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Glory Road: 75 Years

Latest edition of Glory Road brings 75 years of NASCAR history to life.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s newest exhibit, “Glory Road: 75 Years,” opened in January 2023 for a three-year run.

The fifth iteration of Glory Road recounts 75 years of NASCAR’s rich history with the most eclectic selection of vehicles ever to grace the 33-degree banked exhibit space. Each of the cars and trucks on “Glory Road: 75 Years” was chosen to tell its own unique story about the sport’s heroes, history and heritage.

The exhibit recognizes NASCAR’s 75-year history, which traces its roots back to the sanctioning body’s first season of 1948.

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The exhibit recognizes NASCAR’s 75-year history.

— Tom Jensen

The first car on “Glory Road: 75 Years” is Austin Cindric’s 2022 Daytona 500 winning car. Photo courtesy of Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The 18 vehicles featured in “Glory Road: 75 Years” span seven decades, from 1961 to 2022, and six manufacturers. Collectively, the 18 drivers represented in the new exhibit have won more than 50 NASCAR championships in seven divisions, along with more than 685 Cup Series races.

Richard Petty won the 1972 NASCAR premier series championship in this Petty Blue and STP Day-Glo Red Dodge Charger. Photo courtesy of Tom Jensen

All told, eight different NASCAR series past and present are represented by the 18 vehicles: Premier series, Xfinity Series, Craftsman Truck Series, Whelen Modified Tour, Convertible Division, Goody’s Dash Series, Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series and NASCAR Canada Series. This is the most series ever represented on Glory Road.

“Glory Road: 75 Years” is the first edition of this exhibit to feature a NASCAR Next Gen car and the first to include a car from a U.S. NASCAR series outside the U.S. In addition, 10 of the 18 drivers represented are making their first appearance on Glory Road with this exhibit.

“Glory Road: 75 Years” features an extremely wide-ranging assortment of cars and trucks from many different NASCAR series. Photo courtesy of Tom Jensen

For each car, there is a detailed panel explaining the car’s theme and historical significance. In addition, our digital kiosk provides a wealth of information, including photographs and historical documents.

Wood Brothers Racing driver Curtis Turner won a record 38 NASCAR Convertible Division races. Photo courtesy of Tom Jensen

“Glory Road: 75 Years” will be on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame until January 2026.

The full list of themes and cars for “Glory Road: 75 Years” now is as follows:

  • Car Innovation: Austin Cindric’s 2022 Cup Series Ford
  • Diverse Divisions: Curtis Turner’s 1961 Ford Convertible
  • NASCAR’s King: Richard Petty’s 1972 Cup Series Dodge
  • NASCAR’s Roots: Jerry Cook’s 1977 Modified Division Ford
  • Successful Transition: Richard Childress’ 1976 Cup Series Chevrolet
  • Brand Connections: Dale Earnhardt’s 1981 Cup Series Pontiac
  • Through the Ranks: Bobby Labonte’s 1991 Busch Series Oldsmobile
  • Youth Movement: Jeff Gordon’s 1995 Cup Series Chevrolet
  • The NASCAR Family: Darrell Waltrip’s 1998 Cup Series Chevrolet
  • Family Traditions: Adam Petty’s 2000 Busch Series Chevrolet
  • Driver Development: Greg Biffle’s 2000 Truck Series Ford
  • Skill and Strategy: Jimmie Johnson’s 2003 Cup Series Chevrolet
  • Manufacturer Growth: Robert Huffman’s 2003 Goody’s Dash Toyota
  • Trailblazers: Bubba Wallace’s 2014 Truck Series Toyota
  • Multifaceted Career: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2013 Cup Series Chevrolet
  • “It’s About the People”: Kyle Busch’s 2019 Cup Series Toyota
  • Perseverance Pays Off: Josh Berry’s 2020 Late Model Chevrolet
  • International Stage: L.P. Dumoulin’s 2021 NASCAR Canada Series Dodge

Plan your visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and purchase tickets by visiting nascarhall.com/tickets.

Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen

Tom is the Curatorial Affairs Manager at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. For more than 25 years, he has been part of the NASCAR media industry.

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