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Glory Road ICONS

Since opening in 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Glory Road has served as a prominent focal point that greets guests as they enter the Hall. In its third generation, the signature exhibit is receiving a complete makeover with 18 new vehicles and a new theme—ICONS. Glory Road: ICONS features a combination of unforgettable race cars, larger-than-life personalities, exciting tracks, and iconic moments that have been etched into the minds of fans young and old throughout the history of NASCAR.
 

The history of manufacturers using on-track excitement to promote their cars being sold in the showroom began with the relationship between driver/owner Marshall Teague and the Hudson Motor Company. After witnessing Teague’s win in 1951 on the Daytona Beach-Road Course, Hudson began to supply cars and develop performance parts in order to “win on Sunday and sell on Monday.” Hudson’s direct support led to three consecutive championships for the manufacturer. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 


In 1957, NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts drove this car to eight NASCAR premier series victories, the most of his career. He started the season with the Ford factory team but assumed ownership of the car after Ford left the sport. Known as a “zipper top” for its removable hardtop, the car also led Roberts to a win in the NASCAR National Convertibles Division at Darlington Raceway. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 



With 200 wins, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty is the undisputed “King of NASCAR.” He started his career in 1958, but 1964 was his breakout year. Petty captured his first of seven Daytona 500 victories and first of seven championships in his HEMI-powered Plymouth tuned by brother Maurice Petty and crewed by cousin Dale Inman, both NASCAR Hall of Famers. This breakout season set the tone for Petty dominance in the decades to come. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 



As one of the few African Americans to compete in NASCAR’s highest level during the 1960s, NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott faced many challenges. Using secondhand parts and also serving as car owner, crew chief and mechanic, Scott still managed to find success against better funded teams. In 1963 in Jacksonville, Florida, he became the first African American to win a NASCAR premier series race. In 1966, he had his best overall season, finishing sixth in points. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 


Spartanburg, South Carolina, was home to some of NASCAR’s earliest successful teams and drivers. Both NASCAR Hall of Famers, mechanical wizard Cotton Owens and driver David Pearson teamed up in 1963, fielding the now iconic white Dodge Chargers. In 1966, the Dodge’s sloped-back roofline provided an aerodynamic advantage and ushered in a new era of race cars. Pearson and Owens amassed 15 wins and claimed the championship that year. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 



(driven in 1970-1971)

Hailing from Rome, New York, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans’ NASCAR Modified Division career took off behind the wheel of this car, which he ran on short tracks throughout the Northeast in the early 1970s. It was there that the “Rapid Roman” earned the reputation of being among the sport’s best. Evans changed cars over the next 15 years, but he retained his iconic orange paint scheme and the No. 61 while earning a record-setting nine NASCAR championships. Photo courtesy of Lynn Evans
 



Few race cars reach the same level of notoriety as their driver. This car, however, affectionately dubbed “Bertha” by driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, has remained top of mind for race fans for more than four decades. Waltrip first took the wheel of the supersized car in 1976 and remained successful for five seasons. Waltrip’s skill put him on the map, and the car’s iconic name and paint scheme remain recognizable today. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 


In 1978, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison teamed up with NASCAR Hall of Famer and owner Bud Moore. In only their second race together, the duo won the Daytona 500. It was the first win in a 500-mile race for both of them and the first NASCAR premier series victory in a Thunderbird since 1959. This particular chassis appeared in four races at Richmond International Raceway, where Allison picked up two wins and two runner-up finishes. Photo courtesy of NHOF Collection, Gift of Al Steinberg
 


In 1982, NASCAR transformed its regional Sportsman Division into a new national touring series called the Budweiser Late Model Sportsman (now XFINITY Series). Sam Ard and his white No. 00 became one of the series’ most successful and popular stars. After scoring second in points the first season, Ard won the title in 1983. The following year, the series became the NASCAR Busch Late Model Sportsman, and Ard repeated as champion. He captured 22 wins in that three-year span. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 


It takes some drivers years to make their mark on NASCAR’s premier series. In 1987, however, second-generation driver Davey Allison made headlines in his first full season driving for Ranier Racing. His five poles and two wins led to Rookie of the Year honors and a record that would stand for 12 seasons. Robert Yates, who served as engine builder on the car, took over as owner from Harry Ranier in 1989. He kept Allison on as driver and launched Robert Yates Racing. Photo by Dozier Mobley/Getty Images
 



As NASCAR’s longest continually operating team, it is no surprise that some of the sport’s most successful drivers have driven for Wood Brothers Racing. A fan favorite, Neil Bonnett drove for NASCAR Hall of Famers Glen and Leonard Wood early in his career. He reunited with the famous team for two more seasons in 1989 and 1990. Although 1989 proved to be the last year Bonnett ran a full schedule, his No. 21 Ford Thunderbird and personality are still fondly remembered today. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 


Historically an unlucky color for drivers, the green No. 33 Skoal Oldsmobile Cutlass accompanied “Handsome” Harry Gant to Victory Lane 18 times. With crew chief Andy Petree, Gant reached the pinnacle of his career in 1991, scoring five wins. However, it was his run of four consecutive victories starting at the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day that earned him a second nickname of “Mr. September.” Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 


The 1992 season ended at Atlanta Motor Speedway with one of the most memorable events in NASCAR history. Six drivers remained mathematically eligible for the championship. NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott won the race but fell 10 points short to Alan Kulwicki for the premier series title. In addition, fans witnessed the conclusion of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s career and Jeff Gordon’s first race. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 



In response to their growing popularity among consumers, NASCAR launched a third national touring series based on pickup trucks. Mike Skinner, driving for Richard Childress Racing, was the series’ most successful driver in its inaugural season, finding Victory Lane eight times. In a display of dominance at Portland International Raceway, he claimed the pole, led every lap and won the race. His success earned him the first title in a series that still provides some of the sport’s most exciting finishes. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images
 



NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress became the first owner to feature a limited-edition paint scheme. In 1995, his team prepared a special car for NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt for the annual all-star race—The Winston. They continued the tradition and featured this car with the iconic Wrangler throwback paint scheme for the 1999 all-star race, honoring their first seasons together. Specialty paint schemes are now a common fixture in NASCAR. Photo by Harold Hinson Photography
 



On February 20, 2005, Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500 and final victory at Daytona International Speedway. His win put him in an elite group: he became only the fifth driver to win six or more NASCAR premier series races at that track. The race also became the first to end in the newly introduced overtime format. The 203-lap race covered 507.5 miles. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
 



From 2002 to 2016, Jimmie Johnson posted at least one victory in every NASCAR premier series season and won the championship seven times, making the No. 48 Lowe’s-sponsored Chevrolet synonymous with success. He started 2013 with the second Daytona 500 triumph of his career and concluded the season with his sixth NASCAR premier series title. Three years later, he won his seventh championship, tying him with NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
 



After Kyle Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a wreck during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway in February 2015, all hopes of winning his first NASCAR premier series championship seemed dashed. However, he returned 12 races into the season and claimed five wins and 16 top-10 finishes in 25 races, ultimately capturing the championship. It was the first NASCAR premier series title for Toyota and the fourth for Joe Gibbs Racing. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images