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Richard Petty said his younger brother earned his own way into the hall. “He won just as many races as anyone and probably more. He did it in an era where he did all the innovation himself,” Richard said. “He didn’t have a computer or anything else. He just did everything himself. It’s good to see him join Dale and myself.”
Flock is 18th on NASCAR’s career victory list with 39. He won series titles in 1952 and 1955. Flock put on a dominant display on the way to his second championship, winning 18 of 39 races that season. Flock died in 1998.
Flock received 76 percent of the vote, the highest total of this year’s class.
Ingram is considered one of the career greats on what’s become the Nationwide Series. He won three straight series titles from 1972-74 when it was called the Late Model Sportsman Division. When the circuit became the NASCAR Busch Series in 1982, Ingram won the first race and series championship.
Ingram added another Busch Series crown in 1985.
Roberts was nearly elected last season, losing out on a second, tiebreaking ballot to Baker. His nickname came from his pitching arm, but is considered one of the first fan favorites because of his go-for-broke style.
The five selected came from a group of 25 nominees. The Hall of Fame said the next three highest vote getters were small-track champion Jerry Cook; Joe Weatherly, who won two premier series championships in the early 1960s; and Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win on NASCAR’s top series.
“All of the nominees will, in my view, one day be in the Hall of Fame,” Brian France said before announcing the five selections.
Richard Petty said the entire group of honorees are worthy members of the hall.
“When you look up there at all of the wins these guys have had, the championships they’ve had together and the influence they’ve had on NASCAR over the period of years, from Tim Flock up to Dale Jarrett and everything in between, is when NASCAR grew,” Richard Petty said.
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