CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2013) – NASCAR Acceleration Weekend may have come to a close last weekend, but the NASCAR Hall of Fame is eager to show off its newest exhibits and artifacts to visitors. With the induction of Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood, come fitting tributes in the Hall of Honor to commemorate each of their major achievements. Also new to Acceleration Weekend this year was the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, which recognized the award’s namesakes Ken Squier and Barney Hall. A new display in Food Lion Race Week illustrates their contributions to excellence. The third new installation features one of Brad Keselowski’s winning cars from his 2012 Championship season located in Victory Lane along with additional 2012 champion artifacts from Keselowski as well as the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where fans can pose to envision their own road to glory.
Hall of Honor
The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 inductees are now officially enshrined in the Hall of Honor with accompanying artifacts and exhibits that illustrate their impact in shaping the sport. Among them are items like Rusty Wallace’s famed car “Midnight,” which he drove to 13 victories from 1992 to 1994. Representing Leonard Wood’s mechanical genius and crew chief expertise is a replica built by the Wood Brothers of the No. 21 Ford Galaxie driven by Tiny Lund to win the 1963 Daytona 500. Symbolizing Buck Baker’s 46 career wins, his No. 87 Oldsmobile is featured, which is also considered one of the most original surviving stock cars from its era. Herb Thomas made history by winning multiple championships in NASCAR’s premier series, and a replica of the No. 92 Hudson Hornet that he drove to his second Southern 500 victory in 1954 is showcased. Excelling as both a driver and team owner, Cotton Owens’ No. 6 Dodge driven by David Pearson for eight wins in 1964 is also on display, which was personally recreated by Owens himself. Artifacts like Buck Baker’s scrapbook, Cotton Owens’ stopwatch, Herb Thomas’ team shirt, Leonard Wood’s sketchbook, Rusty Wallace’s rookie application and much more tell a complete story of each inductee’s road to success.
Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence
New to Acceleration Weekend this year, the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence honors the contributions of media to the success of the sport. New artifacts, a video montage and photographs celebrating the award’s namesakes and their 50+ year careers are included in the “Media” section of Food Lion Race Week. Items consist of Barney Hall’s Motor Racing Network official jacket and tape recorder in addition to Ken Squier’s CBS blazer.
For visitors inspired by the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge that he won Talladega with on May 6, 2012, is now installed in Victory Lane. Also part of the Champions exhibit are fire suits, helmets and other personal items owned by Keselowski as well as 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher. Keselowski’s “Big Miller Lite Beer Glass” made famous in media interviews after winning the Sprint Cup is also on display.
“On the heels of such an action-packed weekend at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the unveiling of each of these new installations are exciting accomplishments for us,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. “Watching the honoree’s reactions to each along with such a momentous Induction Ceremony truly embodies the value this facility holds in showcasing the past, present and future of NASCAR. We are excited to share the unique artifacts and pieces of history with our guests and also eagerly look forward to what the future brings with the start of the season this week.”
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 five. 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. For updates and details about the NASCAR Hall of Fame, guests can visit nascarhall.com, facebook.com/nascarhall or follow @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 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