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NASCAR Hall of Fame Launches First Phase of Summer Programming

June 18, 2010

Fathers Treated to Free Gifts on Father’s Day; Families Invited to Free Summer Movies Series

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 18, 2010) – NASCAR Hall of Fame visitors will be treated to a variety of special activities this summer starting in June with a Father’s Day promotion and the first of a monthly movies series.

“We have received rave reviews about the building and exhibits,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “With the foundation in place, we now are focused on ways to enhance the experience and really become a part of the fabric of this community and its culture. We always are working on changing exhibits and finding the best stories to tell, but we also plan to deliver special programs to get people more involved. We are starting with small gestures like a thank you to fathers on their special day, and we are inviting the community to take advantage of our outdoor video screen during the summer months.”

Father’s Day Offer

Dads who visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame Sunday, June 20 will receive a free Father’s Day gift pack that includes a hot dog, chips, beverage free simulator ride and a coupon for $2 off a future admission. At 3 p.m. the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., will be broadcast live on the 14-foot Fan Billboard in the Great Hall.

2010 Summer Movie Series

The summer fun continues Thursday, June 24 with the first of monthly movies in the expansive Ceremonial Plaza outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame. All movies begin at 8 p.m. and will be shown on the 28-foot Panasonic LED board. The movies are free, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs. Picnic baskets also are welcome.

The series begins with “Night at the Museum” at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24. The new night watchman at New York’s Museum of Natural History finds that the job comes with more responsibility than he ever dreamed in this wild fantasy comedy starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke.

Starring Abigail Breslin and Jodie Foster, “Nim’s Island” plays at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 29. Based on the award-winning book by Wendy Orr, “Nim’s Island” is a funny, high-energy film with a heartfelt twist. A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.

The series concludes with the animated hit “Ice Age” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. Set against the onslaught of the ice age – and a world filled with wonder and danger – the story revolves around three unforgettable characters: a wooly mammoth (Ray Romano), a saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) and a sloth (John Leguizamo), who unite to return a human baby to his tribe.

Guests are encouraged to tour the NASCAR Hall of Fame prior to the movies. Tickets to the 150,000-square-foot entertainment attraction will be discounted $2 for anyone visiting between 4 and 8 p.m. on movie nights. Also, anyone visiting the venue during these hours will be offered access to a reserved viewing area in the Ceremonial Plaza for the movie.

In the coming weeks, details will be announced about more special events at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. These will include race-watching parties, holiday specials, guest appearances, educational programming and more. Watch www.NASCARHall.com for details.

Tickets for the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at www.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. Charter memberships also are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults. Charlotte-area motorsports tours also are available. The daylong motorcoach tour includes lunch and admissions to various attractions for $99 per person and $89 for children ages 5-12. To reserve a tour, call 704-938-7390. For more details, visit www.NASCARHall.com. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open seven days a week, 362 days a year.

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About NASCAR Hall of Fame

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, interactive exhibits, 275-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 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. www.NASCARHall.com