When it's all sorted out, five nominees will be selected for the 2014 class. The results will be announced live on SPEED and streamed on NASCAR.com at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
"We'll have a ton of legends in the room," Jewkes said. "We believe people will have a lot of interest in this. Our fans are passionate and have an unquenchable thirst for content. It's a wide open class. There doesn't appear to be any lead-pipe locks."
Edwards on Trickle
Carl Edwards shared a nice memory about Dick Trickle, a NASCAR short-track legend who committed suicide last week at age 71.
"The first time I ever saw him, I was 16 years old," Edward said during a teleconference on Tuesday. "I was working on Kenny Schrader's ARCA team in the garage at Michigan. It felt like it was 140 degrees outside. It was really, really hot. They sent me on an errand. I was walking through the Cup garage. I was really hot.
"I look over and here is this gray-haired man standing in a black firesuit with a cigarette in his hand out in the sun leaning on the garage. I think he had a cup of coffee in the other hand. I thought right then, 'That must be the toughest human being on earth.'
"After seeing that, I've always had a ton of respect for Dick Trickle."
Edwards honored him by having Trickle's name written just above his window in his ride for the all-star race last weekend.
Status quo for Stewart
As the struggles continue for Stewart-Haas Racing, so does the speculation. It got amped up when team co-owner Tony Stewart spent about two hours in the team hauler, meeting with crew chief Steve Addington and team engineers after the all-star race last weekend. The team has struggled with handling issues all years long.
"We've all won races together and championships together; we're going to pull ourselves out of this together," said the team official, who requested anonymity. "Every team goes through this at one point or another. We'll get through it."