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50 Days of Prizes, Sneak Peeks and News

The checkered flag is in sight and the countdown is on until the NASCAR Hall of Fame opens May 11, 2010.

Beginning March 22 and running through May 11, NASCAR Hall of Fame will reveal one feature of the facility daily. The 150,000-square-foot interactive entertainment attraction also has launched a 50-day countdown contest on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Twitter page (@NASCARHall). A trivia question will be posted each morning and the lucky fan who posts the first correct response to @NASCARHall will win a NASCAR Hall of Fame prize pack.  Follow us for your chance to win and check back here for a daily sneak peek at what’s to come at the NASCAR Hall of Fame!

May 10 - 1 day until opening

Trivia Question: The ribbon around the Hall is how many feet? It’s the same as the backstretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway?
Trivia Answer: 1800 feet
Winner: Congratulations to @HazzardC.
SNEAK PEEK: NASCAR Hall of Fame Fun Facts

The NASCAR Hall of Fame opens tomorrow at 10 a.m.  
The 150,000-square-foot interactive, entertainment attraction honors the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue is designed to educate as well as entertain race fans and non-fans alike, telling the story of NASCAR through authentic artifacts, interactive exhibits, and memorable experiences.
Some fun facts about the NASCAR Hall of Fame: 

Important Dates
Groundbreaking: January 25, 2007
Opens: May 11, 2010
First Induction Ceremony: May 23, 2010 

2010 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees
Number of 2010 Inductees: 5 (Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Jr., Bill France Sr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty)

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Facility
Square footage: 150,000 square feet
Cost: $195 million (includes NHOF, Crown Ballroom, City’s half of parking garage)
Estimated economic impact for Charlotte: $60 million annually
Features more than 40,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and artifacts

NASCAR Hall of Fame Exterior Ribbon
The ribbon that circles the building and lights up at night has approximately 3,225 shingles
Each shingle measures 2 feet x 6 feet
The ribbon averages 30 feet in height and is 42 feet at its greatest point
The ribbon’s lighting feature contains 1,150 linear feet of light slots
The ribbon is approximately 1,800 feet, which is the same length as the backstretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Crown Ballroom (Operated by Charlotte Convention Center)
40,000-square-foot ballroom is the largest in the Charlotte market
Features a 30’ x 60’ x 32’ built-in stage
Has a banquet seating capacity of 2,400 and theater seating capacity of 4,200

High Octane Theater
Seats more than 275
Features 64-foot-wide curved projection screen with surround sound

Glory Road
0 to 33 degrees banked ramp simulating various racetracks
Features 18 historic cars
Highlights 40 current and historic racetracks
Two opportunities for fans to walk up and experience - 14 and 33 degrees

The Great Hall
State-of-the-art, interactive, 14’ x 18’ fan billboard screen
Capacity of 680 for receptions; 360 for banquets

May 9 - 2 days until opening

Trivia Question: What NASCAR family accomplished the ultimate family tradition by being the first to have four generations of athletes in any sport?
Trivia Answer: The Petty family
Winner: Congratulations to @SHLBYSALEN
SNEAK PEEK: Martha Earnhardt’s Elvis Presley Charm Bracelet, 1956

It’s not surprising that NASCAR is a generational endeavor, given the all-consuming nature of pro racing. Parents, children, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands and cousins figure into racing dynasties – driving, engine building, car building and track management. Then there’s the NASCAR organization itself now run by a third generation of the France family.

In Heritage Speedway, guests can see artifacts of NASCAR’s great families including the Allison family, the France family and the Petty family. Also on display are artifacts from the Earnhardt family including an Elvis Presley charm bracelet that Dale Earnhardt presented to his mother in 1956. Martha Earnhardt was a big fan of Elvis. Dale bought his mother a rare bracelet and told her to keep it in the original package to retain its value. The bracelet, in its original packaging, is on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

May 8 - 3 days until opening

Trivia Question: Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 in what year? And it was his XXth attempt?
Trivia Answer: 1998, 20th attempt
Winner: Congratulations to @SolakNC
SNEAK PEEK: The 1998 Daytona 500 checkered flag with autographs from all winners at the track that year, including Dale Earnhardt.

Dale Earnhardt will forever remain one of NASCAR’s greats. Earnhardt was known for his determination to win, no matter what it took and was often in hot water with his fellow drivers and NASCAR officials. Taking on the monikers, “Ironhead” or “The Intimidator,” he always pushed everything to the limit.

Earnhardt and Richard Petty are tied for the record of most series titles (7). Earnhardt also won consecutive titles on three occasions and still ranks seventh in all-time history for race wins. The world watched Earnhardt win the Daytona 500 in 1998 with heartfelt joy as he finally achieved this win on his 20th attempt.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is pleased to honor Dale Earnhardt as part of the inaugural 2010 class of inductees. Guests will see a number of “The Intimidator’s” artifacts throughout the NASCAR Hall of Fame including the checkered flag from that monumental race. Guests can see Earnhardt’s written note that the Daytona 500 victory came on his 20th attempt. The flag also features signatures from all the winners of each event held at the Speedway that year. Earnhardt will also be featured in an extensive Hall of Honor exhibit to be unveiled May 23 following the Inaugural Induction Ceremony. 

May 7 - 4 days until opening

Trivia Question: Which driver's mother made a window net for his car in 1971?
Trivia Answer: Richard Petty
Winner: Congratulations to @whitetailbuck10
SNEAK PEEK: Petty Enterprises Driver Window Net, 1971

Today’s reveal is the Petty Enterprises Driver Window Net.  After Richard Petty flipped his car at Darlington in 1970, it was clear that something was needed to keep drivers inside their cars. Richard’s mother fabricated this net, a design still in use today.

Safety always has been a priority for NASCAR.  Over the past decades, improvements in safety have included the SAFER Barrier, HANS device, a harness that attaches to the existing seat belt, restrictor plates, barriers, roof flaps, pit road safety and spotters.     

Restrictor plates are used at Daytona and Talladega to reduce speeds that result from the high degrees of banking.  These plates keep speeds more manageable in accordance with the aerodynamic factors of today’s race care. Roof flaps were introduced in 1994 to keep a car on the ground in the event of a spin or accident. 

Guests can learn about the progression in safety measures taken by NASCAR in Heritage Speedway. 

May 6 - 5 days until opening

Trivia Question: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is presenting a musical about the history of stock car racing. Name the musical.
Trivia Answer: Heaven on Wheels
Winner: Congratulations to @knb226
SNEAK PEEK: NASCAR Hall of Fame hard card holders receive admission discounts at area cultural organizations on May 11

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is proud to partner with members of Charlotte’s cultural community to celebrate the facility’s grand opening on May 11, 2010. 

The participating organizations are (offers valid only May 11, unless specified):

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
www.bechtler.org
Offer: Show your Hall of Fame hard card and receive $2 off individual admission. 

Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Road, Charlotte, NC 28215
www.charlottemuseum.org
Offer:  Buy-one-get-one-free coupons available for their Beneath the Badge exhibit. 

Discovery Place
301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
www.discoveryplace.org
Offer: Show your Hall of Fame hard card and receive $2 off admission.  Offer valid through Sun., May 16.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
www.ganttcenter.org
Offer:  Show your Hall of Fame hard card and receive $2 off individual admission. 

Levine Museum of the New South
200 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
www.museumofthenewsouth.org
Offer: Show your Hall of Fame hard card, get $1 off individual admission or $2 off family/household admission, AND receive a free Richard Petty historic mini-poster! Posters available while supplies last. 

North Carolina Dance Theatre
Blumenthal Box Office – Belk Theater
Offer:  Show your Hall of Fame hard card at the Blumenthal Box Office and receive a 20% discount on tickets to Director’s Choice performances at 7:30pm May 13 – 15, 2010. 

Mint Museum of Art
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207
www.mintmuseum.org
Offer:  Show your Hall of Fame hard card and receive buy-one-get-one-free admission. 

The following organizations have free admission:

McColl Center for Visual Art
721 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 2802
www.mccollcenter.org
Free admission

The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film
345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
www.lightfactory.org
Free admission

May 5 - 6 days until opening

Trivia Question: In which race fif the Chrysler Corporation winged cars make their debut?
Trivia Answer:  1969 Talladega 500
Winner: Congratulations to @LocalTracks
SNEAK PEEK: #71 K&K Dodge Daytona

The beautiful, orange #71 K&K Dodge Daytona located on Glory Road carried Bobby Isaac to the 1970 NASCAR championship in a season that saw Isaac compete in 47 events. The winged cars were used on speedways of one mile or greater for a total of 19 events and Isaac had no problem keeping the car at the front of the pack. He finished nine times in the Top five with five of those being runner-up finishes. He also had 13 Top 10s and two poles with the magnificent winged creation.

After Isaac’s NASCAR career was over, Harry Hyde, his legendary crew chief and the K&K Insurance Racing Team took the car to Utah’s famed Bonneville Salt Flats in September 1971. There, the car set a total of 28 world speed records, some of which still stand nearly four decades later. This NASCAR classic is on loan to the NASCAR Hall of Fame courtesy of Tim Wellborn and his Wellborn Muscle Car Museum www.wellbornmusclecarmuseum.com located in Alexander City, Al. 

May 4 - 7 days until opening

Trivia Question: How many positions make up a Sprint Cup over the wall pit crew?
Trivia Answer:  7
Winner: Congratulations to @David_Terri of Tennessee
SNEAK PEEK: Kobalt Tools Pit Crew Challenge

Food Lion Race Week offers a highly-interactive, hands-on environment with fun opportunities for the entire family. Food Lion Race Week takes guests behind the scenes for a look at how a NASCAR team and the NASCAR industry prepare for race day each week. Guests can see an engine dyno, practice a pit stop, walk through a full- size NASCAR Sprint Cup hauler, call a race as a broadcaster would, get behind the wheel in one of eight iRacing simulators and more.

The Kobalt Tools Pit Crew Challenge allows you to compete for the best-timed pit stop.  Guests can step into the role of a jackman, tire changer or gasman. A timer is located above the car to let each team know how well they are performing. A modified Kobalt Tools Pit Crew Challenge provides youngsters the opportunity to experience a pit stop with tools made especially for their size. 

May 3 - 8 days until opening

Trivia Question: Who was the first driver to qualify a stock car at more than 200 mph?
Trivia Answer:  Benny Parsons
Winner: Congratulations to @rowdygirl1851 of Michigan
SNEAK PEEK: Benny Parsons' Team Financial Statement, 1975 (Reproduction)

Benny Parsons, like Junior Johnson, was born in Wilkes County, N.C. Parsons finished high school in North Carolina. He then moved to Detroit, where his father ran a taxi cab company. Parsons drove taxi cabs and worked at a gas station while in Detroit.

Benny Parsons began his NASCAR career in 1964, won the Daytona 500 in 1975 and eventually retired in 1988. In 1982 at the Winston 500 at Talladega, Parsons became the first driver to qualify a stock car at more than 200 mph. Parsons' career accomplishments also include being a television commentator for ESPN, NBC and TNT. His post-driving career also included opening a winery, Rendezvous Ridge.

Today's reveal is Benny Parsons' team financial statement from 1975. Owners kept a close eye on the financial management of their team and even though Parsons posted a financial loss for the 1975 season, he still finished 4th in points. Fans can view this artifact representing a part of the six decades of NASCAR history while visiting Heritage Speedway.

May 2 - 9 days until opening

Trivia Question: Last night on the FOX race broadcast which two drivers shared memories of driving the No. 9 Budweiser car?
Trivia Answer:  Kasey Kahn and Darrell Waltrip
Winner: Congratulations to @phillipbupp
SNEAK PEEK: NASCAR Hall of Fame Hard Card Hosts and Experience

Just like at the racetrack, NASCAR Hall of Fame visitors receive a Hard Card, an all-access pass to behind-the-scenes excitement and industry know-how. The Hard Card documents guests’ journey of the 150,000-square-foot, hi-tech, entertainment facility through a number of hands-on activities and interactive video screens.

Guests can place their Hard Card on touch screens located throughout the NASCAR Hall of Fame and personalize their experience, create a profile and even choose one of nine NASCAR drivers to be their virtual host. Choose from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, David Pearse, Jimmie Johnson, Junior Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Richard Petty, Tony Stewart or Darrell Waltrip.

Once a guest returns home, they can visit NASCARHall.com/hardcard to revisit their NASCAR Hall of Fame experience and access their scores from the many interactive exhibits and video stations, one-of-a-kind photos from their visit, achievements and additional exhibit information.

May 1 - 10 days until opening

Trivia Question: Which U.S. President pardoned Junior Johnson?
Trivia Answer:  Ronald Reagan
Winner: Congratulations to @phillipbupp
SNEAK PEEK:   Junior Johnson’s Presidential Pardon and Photograph

Junior Johnson, born Robert Glenn Johnson, Jr. in 1931, is almost as famous for running moonshine as he is for his racing career. A native of Wilkes County, N.C., Johnson’s career includes 50 wins and 46 poles. He had even more success as an owner ranking second of all time with 139 victories.

Prior to 1955, Johnson worked with his father by delivering moonshine but gave that up to be a full-time race car driver. In 1956, Johnson was caught working at his father’s still, convicted of producing illegal liquor and sent to prison. He was given a 2-year sentence but was pardoned eleven months later. His pardon provided by President Reagan and his photograph are on display in the Hall of Honor, the sacred area where NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees will be enshrined, celebrated and honored over the years.

April 30 - 11 days until opening

Trivia Question: How many lucky grand prize winners will get a special meeting w/ a NASCAR star May 11?
Trivia Answer: 15
Winner: Congratulations to @mmar0260185
NEWS: NASCAR Hall of Fame launches contest and announces names of NASCAR superstars set to participate in grand opening.

NASCAR Hall of Fame officials today released the names of NASCAR drivers, owners and executives planning to participate in the Tuesday, May 11 grand opening of the 150,000-square-foot facility in uptown Charlotte, N.C. As part of the historic day, 15 lucky customers will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame with a NASCAR celebrity.

Fifteen winners will be randomly selected from the names of everyone who has purchased an annual membership or ticket to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 11. Tickets must be purchased before 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 4. The first five names drawn will get the unique honor of being the first to walk into the new NASCAR Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. Those five lucky fans will be accompanied by Inaugural Inductees Richard Petty and Junior Johnson, three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion Darrell Waltrip, 5-time NASCAR Grand National Champion Jack Ingram and reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday.

The remaining 10 names drawn will get to enter the venue with a well-known NASCAR competitor at their respective entry time. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a timed-entry facility, meaning customers enter by appointment at the top of every hour. The 10 lucky fans will enter with NASCAR superstars Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and others. Sweepstakes winners will be notified prior to May 11. Complete rules are available at www.NASCARHall.com.   

“We are looking forward to the opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the opportunity to share this incredible experience with our guests.  I vividly recall the first time I met Richard Petty as a young boy and can personally attest that entering the Hall of Fame with these NASCAR stars will be a moment they will remember the rest of their lives,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Not many people can say they were the first ever to walk into a new venue at its ribbon cutting, and it is extra special to walk in with the sport’s icons.”

NASCAR Champions and special guests confirmed to participate in grand opening activities throughout the day include Bobby Allison, Johnny Benson, Greg Biffle, Todd Bodine, Chuck Bown, Busch, Richard Childress, Brian France, Steve Grissom, Harvick, Mike Helton, Rick Hendrick, Hornaday, Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Ned Jarrett, Johnson, Kahne, Travis Kvapil, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Bud Moore, Joe Nemechek, Petty, Mike Skinner, Martin Truex Jr., Rusty Wallace, Waltrip and Rex White. More names may be announced at a later date.

Click here for official rules.

April 29 -12 days until opening

Trivia Question: How many different sauces can you find at Buffalo Wild Wings?
Trivia Answer: 14
Winner: Congratulations to @Smoke_fan_14 of Alabama
SNEAK PEEK: Grand opening of the Buffalo Wild Wings at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Two guys from Buffalo, N.Y. started Buffalo Wild Wings in Kent, Ohio.  Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery moved to Ohio in 1981 and realized that they could not find buffalo-style wings in their new hometown.  Knowing that realistically they could not drive to New York whenever the craving for wings hit them, Disbrow and Lowery decided to open a wing joint. 

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is one of the Top 10 fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country. Adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a new 8,400 square-foot Buffalo Wild Wings which officially opens today. The restaurant features 14 signature sauces. The NASCAR Hall of Fame complex features the new restaurant,  a 5,800-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop retail outlet, a NASCAR Media Group-operated TV & radio broadcast studio, a privately-developed, 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. 

April 28 -13 days until opening

Trivia Question: Today in 2002, what driver won his 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and at what track?
Trivia Answer: Jimmie Johnson won his first NSCS race at Auto Club (California) Speedway on April 28,2002
Winner: Congratulations to @Matt_Kacar of Tennessee
SNEAK PEEK: Jimmie Johnson's four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Trophies

With 13 days until opening, the NASCAR Hall of Fame today announced four prominent historic items to be on display at the 150,000-square-foot interactive, entertainment attraction – Jimmie Johnson’s four NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM Trophies. The reigning four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion has loaned his four personal trophies to the venue for six months.

"The NASCAR Hall of Fame is going to have so many cool things, showing the history of our sport. I was definitely humbled that they asked for something of mine to display,” said Johnson. “It’s an honor for me and the whole 48 Lowe’s team. I hope fans appreciate seeing the trophies up close. I know how special they are to me, and I’ve certainly enjoyed seeing them the past four years.”

While the NASCAR Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR, a current item such as Johnson’s trophies recognizes the importance of history in the making. Eight years ago today, Johnson captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win on April 28, 2002 at California Speedway, and since then, he has earned a spot in the record books as the only driver to win four consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships (2006-2009). 

April 27 -14 days until opening

Trivia Question: Who was the first woman to compete at the Charlotte Motor Speedway?
Trivia Answer: Janet Guthrie
Winner: Congratulations to @dawndeems
SNEAK PEEK: Janet Guthrie’s Driver Uniform and Driving Shoes from 1976

Janet Guthrie was born on March 7, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa.  Guthrie started her racing career in a Jaguar XK 12 and went on to win two Sports Car Club of America races. Guthrie eventually moved to stock cars and became the first woman to qualify for the Daytona 500.  She also was the only woman to lead a race in NASCAR’s premier series.

While her NASCAR career was only from 1976-78, Guthrie received recognition as an inductee into the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980. At the NASCAR Hall of Fame, guests can see Guthrie’s driver uniform and driving shoes from 1976 in Heritage Speedway.  She brought the soft-soled driving shoes to NASCAR from her sports-car days.  The shoes provided road racers the soft touch needed on the pedals. Guthrie’s uniform and driving shoes remind fans that she was the first woman to compete at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, finishing 15th in the 1976 World 600.

April 26 -15 days until opening

Trivia Question: What is the name of the camp in N.C built in Adam Petty’s memory?
Trivia Answer:  Victory Junction
Winner: Congratulations to @phillipbupp
SNEAK PEEK: Kyle Petty’s Pinewood Derby Car and Trophy

Kyle Petty grew up in the legendary racing family of Richard and Lee Petty. Petty had one of his first victories racing a pinewood derby car down a straight track at age 14 during a Boy Scout event in 1974.

Known as a great NASCAR spokesman and philanthropist, Petty also takes time to support causes especially for children. He and his wife, Patty, founded Victory Junction Gang Camp for chronically-ill children in honor of their son, Adam. Along with Victory Junction Gang Camp, he started the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. During this great event, Kyle is joined by NASCAR fans, drivers and crew members as they ride their motorcycles across America to visit children’s hospitals and other charities.

Guests can find out how some of NASCAR’s biggest names started and see Kyle Petty’s pinewood derby car and trophy in Kobalt Kids Zone, the family-friendly area perfect for the smaller set of rookie racers.

April 25 -16 days until opening

Trivia Question: What year was Bill France Jr. born?
Trivia Answer:  1933
Winner: Congratulations to @JJFan1993
SNEAK PEEK: Bill France Jr.’s Brass Ship Wheel

Bill France Jr. took the reins of NASCAR in January 1972 from his father, Bill France Sr. Growing up in the original NASCAR family, he learned the business through his “grass roots” experiences in the sport. Bill Jr. did everything from flagging events to driving a race car.

Bill Jr. is credited with taking NASCAR to a new level of success as it became America’s number one form of motorsports and the nation’s second-most popular sport overall.  He remained the president until 2000 before passing the torch to Mike Helton. 

On display in the Hall of Honor is the brass ship wheel presented to Bill France, Jr. as a thank you from RJ Reynolds, sponsor of the Winston Cup Series. The Hall of Honor is the sacred area where NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees will be enshrined, celebrated and honored over the years. Bill France Jr.’s brass ship wheel and a variety of artifacts honoring the inaugural 2010 class of inductees, Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Sr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty, will be revealed after the Induction Ceremony on May 23.

April 24 -17 days until opening

Trivia Question: Which driver is known as Mr. September?
Trivia Answer:  Harry Gant
Winner: Congratulations to @leojtravis10
SNEAK PEEK: Harry Gant’s Winning Trophy from the 1991 Southern 500 Race

“Handsome” Harry Gant earned the nickname “Mr. September” for winning four consecutive races in September 1991. These races were held in Darlington, S.C., Richmond, Va., Dover, Del. and Martinsville, Va.  To win four races in a row is among the most difficult feats for a driver in NASCAR and a very rare occurrence. To make it all the more amazing, Harry was 50 years, 9 months old when he accomplished this momentous achievement. 

In Heritage Speedway, history buffs and NASCAR novices alike can explore authentic artifacts and educational films depicting the story of NASCAR’s exciting six-decade history.  The most artifact-rich area of the facility, guests can view hundreds of historical, NASCAR-related items.  Harry Gant’s winning trophy from the 1991 Southern 500 Race is featured in Heritage Speedway. 

April 23 - 18 days until opening 

Trivia Question: What is the highest degree of banking at the Daytona International Speedway?
Trivia Answer: 31 degrees
Winner: Congratulations to @SolakNC 
Sneak Peek: Glory Road’s 14-degrees and 33-degrees walk-out experiences

Glory Road is highlighted by 18 historical cars. It also mimics the various degrees of banking at racetracks including the impressive 33-degree incline found at Talladega Superspeedway. Fans have the opportunity to walk on the surface and experience the high banks at 14 and 33 degrees.

The highest banking degree found in NASCAR today is at Talladega Superspeedway at 33-degrees.  Daytona is a close second with a 31-degree of banking. Bristol Motor Speedway, the impressive half-mile oval in Tennessee, is 30 degrees.

The attraction of Glory Road is a delight for the senses as our visitors see the beauty of the 18 historic cars and feel the sensation of standing at 14 and 33 degrees.

April 22 - 19 days until opening 

Trivia Question: This year, the Hickory Motor Speedway will celebrate how many race seasons of competition?
Trivia Answer: 59
Winners: Congratulations to @JalenJade and @Cherd1!
Sneak Peek: The Great Hall Compass Identifying 20 Racetracks in US

Charlotte, NC is considered the home of NASCAR.  The design team at the NASCAR Hall of Fame created a compass in The Great Hall which identifies 20 NASCAR racetracks. Each racetracks’ name and destination is identified by compass lines, denoting the number of miles the racetrack is from Charlotte.

Considered the “Times Square” of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, The Great Hall features rotating exhibit displays, an interactive 14’x18’ video billboard displaying lively video scenes and messages, the majestic Glory Road and the compass lines drawn on the floor pointing toward current and historic racetracks.  

April 21 - 20 days until opening 

Trivia Question: The first 5 inductees for NASCAR Hall of Fame were announced on what date (mo/da/yyyy)?
Trivia Answer: Oct. 14, 2009
Winner: @mmar0260185 from Pennsylvania
News: Induction Ceremony Tickets go on Sale April 24 at 10 a.m. EDT

Tickets for the Inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale at 10 a.m. EDT April 24 through Ticketmaster. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT May 23 in the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte, N.C.

The prestigious ceremony will feature presentations about each inductee from prominent members of the NASCAR community. The highlight of the event will be the official induction of the Inaugural Class of 2010: Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Jr., Bill France Sr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

The five inaugural inductees were selected by a voting panel consisting of 50 members representing NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, major racetrack ownership groups, retired drivers, owners and crew chiefs along with motorsports media representatives. The group met in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 14, 2009 to vote on the induction class of 2010. The class was determined by the 51 votes cast by the panel and the nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com. More than 670,000 votes were submitted online at NASCAR.com as part of the fan voting process.

April 20 - 21 days until opening

Trivia Question: How many straight poles did David Pearson win at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he raced with the Wood Brothers?
Trivia Answer: 11
Winner: Congratulations to @Matt_Kacar
News: The Original Seat From David Pearson’s 1972 Wood Brothers Mercury

From 1972-79, David Pearson and the Wood Brothers created one of the most successful partnerships in NASCAR history. The history of Wood Brothers Racing started with the founder and driver, Glen Wood. The Wood family is celebrating 60 years of racing this year. They also have earned the bragging rights for fielding cars for 20 of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.

David Pearson primarily ran superspeedways for Wood Brothers Racing.  He only ran one short track, Martinsville, because of the close proximity of the Wood’s family home to Martinsville. Throughout his career, Pearson often finished first or second when racing against Richard Petty. They exchanged places more often than any other drivers.

Guests can view the original seat from Pearson’s 1972 Mercury in Heritage Speedway.

April 19 - 22 days until opening

Trivia Question: Who inspired Fireball Roberts to compete using the number 22?
Trivia Answer: Red Byron
Winner: @OnPitRoad of Tennessee
News: No. 22 Triple Play: Red Byron's Ford Coupe, Fireball Roberts' Bonneville and Bobby Allison's Buick Regal.

Highlighted by 18 historical cars, Glory Road features three No. 22 cars from three different eras of NASCAR: Red Byron’s Ford Coupe, Fireball Roberts’ Bonneville and Bobby Allison’s Buick Regal. 

Red Byron drove his 1939 Ford Coupe to victory in NASCAR’s first race on Feb. 15, 1948. Owned by Atlanta businessman Raymond Parks and prepared by ace tuner Red Vogt, the car carried Byron to NASCAR’s first season championship.  

The Bonneville made its showroom debut in 1957 and quickly became Pontiac’s performance pacesetter. This was the beginning of Pontiac’s “Wide Track” era, a few extra inches between wheels compared with corresponding Buicks and Oldsmobiles. Wide Track handling advantages and Pontiac’s powerful V-8 added up to 60 wins between 1959-1962, culminating in Fireball Roberts’ dominance of the 1962 Daytona (July) and Joe Weatherly’s 1962 championship run. 

Originally a 1986 Buick Regal, Bobby Allison drove this car to a remarkable victory at his home track of Talladega, beating Dale Earnhardt by only .19 second. It was the first NASCAR Winston Cup win for his team, the Stavola Brothers. Allison closed out the season with 15 top-10 finishes.  

These historical vehicles race guests through time, representing the evolution of the stock car on Glory Road.

 

April 18 - 23 days until opening

Trivia Question: In what year did Bill France Jr. assume NASCAR presidency from his father?
Trivia Answer: 1972
Winner: @mikerzy55
News: Bill Sr.'s office name plate with, then child, Bill Jr.'s handwritten signature

Founded by his father Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr. took the presidency of NASCAR in 1972.

On Bill France Sr.'s desk sat a marble name plate. While only still a child, Bill France Jr  wrote on his father’s nameplate, “Bill Jr. was here.” Unbeknownst to the child at the time, Bill France Jr. went on to become the second leader of NASCAR following in his father’s footsteps. He led NASCAR into the era of success that it is known for today.

The marble desk nameplate that sat on top of Bill France Sr.'s desk during the early days of NASCAR can be seen in Heritage Speedway at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Though Jr. may be considered even more famous than his father, both are represented in this unique and endearing artifact.

April 17 - 24 days until opening

Trivia Question: What band will perform a free concert May 11 at 5 p.m. at the NASCAR Hall of Fame? 
Trivia Answer: Bomshel
Winner: @smoke20052
News: Country duo Bomshel set to add to free concert lineup at Grand Opening.

Even more show-stopping entertainment has been confirmed to take center stage during the NASCAR Hall of Fame grand opening festivities in Uptown Charlotte on May 11.  New additions to the star-studded roster of performers include the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus at 10 a.m. and country music duo Bomshel at 5 p.m., leading up to the Love and Theft concert at 7 p.m.

“These exceptional acts are really adding to the anticipation of the grand opening,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Along with the talented artists we’ve already announced, the All-American Chorus and Bomshel are going to bring some extra excitement to the table on May 11. This celebration is set to be a great show for our guests and the community and a one-of-a-kind chance to meet NASCAR drivers, enjoy free entertainment and experience the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”

In addition to Bomshel, Lee Brice and Love and Theft, other activities will include NASCAR celebrities, question-and-answer sessions, strolling entertainment and food vendors.

Click here for the full schedule.   

April 16 - 25 days until opening  

Trivia Question: Who won the 1979 Daytona 500?
Trivia Answer: Richard Petty
Winner: Congratulations to @cheri518 of Ohio
SNEAK PEEK: Donnie Allison's helmet from the 1979 Daytona 500

Two events made the 1979 Daytona 500 a landmark moment in the history of NASCAR. The race received the first flag-to-flag TV coverage of a NASCAR race. The weather also became a factor in the TV audience numbers viewing the race. With no cable TV at the time, the inclement weather on the East coast created an interest for viewers to tune in.

Also during this infamous day, the “fight” to win the 1979 Daytona 500 was on between Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough.  After crashing into each other, words were exchanged between D. Allison and Yarborough. With emotions becoming intense, Bobby Allison stopped to check on brother Donnie and offer him a ride back to the garage area.  Never one to miss an opportunity, Richard Petty raced to the win in 1979. 

Guests can view a replication of Donnie and Cale’s wrecked cars as well as Donnie Allison’s helmet from the 1979 Daytona 500. 

April 15 - 26 days until opening  

Trivia Question: In which year did the Stanley Steamer "Rocket" set the World Land Speed record?
Trivia Answer: 1906
Winner: Congratulations to @gregmills of North Carolina
SNEAK PEEK: Stanley Steamer “Rocket” Items from 1906

Honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame showcases moving memorials, educational opportunities and authentic artifacts to tell the story of NASCAR and its exciting six-decade history.

One of the oldest artifacts featured in the facility feature Stanley Steamer “Rocket” items from 1906. Driver Fred Marriott raced his steam-powered car to a World Land Speed Record of 127.66 mph on Ormond Beach, Fla., in 1906. The car became airborne on a rough patch of sand and flipped high into the air at the end of the race in 1907, leaving only a few pieces. The relics on exhibit include the Steamer’s steering tiller, two small hub caps and a wheel hub among other items.

Guests can learn more about pre-NASCAR history in Heritage Speedway at The Pre-NASCAR Theater which explores the history of the automobile prior to the inception of NASCAR in 1947.

April 14 - 27 days until opening  

Trivia Question: Which Texas native and two-time Winston Cup champion was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers?
Trivia Answer: Terry Labonte
Winner: Congratulations to @whitetailbuck10 of Ontario
SNEAK PEEK: The NASCAR Hall of Fame will feature eight iRacing Simulators.

Known as the “Iceman,” Terry Labonte lent his championship expertise to the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s race simulators. Hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas, Labonte is a two-time Winston Cup champion with those championships coming 12 years apart. 

The simulators were designed by SSG/Brandintense, which is co-owned by Labonte. In addition to the company’s role in developing the cars, Labonte recently stopped by the NASCAR Hall of Fame to test the exhibit.

The interactive exhibit gives fans of all levels a chance to get behind the wheel and feel the race experience from a driver’s perspective. Once inside the cockpit, guests are treated to an authentic racing experience through iRacing software. The company prides itself in some of the most authentic racing simulations on the market. NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. consulted in the software development to help ensure its authenticity. Guests will be able to race on NASCAR’s speedways and road courses while shifting gears, maneuvering pit road and getting feedback from spotters. 

Located in Race Week, the simulators feature the paint schemes of the top-seven drivers in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings and one with NASCAR Hall of Fame design from renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass.  

April 13 - 28 days until opening  

Trivia Question: Who gave the command to start engines during the 1984 Pepsi Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4?
Trivia Answer: Ronald Reagan
Winner: Congratulations to @DegaDude of Mississippi
SNEAK PEEK: Ronald Reagan's NASCAR Jacket (1984)

Ronald Reagan, the first sitting president to attend a NASCAR event, was presented a NASCAR jacket when he attended the Pepsi Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 1984.

Giving the command to start engines while still in the air aboard Air Force 1, Reagan was presented the jacket the same day of Richard Petty's 200th victory. Reagan also provided color commentating on MRN with Ned Jarrett. Not new to the race world, Reagan was a race announcer at the Des Moines, Iowa Fairgrounds during the 1930s. As with any political commemorative items such as the jacket, it was left behind for the ISC Archives. After the race, Reagan was entertained by Tammy Wynette who sang "Stand by your Man" and the assembled racing crowd which included Bill France Sr. and his wife Anne, dined on box lunches of Kentucky Fried Chicken. 

 Reagan’s NASCAR jacket is on display in Heritage Speedway. 

April 12 - 29 days until opening  

Trivia Question: What band is playing a free concert open to all at 7 p.m. May 11 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame?
Trivia Answer: Love And Theft
Winner: Congratulations to @LovinLuke25 of Alabama
NEWS: Country Singer Lee Brice To Perform Free Concert May 11  

NASCAR Hall of Fame officials today announced a second free concert planned for the May 11 grand opening of the 150,000-square-foot entertainment attraction in uptown Charlotte, N.C. 

Country music singer songwriter Lee Brice, a native of South Carolina, will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. May 11 on the Ceremonial Plaza of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Brice is currently touring with superstar Clay Walker and has an album scheduled to release on June 8 featuring his current hit single “Love Like Crazy.” The Curb Records artist wrote Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory” and Tim McGraw’s hit single “Still.”

Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. EDT. The one-hour ceremony will culminate with NASCAR celebrities, elected officials and other dignitaries officially opening the interactive venue. The opening ceremony will be followed by a free community celebration outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame 10 a.m.-8 p.m. In addition to Lee Brice and Love And Theft, other activities will include NASCAR celebrities, question-and-answer sessions, strolling entertainment and food vendors.

Schedule of Events

NASCAR Hall of Fame Facility Hours - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.                                   
Ticket Required

Opening Ceremony in Ceremonial Plaza - 9-10 a.m.           
Free; No Ticket Required

Community Celebration in Ceremonial Plaza - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.     
Free; No Ticket Required

Lee Brice Concert in Ceremonial Plaza - 2 p.m.                  
Free; No Ticket Required

Love And Theft Concert in Ceremonial Plaza - 7 p.m.                 
Free; No Ticket Required

All Ceremonial Plaza activities that day are free to the public. The Ceremonial Plaza faces Martin Luther King Boulevard between Caldwell and Brevard Streets. Guests are encouraged to use the Charlotte Area Transit System.

April 11 - 30 days until opening  

Trivia Question: What owner/driver recently chose his car number in honor of his hero A.J. Foyt?
Trivia Answer: Tony Stewart
Winner: Congratulations to @racetime2010 of North Carolina
SNEAK PEEK: Tony Stewart's Tuxedo and Cuff Links

The tuxedo and cuff links worn by Tony Stewart (aka Smoke) at the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards Ceremony in 2002 will be on display in Heritage Speedway. It was Stewart’s first visit to the prestigious head table at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York. He repeated the feat in 2005 under the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series banner.

Smoke’s jeans and T-shirt look may be more familiar to race fans, but he is no stranger to donning the formalwear for championship celebrations. The Indiana native has 11 titles on his resume including the Indy Racing League’s IndyCar Series championship in 1999, the International Race of Champions (IROC) title in 2006 and four United States Auto Club (USAC) championships. He is the only driver in history to earn championships in stock cars, Indy cars and open-wheel midget, sprint and Silver Crown cars.

April 10 - 31 days until opening  

Trivia Question: Which five-time champ has 31 career wins from 1982-91 in the NASCAR Busch Series?
Trivia Answer: Jack Ingram
Winner: Congratulations to @dmcgrew of Pennsylvania
SNEAK PEEK: Jack Ingram’s No. 11 Pontiac from the NASCAR Busch Series

“Iron Man” Jack Ingram is a five-time champion in NASCAR’s top feeder series. He won three consecutive titles (1972-74) in the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division. He also earned the 1982 championship, which was the season the series was consolidated under the banner of NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series. His fifth championship came in 1985, shortly after the series name changed to the more familiar NASCAR Busch Series (now the NASCAR Nationwide Series).

During his 1982 championship run, Ingram piloted this Pontiac Grand Am on the short tracks. All of Ingram’s seven wins that season came with his Pontiac Grand Am. It also provided him with four of his five victories en route to his 1985 NASCAR Busch Series title. Ingram continued to race this car through the 1986 season.

Guests can see Ingram’s No. 11 along with 17 additional historic cars on Glory Road.

April 9 – 32 days until opening

Trivia Question: What driver made history with a win at Jacksonville Speedway in 1963, his only win in NASCAR's top series?
Trivia Answer: Wendell Scott
Winner: Congratulations to @dawndeems of Ohio
SNEAK PEEK:
 Wendell Scott’s 1969 Ford Door

Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to compete full time in NASCAR’s premier series, had 20 top-five and 147 top-10 finishes. The door from Scott’s 1969 Ford is featured in Heritage Speedway.

Underfunded, Scott often made the best of second hand equipment and cars. Despite his lack of good equipment, he finished in the Top 10 in points for four consecutive seasons (1966-1969) and between 1963-1970, he never finished lower than 15th in points.

His 1969 Ford door is from a car he raced that was originally a Holman Moody Fairlane driven by Parnelli Jones. Scott’s driver uniform and helmet also are on display.

April 8 – 33 days until opening

Trivia Question: How many wins did Fireball Roberts accumulate during his career?
Trivia Answer: 33
Winner: Congratulations to @RedChevy14 of Georgia
SNEAK PEEK: Fireball Roberts Racing Jacket and Contents

Perhaps the greatest driver never to win a NASCAR title and arguably stock car racing’s first superstar, Edward Glenn ‘Fireball’ Roberts won some of NASCAR’s most-famous events including the Daytona 500 (1962) and the Southern 500 (1958, ’63).

Fireball Roberts’ jacket, last worn in April of 1964 at Atlanta Raceway, will be on display in Heritage Speedway. In May of 1964, Roberts was involved in an accident in the World 600 in Concord, N.C. He died 39 days later from injuries sustained in the accident.

Roberts’ jacket pocket contained his lighter, garage pass and ticket/working pass. These items were found decades later by the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s own historian, Buz McKim. Located in Heritage Speedway, guests can see Fireball Roberts’ artifacts along with hundreds more of historical, NASCAR artifacts. The most artifact-rich area of the facility, history buffs and NASCAR novices alike can explore authentic artifacts and educational films depicting the story of NASCAR’s exciting six-decade history.  

April 7 – 34 days until opening

Trivia Question: This year’s Food Lion Speed Street marks what year anniversary? 
Trivia Answer: 16th year
Winner: Congratulations to @CeeKay74 of Illinois
NEWS: Food Lion Speed Street includes NASCAR Hall of Fame in Footprint

Food Lion Speed Street, the three-day festival scheduled for May 27-29 and located in Charlotte, N.C., will entertain more than 400,000 fans in a new location, which will include a pedestrian corridor along Martin Luther King Boulevard to help partrons reach the NASCAR Hall of Fame.     

“With the NASCAR Hall of Fame opening this year, it made complete sense to move Food Lion Speed Street and enhance the fan experience with the new venue,” said Jay Howard, president of JHE Production Group Inc. and event promoter and producer. “The new footprint will provide fans with a safe route along Tryon Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard to access the NASCAR Hall of Fame as well as partake in the numerous NASCAR-related activities and musical entertainment."

Food Lion Speed Street offers live entertainment, access to NASCAR’s brightest stars, and vendor displays.  Numerous fan-friendly destinations including NASCAR Hall of Fame, Food Lion Kids Zone presented by General Mills, Miller Lite Stage and Coca-Cola Stage.

April 6 – 35 days until opening

Trivia Question: This kid-friendly driver became a dad on June 20, 2007 at the age of 35.
Trivia Answer: Jeff Gordon
Winner: Congratulations to @DaleJrDewGirl88 of South Carolina
SNEAK PEEK: Jeff Gordon’s Childhood Leather Jacket and First Racing Helmet

Four-time champion Jeff Gordon began racing go-karts in California at the age of 5. He went on to win three quarter-midget national championships and four karting titles before becoming one of the most accomplished and well-known race-car drivers in the word. At age 35, he earned a new title: father. He and his wife, Ingrid, welcomed Ella Sophia on June 20, 2007 and are expecting their second child this year.

On loan from John Bickford, Gordon’s childhood leather jacket (circa 1976) and first racing helmet will be highlighted in the Kobalt Kids Zone in the Race Week area. The Kids Zone is an interactive, educational section of the NASCAR Hall of Fame with activities for younger guests such as a foam engine puzzle. The NASCAR Hall of Fame has several areas geared toward children including scaled-down jack, tire and fuel exhibits to allow children to experience being on a pit crew.

April 5 – 36 days until opening

Trivia Question: Name the three-time champion & first Daytona 500 winner who passed away 10 years ago today.
Trivia Answer: Lee Petty
Winner: Congratulations to @Kathiham of New York
SNEAK PEEK: Photojournalist T. Taylor Warren’s vest, camera and hat

The inaugural Daytona 500, held in 1959, was a literal photo finish between winner Lee Petty and runner-up Johnny Beauchamp. Veteran photographer T. Taylor Warren has long been credited for providing the photo that helped NASCAR officials determine the race winner, albeit three days later.

Warren began documenting motorsports events in the late 1940s and was appointed official NASCAR photographer in 1952. He also served roles as chief photographer for Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway during his six-decade career. He passed away in October of 2008.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame will feature many behind-the-scenes people like Warren. In Heritage Speedway, one complete case is dedicated to influential members of the media. Warren’s photographer vest, camera and signature beat-up yellow hat will be among the many media-related artifacts on display.

April 4 - 37 days until opening 

Trivia Question: Known as the "Rapid Roman," which New York native claimed a total of nine NASCAR Modified championships, the most of any driver?
Trivia Answer: Richie Evans
Winner: Congratulations to @RobTiongson of Massachusetts
SNEAK PEEK: Richie Evans #61 Modified 

The familiar orange #61 modified which rests on Glory Road was built in 1984 and was the car in which Evans experienced his last victory. A year ago, the bare frame of this car sat in the woods. But the car was lovingly restored by Evans’ former crew chief, Billy Nacewicz, as a tribute to a true NASCAR legend.

Glory Road showcases 18 historic cars and highlights 40 current and historic tracks. It also mimics the various degrees of banking at racetracks including the impressive 33-degree incline found at Talladega Superspeedway. Fans have the opportunity to walk on the surface and experience the high banks at 14 and 33 degrees.

April 3 - 38 days until opening 

Trivia Question: What broadcaster famously called the Daytona 500 the same day his son won the race?
Trivia Answer: Ned Jarrett
Winner: Congratulations to @mikezook from Indiana
SNEAK PEEK: Ned Jarrett’s 1993 CBS Announcer Blazer

Two-time Grand National champion Ned Jarrett was the first driver to make the transition from full-time driver to full-time broadcaster after his driving career drew to a close. Guests can see Ned Jarrett’s 1993 CBS jacket which he was wearing when he called the finish of the 1993 Daytona 500, won by his son Dale Jarrett.

Taking guests behind the scenes for a look at how a NASCAR team and the NASCAR industry prepare for race day each week, Race Week also allows for visitors to become participants. A highly-interactive, hands-on environment with fun opportunities for the entire family, guests can take to the mic and try their hand at being a broadcaster just like Ned Jarrett. 

April 2 - 39 days until opening  

Trivia Question: Name the car builder known for his trademark cowboy hat and boots whose black & gold Pontiac took Fireball Roberts to success in the early 1960s.
Trivia Answer: Smokey Yunick
Winner: Congratulations to @YORKMotorsport of North Carolina
SNEAK PEEK: Smokey Yunick Wooden Templates

Built by Yunick himself, the wooden templates were used in his shop as the 1969 Ford was being built. The body of the car was checked from time to time during construction to insure that the car’s shape would remain within NASCAR limits.

In Race Week, guests can step into the inspector role and learn about how cars are inspected to ensure that they meet NASCAR standards and regulations. Visitors can test how strong their inspecting eye is to check if car parts are legal or illegal in the most interactive area in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

April 1 - 40 days until opening  

Trivia Question: Who was Jeff Gordon's crew chief when he won his 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup (then Winston Cup) Championship?
Trivia Answer: Ray Evernham
Winner: Congratulations to @ChristopheTaitt of New Jersey
SNEAK PEEK: Evernham Motorsports' Wind Tunnel Car

A 40% scale model of a real car, the Wind Tunnel Car was developed in 2000 by Evernham Motorsports upon Dodge’s return to NASCAR to test aerodynamic efficiency. Though it is 40% the size of a car, it features all the components of a full-size car. 

Guests will find the model car in Heritage Speedway where history buffs and NASCAR novices alike can explore authentic artifacts and educational films depicting the story of NASCAR’s exciting six-decade history. Visitors can travel through time while learning about the ‘track’ history of different NASCAR eras including the past (1948-71), present (1972-1999) and future (2000 – on). The most artifact-rich area of the facility, the area is highlighted by historical, NASCAR artifacts and informational videos run in one of three theatres.  

March 31 - 41 days until opening  

Trivia Question: When was the groundbreaking of the NASCAR Hall of Fame? 
Trivia Answer: January 25, 2007
Winner: Congratulations to @Nascarfan991 of Virginia
NEWS: NCDL/OSHA announce completion of Safety Partnership with NASCAR Hall of Fame

Today, in the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom, Turner/BE&K/Davis and the North Carolina Department of Labor/OSHA announced the completion of their Safety Partnership with the NASCAR Hall of Fame construction team.

Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry presented partnership completion certificates to Turner Construction Co., BE&K Building Group and Walter B. Davis Co. In addition, Commissioner Berry presented the Labor Department’s gold safety award to the Turner/BE&K/Davis Joint Venture Construction Team and the Turner/BE&K/Davis Management Team.

The agreement put in place a unique working relationship between state government and private industry to eliminate the hazards construction workers face on the job. Turner/BE&K/Davis achieved 1 million working hours without a lost time injury at the NASCAR Hall of Fame site in early August 2009 and received an award for that achievement from the N.C. Department of Labor that month.

March 30 - 42 days until opening  

Trivia Question: What is the maximum capacity of the Legends Room in the NASCAR Hall of Fame?
Trivia Answer: Up to 117
Winner: Congratulations to @gcorrin of North Carolina
NEWS: The NASCAR Hall of Fame Legends Room

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has more than 40,000 square feet of exhibits and more than 50 interactives, but did you know it has plenty of event space for large or small groups?

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Legends Room is a multi-purpose space perfect for a business meeting or birthday party. It holds a maximum of 117 people and can be figured in a number of ways from classroom to banquet style. Following with the state-of-the-art nature of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the room is fully equipped for standard audio and visual needs. In addition to offering space for special events, discounted tickets for the NASCAR Hall of Fame are available for groups of 15 or more.

In addition to the Legends Room, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has space for events as large as 4,200 people. The Charlotte Convention Center expansion includes a 40,000-square-foot ballroom capable of holding 4,200 people theater style and 2,400 people banquet style. Also, guests may rent the Great Hall of the NASCAR Hall of Fame to have a reception, dinner or meeting amongst the exhibits. This space holds 680 for receptions or 360 for banquets. Of course, the High Octane Theater, with its 64-foot screen and 278 movie-theater style chairs, is a relaxing place for a film or presentation.  

For more information about facility rentals, please visit http://www.nascarhall.com/plan-a-visit/facility-rental.

March 29 - 43 days until opening  

Trivia Question: Which U.S. President awarded Richard Petty The Medal of Freedom?
Trivia Answer: President George H.W. Bush
Winner: @HillbillyTrav of Maryland
SNEAK PEEK: Richard Petty's Medal of Freedom

In 1992, the year he retired from driving, Richard Petty was awarded The Medal of Freedom by President George H.W. Bush in the East Room of the White House. Petty is the only figure from the world of auto racing to be awarded this honor. It is considered the nation’s highest civilian award.

Among those receiving the award with Petty that evening included comedian Johnny Carson, violinist Isaac Stern, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, singer Ella Fitzgerald, actress Audrey Hepburn, newscaster Davis Brinkley and architect I.M. Pei, whose firm (ironically) designed the NASCAR Hall of Fame building more than a decade later. Petty considers the award his most-prized possession.

See inaugural inductee Richard Petty’s Medal of Freedom and his complete inductee exhibit in the Hall of Honor beginning May 23 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the day of the Inaugural Induction Ceremony.

March 28 - 44 days until opening  

Trivia Question: In the first race back for Chrysler in decades, who drove a Dodge to the pole for the 2001 Daytona 500?
Trivia Answer: Bill Elliott
Winner: @ckeener1 of North Carolina
SNEAK PEEK: Bill Elliott's Driver Uniform

Bill Elliott has 44 career wins in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. We have a driver uniform from Bill’s 2001 season, the year he and Ray Evernham brought Chrysler back into the Sprint Cup Series.  

Guests visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be able to view a variety of artifacts like Elliot’s driver uniform when the facility opens on May 11, 2001.

March 27 - 45 days until opening  

Trivia Question: At age 45, which driver was the oldest to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship?
Trivia Answer: Bobby Allison won the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship at the age of 45 years, 11 months, 17 days.
Winner: @jshaunburke of Alabama
SNEAK PEEK: Bobby Allison’s Band Uniform

Bobby Allison won the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup championship at the age of 45 years, 11 months, 17 days making him the oldest driver to win a NASCAR premier series championship. But when he was just 7 years old, he played in band like any other kid. Guests will be able to view the actual band uniform he wore when he was just 7 years old.

Whether you are 7 years old or 77 years old, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will have something for everyone! Families visiting Race Week will find a highly-interactive, hands-on environment with fun opportunities for the entire family. Featuring interactive exhibits that have both adult and child-friendly components, Race Week gives guests a chance to try their hand at a pit stop, calling a race and even getting behind the wheel in one of eight iRacing simulators.

March 26 – 46 days until opening

Trivia Question: Which six-time championship car owner also is 10th on the all-time list for poles?
Trivia Answer: Junior Johnson
Winner: Congratulations to @Katiham of New York
SNEAK PEEK: Junior Johnson's 1953 Race-winning Trophy

Junior Johnson not only has 50 wins as a driver and six championships as a car owner, but he also racked up 46 poles during his driving career for 10th place on the all-time pole list for the Cup Series.

We have the trophy Junior won in a modified race at Darlington in 1953. It was the first time he raced on asphalt and on a large track, but Johnson, barely 22 years old, beat the sport’s best. Guests can see Junior Johnson’s trophy which he won in a modified race at Darlington in 1953 in the Hall of Honor.

March 25 – 47 days until opening

Trivia Question: What year was the inception of NASCAR?
Trivia Answer: 1947
Winner: Congratulations to @chesneysgirl88 of Pennsylvania
SNEAK PEEK: Big Bill's Office Chair

In one of the most sacred areas of the NASCAR Hall of Fame is the Hall of Honor where inductees will be enshrined, celebrated and honored. Each of the five inductees will have special exhibits that will be unveiled at the Induction Ceremony on May 23. As part of our 50-day countdown we will give you a sneak peek into each exhibit. The inductees for 2010 are Dale Earnhardt Sr., Bill France, Jr., Bill France Sr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty.

Today’s sneak peek highlight’s the founder and former president of NASCAR, Bill France Sr. In 1947 at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR was formed. The first office for the racing organization took up a small space above a bank on Main St. in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the early 1950s, the team relocated to a large house on Peninsula Dr., formerly the home and office of a physician. With the NASCAR sport growing, the final move came in 1959 when the office was relocated to the now well-known Daytona International Speedway. The succession between NASCAR then and NASCAR now is a vast one. But during the early years, Big Bill’s chair most certainly made the succession of moves with him as well.

March 24 – 48 days until opening

Trivia Question: Who won the first NASCAR-sanctioned race, which was held Feb. 15, 1948 on Daytona's beach course?
Trivia Answer: Red Byron
Winner: Congratulations to @gtgcupmod of Oklahoma
SNEAK PEEK: 1948 Rulebook

The first NASCAR race was held on Daytona’s beach course Feb. 15, 1948. Red Byron, a stock-car legend from Atlanta, won the event in his Ford Modified and went on to win the modified championship that season. Six days after the inaugural event on Feb. 21, 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was incorporated. In 1949, NASCAR began what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Guests visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be able to view a copy of the first NASCAR “Rule Book” from 1948. It was actually more like a rule page, just one two-sided sheet of paper. Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rule book is 156 pages.

March 23 – 49 days until opening

Trivia Question: The first Strictly Stock race was held in what state?
Trivia Answer: North Carolina
Winner: Congratulations to @zzazazz of North Carolina
SNEAK PEEK: Artifacts from 1949 representing Lee Petty. 

Richard Petty may be one of the inaugural inductees of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, but he is quick to acknowledge the accomplishments of his predecessors. Patriarch Lee Petty, one of the first 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, earned 54 wins and three national titles in 429 starts.

The elder Petty began racing in 1949 at the age of 35. One of the many items highlighting his career planned at the NASCAR Hall of Fame is his first NASCAR competitor’s license, which was issued on June 17, 1949 – just two days before the inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock race.

Later that year, Lee Petty earned his first career win and the first of more than 260 victories for the famed Petty Enterprises. That first trophy also will be on display in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The victory came on Sunday, Oct. 2, 1949 at Heidelberg Speedway in Pennsylvania.

March 22 - 50 days until opening

Trivia Question: How many days until NASCAR Hall of Fame opens?
Trivia Answer: 50 days
Winner: Congratulations to @TN_Patriot of Tennessee and @MikeinNC88 of North Carolina
NEWS: Darrell Waltrip’s Championship-winning Car First in Series of Daily Reveals

The first item announced in the 50-day countdown was revealed today in a news conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip unveiled his championship-winning No. 11 Mountain Dew Buick. Waltrip drove the iconic, green-and-white stock car to back-to-back NASCAR Winston Cup championships in 1981 and 1982, the first two of three championships in his famed career. In 1981 and 1982 alone, Waltrip had 61 starts and earned 24 wins, 29 top-5 finishes and more than $1.6 million in winnings.  

The No. 11 Mountain Dew Buick will be one of 18 stock cars featured on Glory Road inside the main entrance of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. A banked ramp simulating various racetracks, Glory Road also highlights 40 current and historic tracks and mimics various degrees of banking at racetracks including the impressive 33-degree incline found at Talladega Superspeedway. The car is on loan from Darrell Waltrip Motorsports to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for two years.

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