NASCAR fable Janet Guthrie forsaken as endowment nominee, Hall of Fame contention
Despite being in row for a final 3 years, racing fable Janet Guthrie is no longer on a list of 5 nominees for NASCAR’s 2020 Landmark Award. Guthrie became a initial lady to lead a NASCAR competition and a initial to finish both a Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 1977. Inducted to a International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006, her helmet and racing fit are a partial of a collection during a Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
After 3 years on a list, racing fable Janet Guthrie has been forsaken as one of a 5 nominees for NASCAR’s 2020 Landmark Award.
The special endowment honors superb contributions to a array and recipients are enshrined in a NASCAR Hall of Honor in Charlotte alongside Hall of Fame inductees, who are selected by opposite criteria.
Guthrie, 81, became a initial lady to lead a NASCAR race and a initial to finish both a Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 1977, a attainment not steady until Danica Patrick finished 8 during Daytona in 2013.
“Surely a nominees for 2020 haven’t been announced yet?” Guthrie replied in an email to a Associated Press. “I find that we was nominated for a Landmark Award of 2017 and 2018 as good as 2019. I’ve no thought what their logic is in selecting candidates.”
The 24-person nominating cabinet meets during Speedweeks of a Daytona 500 to name a Hall of Fame and Landmark Award nominees and includes 4 women. This year’s Landmark nominees are Ford executive Ford II, Pocono Raceway owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli, NASCAR President Mike Helton, Bowman Gray Stadium user Alvin Hawkins and R.J. Reynolds deputy Ralph Seagraves.
Guthrie competed in 33 NASCAR Cup races over 4 seasons and had 5 tip 10 finishes. She came in 23rd in a 1977 points standings in a automobile owned by Lynda Ferreri.
An initial member of a International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, Guthrie was inducted to a International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006 and her helmet and racing fit are a partial of a collection during a Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Prior to her racing career, Guthrie was an aeronautical operative and a claimant to be an Apollo astronaut, creation it past a initial turn of evaluations before being cut from a module for reasons she told a Institute of Physics she still doesn’t know.
The usually women now respected in a NASCAR Hall of Fame in any ability are array owner Bill France Sr.’s wife, Anne B. France, and Norma “Dusty” Brandel, a sport’s initial womanlike garage reporter.
Drivers Tony Stewart, Neil Bonnett, Sam Ard, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal and automechanic Red Vogt were combined to a list of 20 Hall of Fame nominees for 2020.
The Associated Press contributed to this report