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Jeff Gordon has shot at Hall history during May vote

Jeff Gordon is one of five new nominees eligible for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019, and the biggest question around his eligibility isn’t about whether he’ll be voted in.

With 93 career Monster Energy Series wins plus intangibles like introducing NASCAR to a wider audience, it seems clear Gordon is headed for enshrinement. But with what percentage of the vote? Is 100 percent possible?

It’s an interesting question, one Winston Kelley, the Hall’s executive director, attempted to tackle Tuesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

“We have yet to have a unanimous pick,” Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday night. “Jeff Gordon can and in my estimation probably should be that first unanimous pick.”

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No other inducted driver has earned 100 percent of the vote, with a big caveat that voting percentages for the very first class (Class of 2010) were not revealed. Robert Yates (2018) and David Pearson (2011) each received 94 percent of the vote when they were inducted.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the top vote-getters by percentage:

Year Inductee Percentage
2011 David Pearson 94%
2018 Robert Yates 94%
2015 Bill Elliott 87%
2012 Cale Yarborough 85%
2017 Benny Parsons 85%
2012 Darrell Waltrip 82%
2012 Dale Inman 78%
2014 Tim Flock 76%
2018 Red Byron 74%
2016 Bruton Smith 68%