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New Exhibition Takes Root at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Heroes are Born

May 07, 2012

Historic race cars, authentic artifacts highlight Great Hall exhibition opening Monday, May 14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2012) – The NASCAR Hall of Fame introduces a new exhibition in the Great Hall, Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Heroes are Born opening Monday, May 14. The exhibition is free with general admission.

Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Stars are Born tells the story of hometown racetracks, affectionately called “grassroots,” where many NASCAR drivers began their careers racing every Friday and Saturday night. 

“It’s important to recognize that the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an educational institution for fans and guests,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the facility. “It’s a vital part of our mission to preserve, uphold and be a resource for the sport and its history. This is the eighth new Great Hall exhibition since opening in May 2010 and it is with these exhibitions the Hall continues to present new chapters in the history book that the NASCAR Hall of Fame experience offers to visitors.”

Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Stars are Born explores four race tracks historically known and recognized to be the beginnings of NASCAR racing – Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, N.C. and South Boston Speedway in Boston, Va.

Highlighting the exhibition are historic race cars – David Pearson’s Ford Modified (1937), Richard Childress’ Plymouth Modified (1937), Dale Jarrett’s Busch Series Pontiac LeMans (1986) and Denny Hamlin’s Late Model Chevrolet (2003). Authentic artifacts in addition convey the story of these pivotal “grassroots” racetracks which paved the way for many of NASCAR’s biggest stars, many of which are NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees today.

The new exhibition kicks off May Days, a full lineup of special activities, NASCAR celebrity appearances, the unveiling of the 2012 Class Hall of Honor exhibition, exclusive Member-only events, Voting Day and the announcement of the 2013 Class of Inductees.

Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Stars are Born opens Monday, May 14 and runs through October.

Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at NASCARHall.com. General 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. Annual 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. with extended hours in May. For updates and details about the NASCAR Hall of Fame, guests can visit www.NASCARHall.com, Facebook.com/NASCARHall or @NASCARHall on Twitter.




About 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 opened 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. www.NASCARHall.com.