Stewart, Gibbs among 5 elected to NASCAR Hall

Tony Stewart owner of Stewart Haas Racing listens during a news conference for the NASCAR Cup series auto race at the Homestead Miami Speedway Friday Nov. 16 2018 in Homstead Fla

Tony Stewart owner of Stewart Haas Racing listens during a news conference for the NASCAR Cup series auto race at the Homestead Miami Speedway Friday Nov. 16 2018 in Homstead Fla

For additional details about the Class of 2020 Induction Weekend events and to learn about becoming a NASCAR Hall of Fame member, visit nascarhall.com. Gibbs and Wilson each received 72 percent, Baker 70 percent and Labonte 67 percent.

The Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class on Wednesday, headlined by three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. Throughout his career, Stewart compiled 3 Cup Championships ('02, '05, '11), 49 wins and 15 poles. Stewart competed through 1999-2016 in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. As soon as Stewart arrived in the Cup Series, he showed that he would be a force to be reckoned with some day. In the later years of his driving career and after it, his Stewart-Haas Racing operation became one of the Cup Series' premier organisations; as of 2019, Stewart is the only person to win a driver's and an owner's championship (the latter with Kevin Harvick in 2014). He won the prestigious Brickyard 400 at his beloved, home-state Indianapolis Motor Speedway twice.

He called it his most memorable moment in NASCAR.

Gibbs has won championships in the National Football League as well as in auto racing.

Gibbs, a NFL Hall of Fame head coach, entered NASCAR as an owner in 1992.

The three-time Cup Series champion will be inducted alongside his former vehicle owner Joe Gibbs and teammate Bobby Labonte. Known as a master motivator, Gibbs' 157 Cup owner wins rank third in series history. They include three Daytona 500 victories and five Brickyard 400 wins. Special pre-sales will be available to NASCAR Hall of Fame members Tuesday, June 25 through Friday, July 5.

Waddell Wilson was the third name announced at the ceremony on Wednesday. Founded in 1992 and like SHR, JGR is a regular contender for wins and championships, with four in the Cup Series. During those years he collected 22 victories and 32 poles in 287 starts.

Wilson's engines helped some of the greatest drivers in history. The Bakersville, North Carolina native engines helped some of NASCAR's biggest stars rise to the occasion - including NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip to 109 wins and 123 poles. Wilson was a dual-threat in NASCAR garages serving as both a crew chief and engine builder. The famed "Grey Ghost" he assembled for Buddy Baker still holds the Daytona 500 record with an average speed of 177.602 miles per hour.

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Baker, known as the "Gentle Giant", was elected in his sixth year on the ballot.

Stewart is one of the most prolific Cup drivers to never win the Daytona 500, joining fellow Hall of Famer Mark Martin in that category. That track record still stands today. That same year Baker became the first driver to eclipse the 200-mph mark on a closed course while testing at Talladega. In 729-career Cup Series races, Labonte won 21 times.

Buddy Baker: The victor of the 1980 Daytona 500 and 1970 Southern 500 was one of NASCAR's home run hitters, counting several major wins among his 19 career victories on the premier circuit. Baker also won back-to-back Coca-Cola 600s at Charlotte in 1972-1973. His reputation is only aided by his successful post-racing transition to the broadcast booth, where he helped cover races for both Sirius XM radio and CBS. Before he lost his battle with cancer in 2015, Baker co-hosted Late Shift and Tradin' Paint on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Later in Wilson's career he became a crew chief, holding that position from 1979-88, 1990-93 and 1995.

Labonte was the first driver to hold the distinction of championships in botht he Cup and Busch [now-Xfinity] Series when he claimed his Cup title in 2000.

Labonte was the first of four drivers to win a championship in the Cup and Xfinity Series. He is also one of 27 drivers to win a race in all three national series. The Texan showed up on the biggest stages throughout his 2000 Cup championship season, earning two of his four wins in the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.

In addition to the 2020 class, voters will choose the 2020 Landmark Award victor, given for outstanding contributions to NASCAR. Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, serves as a member of the board of directors for Ford Motor Company and has been a long-time NASCAR supporter.

Edsel makes a point regularly to check in with all the NASCAR Ford teams at the racetrack. His leadership at Ford includes time as President and Chief Operating Officer (May, 1991-1998) and a Director of International Speedway Corporation (November, 2007-October, 2015).

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