grand opening of the NASCAR HOF today. for those who havent seen it, it looks amazing and completely blows all others out of the water.
"If you're going to be a top-five sports league in this country, you need to have a world-class Hall of Fame," said NASCAR chairman Brian France. "It's going to be a place where our fans can come and celebrate and look back at the history of the sport. We haven't really had that in a formal way all these years, and this is going to change that overnight."
The city spent $195 million on the project and is touting it as the biggest and most technologically advanced Hall of Fame in professional sports. The 150,000-square-foot building is a shrine of memorabilia, exhibits that recreate old-time NASCAR lore, 154 video screens, racing simulators and interactive activities.
NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who helped the city of Charlotte with its winning bid for the rights to the Hall of Fame in 2006, spoke at Tuesday's ceremony and was one of the first visitors to tour the facility after the doors opened.
"I just think if you don't hold on to history in anything, that it doesn't mean much," Hendrick said. "he fact that we can showcase our history in such a great setting is going to pay us huge dividends down the road because new fans ought to know about Junior Johnson and they ought to know Buck Baker and those kind of guys. And they ought to be able to see the old cars.
"I think a fan walks away knowing we care about our past and our history.To me, that's what's important -- that our history, our roots and our heritage is important. It's not all just about today."
its a conspiracy...
kurt busch (ever the diplomat) was asked who his most favorite competitors were, at the grand opening.
dale earnhardt. jeff gordon. rusty wallace. mark martin (whom he says it was a pleasure to be a teammate with)
good list. its probably a conspiracy he left out other scrubs.
its probably a conspiracy he included an earnhardt.
its also probably a conspiracy i mention a busch.
the burning bush in the bible was also a conspiracy.