NASCAR Hall of Fame exhibit focuses on grassroots: The NASCAR Hall of Fame kicks off a new exhibition in the Great Hall, “Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Heroes are Born” on Monday. The exhibition is included in general admission. “Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Stars are Born” tells the story of hometown racetracks, affectionately called “grassroots,” where many NASCAR drivers began their careers racing every Friday and Saturday night. “It’s a vital part of our mission to preserve, uphold and be a resource for the sport and its history,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the facility. “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” of NASCAR. The exhibit 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 South Boston, Va. Highlighting the 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). Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at NASCARHall.com.(NASCAR Hall of Fame)(5-10-2012)
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