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Fuel up on Fun at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May

May 10, 2013

Special hours, third anniversary and final days of “Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR”

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  (May 10, 2013) – With the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s third anniversary approaching on May 11, 2013, and the special exhibit “Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR” in its final days, there is no better time for visitors to experience the NASCAR Hall of Fame. And to accommodate the adrenaline-pumping action and thousands of fans coming to town this month, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will offer extended hours beginning May 13.

Since opening its doors in 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has featured numerous special exhibits in the Great Hall. The most recent exhibit “Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR” will come to a close on May 14. This is the final week for fans to experience the action-packed exhibit that explores how competitors and their equipment are pushed to the limit and beyond. Featuring cars, artifacts and media, the exhibit chronicles some of NASCAR’s most spectacular wrecks; each of the drivers featured emerged to race again.

Highlighted in the exhibit are four incredible piles of twisted metal that made history including:

  • Michael McDowell’s wreck from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in 2008, which tossed and tumbled a total of nine times
  • Phil Parsons’ collision from the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in 1983, which tagged the wall, barrel-rolled several times and then caught fire 
  • Geoff Bodine’s crash from the NASCAR Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway in 2000, an astonishing collision with several flips and hits by numerous competitors that threw the engine and body panels off the frame
  • Mike Harmon’s wreck from the NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2002, where the car was split into pieces after slamming into a concrete retaining wall, then hit again by Johnny Sauter

Visitors can experience the 150,000-square-foot entertainment attraction including the special exhibit during regular operating hours through May 12 and during extended hours beginning May 13. Below is a full list of operating hours in May:

May 1-12: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 13-17: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 18-19: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 20-21: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 22: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May 23-24: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May 25-26: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 27: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 28-31: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling (877) 231-2010 or at nascarhall.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Memberships are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is closed on Christmas Day. For more details, visit nascarhall.com. Up-to-the-minute updates are available at facebook.com/nascarhall or by following @NASCARHall on Twitter.

About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
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. 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, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-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