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New Exhibition at NASCAR Hall of Fame is a 'Smash Hit'

Presented by NASCAR Bashers, “Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR” displays historic collisions and authentic artifacts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2012) – The NASCAR Hall of Fame introduces its newest exhibit, Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR, opening Oct. 12. The most action-packed exhibit to date at the facility, it presents an impactful visual that puts the breathtaking, inevitable part of racing front and center, exploring how competitors and their equipment are pushed to the limit and beyond.

Featuring cars, artifacts and media, the exhibit chronicles some of NASCAR’s most spectacular wrecks; each of the drivers featured emerged to race again. The new exhibition, located in the Great Hall within the NASCAR Hall of Fame, is just in time for the excitement accompanying the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR opens Friday, Oct. 12 and runs through mid-February.

“Recognizing the history and heritage of the sport for fans and guests has always been a driving force for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which is why this exhibit is all the more essential,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the facility. “The cars and artifacts represented here showcase some of the thrilling moments in NASCAR’s rich history and highlight the safety of the machines these brave competitors have piloted over the years.”

"This awe-inspiring exhibit gives NASCAR fans an up-close-and-personal glimpse at some of the incredible wrecks that have occurred throughout NASCAR's history, and the safety innovations that have resulted from them," said Blake Davidson, NASCAR vice president of licensing and consumer products. "We're excited the NASCAR Hall of Fame and NASCAR Bashers are continuing a NASCAR tradition -- bringing our fans closer to the action than any other sport."

Highlighted in the exhibition are four incredible piles of twisted metal that made history including:

        Michael McDowell’s wreck from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in 2008, which tossed and tumbled a total of nine times

        Phil Parsons’ collision from the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in 1983, which tagged the wall, barrel-rolled several times and then caught fire 

        Geoff Bodine’s crash from the NASCAR Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway in 2000, an astonishing collision with several flips and hits by numerous competitors that threw the engine and body panels off the frame

        Mike Harmon’s wreck from the NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2002, where the car was split into pieces after slamming into a concrete retaining wall, then hit again by Johnny Sauter

A dozen authentic artifacts illustrate additional dramatic wrecks and the stories they tell such as:

        Jimmie Johnson’s hood from the Watkins Glen International Road Course in 2000, where he lost his brakes, careened off the track and then climbed onto his roof to wave to the cheering crowd

        Brett Bodine’s hood from the Daytona 500 in 1988, where Richard Petty was tagged sending his car into a series of flips; Bodine then hit Petty after loss of his steering function due to the debris on the track

        Juan Pablo Montoya’s helmet from the Daytona 500 in 2012, where he ran into a jet dryer; fellow driver Brad Keselowski tweeted a rare photo of the accident scene, also to be on display, which gained him 130,000 new Twitter followers

The exhibit is sponsored by Spin Master’s NASCAR Bashers, a new line of toy cars and haulers for children that transforms in a spectacular fashion.  Play with all your favorite drivers and their rivals too.  You can wreck, rebuild and do it again for great NASCAR play.

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. For updates and details about the NASCAR Hall of Fame, guests can visit www.NASCARHall.com, Facebook.com/NASCARHall or follow @NASCARHall on Twitter.

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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.

 About Spin Master Ltd.

A multi-category children’s entertainment company since 1994, Spin Master has been designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer products for children around the world and is recognized as a global growth leader within the toy industry. Spin Master is best known for such popular brands as boy’s action phenomena and 2010 Boys Toy of the Year winner Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, and award-winning brands Air Hogs®, Aquadoodle™, Tech Deck™, Moon Sand™, Liv™ and Zoobles™.  The company has also marked an entry into children’s media with the launch of Spin Master Entertainment, a subsidiary focusing on the design, development and production of television and other media properties. Spin Master employs 900 people worldwide with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico, Munich, Italy and central Europe. www.spinmaster.com