Hall of Fame credentials: First driver in history to win three-straight Cup championships (1976-78), 83 career Cup wins (fifth most in all-time), 69 Cup poles (third all-time), four-time Daytona 500 winner (1968, '77, '83-'84 - second most all-time).
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Which five NASCAR icons will get enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2011? Meet the 25 finalists for the honor.
Hall of Fame credentials: 1983 Cup champion, 84 career Cup wins (tied for third all-time), three-time Daytona 500 winner (1978, '82, '88).
Hall of Fame credentials: First driver to win consecutive series titles (1956, '57), 46 career wins, 45 career Cup poles (10th all-time), founded high-performance driving schools at four tracks.
First to be first
Byron, a native of Anniston, Ala., enjoyed a brief but impressive NASCAR career. In 1948, as stock cars took to the Daytona Beach road course, Byron accelerated past the competition to win the first-ever NASCAR race.
Hall of Fame credentials: Scored six top-five and 76 top-10 finishes in 285 starts as a driver (1969-81). As an owner he has six Cup championships and 11 NASCAR national series owner championships (2nd most all time). First owner in history to win a championship in all three of NASCAR's elite series (Cup, Busch/Nationwide, Trucks).
Hall of Fame credentials: Six-time NASCAR Modified champion. "It's the greatest honor," Cook said. "It's mostly because of my racing accomplishments, but I've been involved in the sport my entire life. When Buzz (McKim, Hall of Fame archivist) me Tuesday morning, I couldn't believe the news. It's not going to get any better than this. It's quite an honor, the highest, the best."
Hall of Fame credentials: Winner of nine NASCAR National Modified championships (1973, '78-84), Race of Champions winner three times.
Hall of Fame credentials: Two-time Cup champion (1952, '55), 39 career Cup wins, won NASCAR's only sports car race, occasionally drove with a monkey named Jocko Flocko.
Hall of Fame credentials: Winner of nine Cup championships as owner, 12 NASCAR national series owner championships (most all-time), won four consecutive Cup titles from 1995-98 (Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte combined).
Hall of Fame credentials: Two-time NASCAR Grand National (now Nationwide) Series champion.
Hall of Fame credentials: Eight-time NASCAR Cup championship winning crew chief.
Hall of Fame credentials: Two-time Cup champion (1961, '65), 50 career Cup wins (tied for 10th all-time).
Hall of Fame credentials: Winner of 26 Cup races in 158 starts, including the 1965 Daytona 500 and World (now Coca-Cola) 600.
Hall of Fame credentials: Championship winning crew chief in 1957 with Buck Baker. Back-to-back championship winning owner (1962-63) with Joe Weatherly. 63 wins as an owner including the 1978 Daytona 500.
Hall of Fame credentials: Owner of the first car to win the series championship, (Red Byron's 1949 championship).
Hall of Fame credentials: 1973 Cup champion, 21 career wins, 20 career poles, 1975 Daytona 500 winner, first driver to qualify a stock car at more than 200 mph (1982, Talladega).
Hall of Fame credentials: Three-time Cup champion (1966, '68-69), 105 career Cup wins (second all-time), 113 career poles (second all-time), 1976 Daytona 500 winner.
Hall of Fame credentials: Winner of inaugural Daytona 500. First winner of three Cup championships (1954, '58-59), 54 career wins (ninth most all time in Cup compeition).
Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, Jr.
Hall of Fame credentials: Winner of 1962 Daytona 500, 33 wins and 32 poles over his career, his death in 1964 led to the development of fire-retardant suits and RaceSafe fuel cells.
T. Wayne Robertson
Hall of Fame credentials: Renowned for taking R.J. Reynolds’ sponsorship of NASCAR’s premier series – then called NASCAR Winston Cup – to a new level of success. Among his many accomplishments was overseeing the creation of the NASCAR All-Star Race – originally called The Winston.
Hall of Fame credentials: First two-time series champ (1951, '53), first three-time winner of the Southern 500 (1951, '54-55), 48 career Cup victories, driver of the Hudson Hornet.
Hall of Fame credentials: Only driver to win two races from pole and leading every lap (Rochester, N.Y. and Charlotte, N.C., July 1950), 17 career Cup wins, first driver to qualify for a race at more than 180 mph (1967 Daytona 500).
Hall of Fame credentials: Three-time Cup champion (1981-82, '85), 84 career Cup wins (tied for third most all-time), 59 career poles (fifth most all-time), 1989 Daytona 500 winner.
Hall of Fame credentials: Two-time Cup champion (1962-63), 25 career Cup wins, drove for nine different teams on way to 1963 championship, won 101 NASCAR modified Division races and the '53 championship.
Hall of Fame credentials: Won four races as a driver and claimed 14 poles. As part-owner of Wood Brothers Racing alongside Leonard and Delano, Glen has 96 Cup wins.