August 13, 2013
The NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomes three Austin Dillon artifacts from his Eldora Speedway victory including his No. 39 truck
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 13, 2013) – Austin Dillon made history as the first driver to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt on July 25 at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio, also marking the first time in four decades NASCAR has run on a dirt track in its top three series. The No. 39 American Ethanol Chevrolet that crossed the finish line first and additional artifacts will be on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Dillon scooped up a jar of dirt near the finish line with the Eldora golden shovel and kissed the track to commemorate the win after crossing the finish line of the CarCash Mudsummer Classic. The meaningful jar of dirt from Eldora, Dillon’s winner’s trophy and the No. 39 truck will all be on display for a limited time. Visitors will be able to see the visible dirt, dents and scrapes on the truck Dillon made as he fended off Kyle Larson and heavy traffic to take the win.
“We find great value in bringing these timely artifacts to our visitors and fans soon after this momentous type of history is made,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. “It’s an honor that drivers and teams such as Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing are committed to supporting the Hall with such an incredible achievement that gives fans up-close and personal access to what made that victory so special.”
Richard Petty’s Grand National (now Sprint Cup) win at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in 1970 was the last dirt track victory on record.
“I think it is really cool Winston Kelley came over and we had to dig up some dirt for the hall of fame and that’s very special,” Austin Dillon told media following the CarCash Mudsummer Classic in July. “To win an inaugural race… I can’t say enough how much this win means to me.”
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Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. It was the second highest attended sports hall of fame in American its opening year. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes 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. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. nascarhall.com