Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson to participate in the Hall of Fame voting

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Since 2014, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has invited the newest Cup Series champion to participate in the voting day process. This year, there will be two.

Ruling Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson will cast his vote when the voting committee meets Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Charlotte, helping to select the three winners of the 2023 Hall class. He will be joined on the panel by fellow 2020 Series Champion Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott. The newly elected class will be announced in the Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. ET.

The inclusion of Larson and Elliott came after the COVID-19 coronavirus boycotted the annual ballot. The class of 2021 was chosen by a hypothetical voting process just three months after the pandemic broke out in 2020. COVID-19 concerns have postponed those induction ceremonies until January of this year and forced the cancellation of voting for a potential class of 2022.

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To ensure Elliott also had the advantage that was supposed to come with his first Cup Series title, the Hall of Fame managers added him to this year’s voting committee roster.

“Yes, I appreciate them remembering me, and letting me do that,” Elliott said during the Cup Series’ final trip to the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. “So I’m excited. It’s a great honor to have it, and I really think it’s one of the coolest awards you’ve ever had for being a hero and that they let you be a part of it.”

Jimmy Johnson was the first seated champ in the Cup Series to take part in the Hall of Fame voting day, adding his vote to the 2014 class after taking home his sixth title. He returned to the voting committee after taking his record seventh championship in 2016. Kyle Busch is the only other driver to have featured twice as a Cup Series Champion (2015, 2019).

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Elliott and Larson are both newcomers as first-time modern champions, and both said they plan to study the achievements of this year’s 15 nominees, as well as the lives of the five individuals who will be considered for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

“I have a lot of homework to do and maybe I need to ask some questions to the other committee members, because for me, you know, there are a lot of names on the list that I don’t know very well about their careers, and there are some names that I On them, just because I was old enough to watch them race. But just because I was old enough to watch them race doesn’t make them more or less eligible to join, just because of the time and popularity of the sport shouldn’t be the only reason a guy would vote in. So yeah, we’ll see, But I’m excited to be a part of the process.”

Larson said he didn’t know he would be part of the process until he was notified last month, shortly after the nominations and voting committee for the 2023 class were announced. Like Elliott, Larson said he plans to do his own research to be a more informed voter when the ballots are handed out.

“Chase and I are in this year so maybe we can bounce some notes off each other, but either way, it’s just a great honor and something to look forward to,” Larson said. “I mean, there are a lot of people that I feel I don’t even know about, so for me, I’m going to do a lot of studying and it would be great to be a fan and try to learn some of the history of people and what they did on the racetrack as well as off the track that probably deserves the right to get in.” into the Hall of Fame.”

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