The votes were casted by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel – consisting of members of the Nominating Committee along with 29 others representing NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, major race track ownership groups, retired drivers, owners and crew chiefs along with motorsports media representatives – alongside a huge voting process hosted by the NASCAR official site.
In the end, more than 670,000 NASCAR fans voted for their desired Hall of Fame, but only those 5 mentioned above made the cut. According to the fans, the overall classification of the first ever class in the NASCAR Hall of Fame was Petty, Earnhardt, Bill France Sr., Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison.
According to a press release from NASCAR, the Class of 2010 will be officially inducted in a ceremony on May 23, 2010, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
Bobby Allison, Buck Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt, Richie Evans, Tim Flock, Bill France Jr., Bill France Sr., Rick Hendrick, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Bud Moore, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, David Pearson, Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Fireball Roberts, Herb Thomas, Curtis Turner, Darrell Waltrip, Joe Weatherly, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough were also among the nominees for the Class of 2010.
Read the full press release from NASCAR to learn more about the 5 members of Class of 2010.