August 28, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2014) - A brand new episode of "American Restoration" titled “Dales of Thunder” aired on the HISTORY Channel last night and featured the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte Motor Speedway and numerous NASCAR industry executives and drivers including NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley, Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith and NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Danica Patrick and Kyle Larson.
In the episode, NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Marcus Smith commissioned “American Restoration" host Rick Dale to design a trophy inspired by NASCAR's history and heritage for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series HISTORY 300 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rick met up with Winston Kelley and NASCAR driver Greg Biffle at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for inspiration on the trophy design.
"The exposure we receive from inclusion on shows like 'American Restoration' is invaluable," says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. "In 2010, we participated in the HISTORY Channel's 'American Pickers' and are still seeing excitement in the Hall from the reruns that are airing, and we're anticipating similar interest from the 'American Restoration' episode. It was really a pleasure and an honor to have the NASCAR Hall of Fame featured on the show and to work with Rick Dale and the 'American Restoration' crew."
According to Nielsen, the "Dales of Thunder" episode of "American Restoration" garnered 1.8 million viewers, and the reruns will add even more to the total viewership number.
The episode is scheduled to air again on the HISTORY Channel on Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. ET.
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, 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