• May 12, 2010
NASCAR Hall of Fame Opening Day – Click above for high-res image gallery

Even though you hear less and less about it with each evolution of the Car of Tomorrow and huge new ad deal, much of NASCAR's current allure is tied to the romance of good ol' boys in (genuine) stock cars with big engines and even bigger personalities gunning around raggedy tracks for the win. Those pioneers of the sport have finally been honored with the opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

From a total of 25 nominees, the inaugural class of inductees were Bill France, Sr., Bill France, Jr., Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson. They're the first to hang in the 150,000-square foot hall along with 60 years of NASCAR exhibits, simulators, video screens and memorabilia, an institution that the city of Charlotte calls "the most technologically advanced Hall of Fame in all of professional sports." Take that, Canton and Cooperstown!



[Source: Sports Illustrated | Image: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Would that be Charlotte the corrupt / bankrupt, illegal alien infested, socialist hellhole
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's obvious that the "wise guys", defined... people that think they are smarter than everyone else, but are really idiots, have never raced anything, or know very little or nothing, about what it takes to bring a competitive car to any kind of racing venue. The funny thing is, for several decades, when these "brainiac's" are broke down in their piece of crap car, usually have to lower themselves to ask a redneck to fix it. Whats the old saying?, "The older you get, the more you realize that you really don't know that much". Everyone knows that a 16 yr old is the smartest human on the planet, just ask them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did you guys mean its called the "NASCAR Hall of Lame"
        • 4 Years Ago
        No you were thinking of the golfers hall of shame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mr Mayfield now why are you not going. There was a Mayfield making the news. Too bad he couldn't get his act together because he was real nice on the eyes. The last few races have had some tense moments. I didn't like what Tony did to Jeff . Course I don't like his attitude to begin with. He messed with too many rookies such as Casey Kahn. Kahn started out up front. Some of the other drivers agreed to what he was doing. His comment he is going to have learn to run with the rest of us. I don't think running off the track is learning. Nascar should have a hall of fame. Not only are they good at what they do they have a good image and make good role models. Love watching the races the driver that won the race with a sling shot. Can't believe how technicle it has gotten. Wow
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, instead of watching cars go fast and turn left, you can just sort of watch them on static display? Well done!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone tell me when NASCAR stop using "real cars" for racing? Instead of a tube frame plastic vehicle with stickers that distinguish a Chevy vs. a Ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is such a troll, but I'm going to feed it anyways.

        The current car (built from the ground up, not stock, etc) is made that way because it's a hell of a lot easier to build a car to meet safety standards and race-readiness standards than it is to modify "stock" cars.

        So let's entertain this notion that stock car racing, with real stock cars, would work in today's environment of speed vs. safety. You would take a Ford Taurus, install a full safety cage, engine mounts, weld the doors, rip out old electronics and interior, add a mechanical fuel system (for safety), install new gauges, seat and harness etc.

        THEN you would expect it to go fast, but it doesn't. Why? It weighs about 4000-4500 lbs, and the drivers can't drive it deep into the corners or fast off corner exits. When the drivers get into a scrape or wreck, they have a LOT more to repair than just the body. They have to repair the structure too, and this just doesn't make sense.

        Maybe your were trolling, maybe you weren't. But there's your answer.

        They turn left, because the physics of a left turn are the same as a right one. Turning in one direction puts the action in front of you and attempts to make it a more enjoyable experience.
      Megan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are people hating on Nascar and white people? Anyone can attend a race. I don't understand why people get so mad at Nascar and their fan base. So what if white people enjoy the races it doesnt make us racist. I suppose that all the people who like Basketballl and Football are racist too. What about those people who like tennis does that make them gay? I'm tired of being called racist just because I'm proud of being white!!!! It's OK to BE WHITE!!!! I don't owe anyone anything just because there were slaves that happened to be black. There were all kinds of nationalities that were enslaved. I didn't do it and I'm tired of being labeled as a racist slave owner just because I'm white!
      Megan
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with JBMOONMAN....I've attended a race as a guest of Brad's racing team....and met him. He is part of a 1st class group of people that made myself and my husband feel very welcome. We met Brad and was very hospitable as was everyone else. We were fortunate to have met Marcos Ambrose too. There are lots of nationalities in Nascar from the drivers to the pit crew members as well as the officials. GO NASCAR!! I'm glad we have our Hall of Fame!! :)
      Clark Kent
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a joke! France and France, but not the greatest driver of them all, David Pearson! Ask Richard Petty, 7 time NASCAR Champion, the King, he will tell you straight off, the number 1 driver of all time, and recognized at various times by those who know the game, Daiv Pearson. The Silver Fox was so mistreated that the Hall should be boycotted for a year to get their attention!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares,yawn,yawn,yawn.My friend lives near the Pettys,he sure has an ego.Kyle is nicer.Old deaf Richard tried to run a man off the hwy years ago.
      Megan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey...your comment should have read "Do they charge extra for having all of your teeth" You're not too smart so stop knocking Nascar and the fans until you can present yourself a little better. Go back to school and get an education. You really need to learn how to spell as well.
      fndbkdg
      • 4 Years Ago
      When you enter do you turn left? Do they charge extra if ou have all your tooths?
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