The latest group of honorees is made up of Davey Allison, son of Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison who won nineteen races including the 1992 Daytona 500.
Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup Series champion who won thirteen races in 1998 – a single-season record for the modern era.
Alan Kulwicki, the ultimate underdog who beat his high-dollar, high-profile rivals to win the 1992 Cup Series championship.
Roger Penske, long-time team owner who has presided over more than one hundred wins in NASCAR’s top series and celebrated fifty years in motor sports in 2016.
And fellow team owner Jack Roush, who’s won a record 325 races across NASCAR’s three national series and helped steer Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch to back-to-back Cup Series championships in 2003 and 2004.
Allison’s career began with Rookie of the Year honors in 1987, when he replaced the legendary Cale Yarborough in the Ford stable. Tragically, he was killed just six years later in a helicopter crash. Gordon arrived on the scene in 1992 and took the business by storm, helping transform NASCAR from a regional sport into the mainstream. Kulwicki was a noted short-track racer in Wisconsin before relocating to North Carolina to chase his NASCAR dreams. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1986, but – like Allison – his life was cut short when he died in a plane crash in 1993. Penske won the 2012 Cup Series championship with Brad Keselowski, and owns a pair of Daytona 500 victories with Ryan Newman and Joey Logano. Roush has collected five owner championships across NASCAR’s three national series including those two Cup Series crowns for Kenseth and Busch. The Class of 2019 will be formally inducted in February