Springfield, Mo., racer Larry Phillips nominated for NASCAR Hall of Fame

The late Larry Phillips, a legendary Midwest champion race car driver, was one of 20 finalists nominated Friday for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

Phillips, of Springfield, Mo., was the only

five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion. During 1989-2001, Phillips won 220 of 289 NASCAR-sanctioned events and 13 track championships in three states.

Phillips, a mentor to the likes of former Sprint Cup champion and Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and 40-race winner Mark Martin, died in 2004. This is the second time Phillips has been nominated.

From the list of 20 nominees, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel on May 21, and will be installed in January 2015.

Among the finalists are Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, Rick Hendrick, Robert Yates, Fred Lorenzen, Richard Childress and Wendell Scott.

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