NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
         === Jarrett, Petty among new inductees into the NASCAR HOF ===
 Charlotte,  NC (Sports  Network)  -  Former Sprint  Cup  Series champion  Dale
 Jarrett  and legendary  engine builder Maurice Petty were among those selected
 in the 2014 class of inductees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
 Drivers  Tim  Flock,  also  a  former Cup  champion,  Jack  Ingram  and  Glenn
 "Fireball"  Roberts  will join  Jarrett and  Petty in  the NASCAR HofF's fifth
 The  hall's  54-member voting panel  met on Wednesday  in Charlotte to vote on
 next  year's induction class. A national fan vote made up the panel's 55th and
 final  ballot.  NASCAR  Chairman  and  CEO  Brian  France  announced  the  new
 inductees. The 2014 Induction Day at the NASCAR HofF is scheduled for Jan. 29.
 Flock garnered 76 percent of the vote, followed by Petty (67 percent), Jarrett
 (56),  Ingram  (53) and  Roberts (51). The  inductees came from  a group of 25
 nominees.  Jarrett  and Petty were added  to that list of nominations on April
 The next top vote getters were Jerry Cook, Joe Weatherly and Wendell Scott.
 Results  for  the fan vote  conducted through were (in alphabetical
 order): Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Jarrett, Benny Parsons and Roberts.
 "This  is always one  of the most interesting days of the year for me," France
 said  during his  opening remarks  when  announcing the  five inductees.  "I'm
 privileged  to be a  part of the voting panel. Like every year, the list of 25
 nominees, all in my view, one day will be in the (NASCAR) Hall of Fame."
 Jarrett is the 1999 Cup champion, a three-time Daytona 500 winner and two-time
 winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His 32 career wins
 rank  him 21st  on the series' all-time race winners list. He currently serves
 as a commentator for ESPN and ABC's coverage of NASCAR. Jarrett's father, Ned,
 is  a  two-time champion in NASCAR's  premier series and was inducted into the
 Hall  of  Fame in 2011.  They become the third  father-son duo selected to the
 NASCAR  HofF,  following Bill France  Sr. and Bill France  Jr., as well as Lee
 Petty and Richard Petty.
 "I  am very  much surprised  that  this happened  on the  first ballot,"  Dale
 Jarrett  said. "Once  I saw  that I  was  on the  (nominee) list,  I was  very
 appreciative  of  that. I figured  that in  a few years  down the road that it
 would  probably  happen. But  I really came  here with no  idea. I just didn't
 think that."
 Maurice  Petty, the  chief engine  builder at  Petty Enterprises,  becomes the
 fourth member of the famed family in NASCAR to be chosen for membership in the
 hall.  His cousin,  Dale Inman, became the  first crew chief to be inducted in
 2012. Richard Petty was inducted in the inaugural class in 2010, and Lee Petty
 was  enshrined the  following year.  Maurice  gave Richard  the horsepower  he
 needed  to claim seven Cup championships and win a record 200 races, including
 seven in the Daytona 500.
 "The  hair on the back of my neck just stood up; it really did," Maurice Petty
 jokingly  said  of his  reaction to  being inducted in  the NASCAR HofF. "It's
 great. Golly, it's great. That's all I can say. I thank the Lord for it."
 Flock  was one of  the first dominant drivers in NASCAR. He won two Cup titles
 and  recorded 39  race victories during his career. Flock's first championship
 came in 1952. When he claimed his second title in 1955, his 18 race wins stood
 as  a  single-season victory record  until Richard  Petty surpassed it with 27
 wins in 1967. Flock died in 1998 at the age of 73.
 Before the inception of the NASCAR Busch Series in 1982, which is now known as
 the  Nationwide  Series,  Ingram  won three  consecutive  championships,  from
 1972-74,  in  its precursor -- the  Late Model Sportsman Division. He captured
 the  inaugural Busch title in '82 and again in '85. All but two of Ingram's 31
 career wins in the series came on short tracks.
 "It's  just  a great, great thing  to happen to  somebody that put a life into
 short-track  racing on Friday nights and Saturday nights," Ingram said. "To be
 recognized for what you've accomplished is a good feeling."
 Roberts,  who got  his  legendary nickname,  "Fireball," from  his  days as  a
 pitcher  in  high school,  is arguably  the first  superstar in NASCAR. During
 Roberts'  career,  he  won  seven races  at  Daytona  International  Speedway,
 starting with the Firecracker 250 in the summer of 1959, the year the speedway
 opened.  His lone  Daytona 500 victory came  in 1962. He also won the Southern
 500  at  Darlington Raceway  in 1958  and '63.  Roberts died  39 days after an
 accident during the 1964 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 05/22 22:33:58 ET