From dirt and asphalt short tracks to superspeedways across the nation, drivers have showcased their talents over the course of seven decades. Coming this summer, a brand new Heritage Speedway will unveil more than 200 artifacts that walk you through NASCAR’s storied past decade by decade. In this exhibit, you’ll find iconic moments illustrated through artifacts that capture the personality of the legends who paved the way for today’s drivers along with unexpected memorabilia and relics that pay homage to the sport’s deep-seated roots. Here at the Hall, we’re committed to preserving these stories and can’t wait to share them with you very soon in a revamped Heritage Speedway on the Hall’s fourth floor. This is our sport. This is our house.
Sneak peak of artifacts coming soon:
1960, Helmet with first radio.
Driver Jack Smith and his mechanic, NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bud Moore, came up with a new way to communicate with each other during a race. A primitive microphone and ear phone was adapted to Smith’s helmet, originally used by the Air Force, and was worn by Smith during the first 600 mile race staged at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1960.
1988, Bobby Allison driving uniform.
Of all the uniforms worn by NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bobby Allison, this one may tell the best story. Allison was wearing it in the 1988 Daytona 500 when he was waging a battle for the race win with this talented son, Davey. Bobby won the race with Davey close behind, finishing second. The elder Allison’s career ended just months after this event, making this victory even more significant.
2001, Atlanta Motor Speedway trophy.
After the death of Dale Earnhardt, the number of his car was changed from 3 to 29 and the color of the car was changed from black to white. Kevin Harvick, a teammate of Earnhardt’s, took over the driving duties of the car for its owner, Richard Childress Racing. This trophy represents the first victory for the Harvick/ No. 29 combination as he carried on Earnhardt’s winning tradition. Ironically, the win came in Harvick’s third race, symbolic of Earnhardt’s famous No. 3.