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Dale Earnhardt Jr. highlights new NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be all smiles as he enters the NASCAR Hall of Fame next year. PHOTO: @ActionSports

In his first year on the ballot, Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads a star-studded field for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Because of the pandemic, NASCAR Hall of Fame voters had to do their ballots virtually, but it didn’t matter whether they were in the same room or not. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mike Stefanik, Red Farmer, and Ralph Seagraves are to be inducted in the winter of 2021.

Earnhardt, in his first year on the ballot, scored 76-percent of the Modern Era ballots cast, while Stefanik got 49-percent. Farmer received 71-percent of the Pioneer Ballot, and Ralph Seagraves won the Landmark Award for outstanding contributions to the sport.

Dale Jr. will join his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr. in the Charlotte shrine after a stellar career. A two-time champion in what is now the Xfinity Series, he had ten victories at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. A 26-time winner in the Premier Series, he is also the owner of JR Motorsports, who can boast three Xfinity titles so far.

FARMER, STEFANIK, AND SEAGRAVES TOO

Farmer, a Hialeah, FL native, started 35 Cup races over 13 years without a victory, but won the Modified title in 1956 and won three straight Late Model Sportsman titles from 1969 to ’71. He was part of the “Alabama Gang” as the oldest of a group of Hueytown boys. It included Neil Bonnett and both Allisons, Donnie and Bobby. Bonnett would finish fourth in the balloting.

The 92-year old has been credited with more than 750 wins. He was still driving at the Talladega Short Track up until ten years ago. Farmer is in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Stefanik, who died in a plane crash on Sept. 15, 2019, was a nine-time NASCAR champion, seven coming in the Whelen Modified Tour and two in Busch North, now known as K&N Pro Series East. His career stretched over 30 years.

Seagraves, who passed away in 1998, was the driving force to get R.J. Reynolds to be NASCAR’s Premier Series title sponsor in 1971. It all began when Junior Johnson approached the company seeking a sponsor for his car. At the time, Seagraves was the director of Reynolds’ Special Events Operations. He had a bigger idea than just a single car, and the rest is history. The Winston Cup Series had a lengthy stay from 1971 to 2003.

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