Matt Kenseth elected to the 2023 NASCAR Hall of Fame


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Matt Kenseth was voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2023 on his first ballot. The 2003 Cup Series champion won 39 races during a career that spanned 22 seasons.

Matt Kenseth has 39 wins during his Cup Series career.
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Kenseth’s last full-time season was in 2017 when he finished seventh in the standings, but he raced part of the 2018 season and returned in 2020 to replace Kyle Larson who was suspended at Chip Ganassi Racing for 32 races.

“I never really thought about it,” Kenseth said on a conference call about his Hall of Fame chances.

Kirk Shelmerdine won four championships as Dale Earnhardt's crew chief.

Kirk Shelmerdine won four championships as Dale Earnhardt’s crew chief.
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Kirk Shelmerdine, who was Dale Earnhardt’s team manager for four of his seven championships, also won on modern ballot, while longtime runner Herschel McGriff did so on pioneer ballot.

The 94-year-old McGriff marked his first Grand National Series start with victory in the 1950 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and raced in a K&N Pro Series West race in 2018 at age 90.

Herschel McGriff won the first Grand National Series he entered in the 1950 Southern 500.

Herschel McGriff won the first Grand National Series he entered in the 1950 Southern 500.
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“Racing has always been in me,” McGriff said. “It’s always been about sports.”

Mike Helton, NASCAR’s first chairman who was not a member of France’s founding family, was named the winner of the Landmark Award.

The 2023 induction ceremony is scheduled for January 20.

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