The NASCAR Hall of Fame introduces a new exhibition in its Great Hall, Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Heroes Are Born, opening Monday, May 14.
The new exhibition 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
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.
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). Additional
authentic artifacts 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.