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By on January 1, 2018
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45 NASCAR Legends Inducted to Date

Across its three national touring series, some regional series and a lengthy list of weekly tracks, NASCAR racing has a fan base reportedly numbering more than 75 million. Among RoadKing readers, 45% are followers of NASCAR—the highest among all sports and a few notches above NFL football. If you count yourself among the legions of NASCAR fans, the following is a short quiz.

Quick, without turning the page, checking online or accessing any other reference, write down 20 of the 45 NASCAR Hall of Fame members inducted to date, starting with the 2010 Inaugural Class through the 2018 Class.

NASCAR-2Professional sports halls of fame have been around since 1880 when the International Tennis Hall of Fame was founded in Newport, RI. Some 56 years later, Cooperstown, NY became the home of those enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Located in Canton, OH, the Pro Football Hall of Fame followed in 1963. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was launched in 1969 in Springfield, MA. The United States Hockey Hall of Fame followed during 1973 in Eveleth, MN, and the World Golf Hall of Fame opened in St. Augustine, FL during 1998.

Announced in March 2006 and opened in May 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s primary goal was having one of the premier halls in the sports and entertainment world. Located in uptown Charlotte, NC, it is the only iconic sports hall located in a major city. Chosen from several options for good reason, Charlotte is the hub of the NASCAR industry. The vast majority of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, Xfinity Series teams and Camping NASCAR-4World Truck Series teams is based in the surrounding region. The industry’s annual statewide economic impact is estimated to be in excess of $5 billion.

Magnificent Facility for All

The 86,500-sq.-ft. NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction built to be a shrine that embodies the history, heritage, and future of the sport. Designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, the high-tech venue includes artifacts, interactive exhibits, a 286-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, a restaurant and NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and a 102,000-sq.-ft. expansion of 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.

Outside the main entrance, the Ceremonial Plaza is the site of many special events and red-carpet entries. Considered the facility’s Times Square, the Great Hall is an open greeting area just inside the front doors. It features rotating displays and lively video scenes and graphics. Glory Road serves as a prominent focal point that greets guests as they enter the Hall. In its third-generation makeover, Glory Road: ICONS features 18 new vehicles, larger-than-life personalities, exciting tracks, and iconic moments that have been etched into the minds of fans—young and old—throughout NASCAR’s history.NASCAR-3

With seating for 286, the High Octane Theater features a 64-ft.-wide screen with surround sound. The entertaining and educational welcome movie traces NASCAR’s historic roots from the sandy beaches of Daytona Beach to today’s tracks of all sizes and shapes, including the two Superspeedways. The Hall of Honor is the sacred area where NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees are enshrined, celebrated and honored.

Race Week provides a behind-the-scenes look at the weekly preparations by NASCAR teams, officials and those who support each race event. From dirt and asphalt short tracks to superspeedways across the nation, drivers have showcased their talents over the course of seven decades.

The Heritage Speedway exhibit—showcasing more than 200 artifacts—helps walk visitors through NASCAR’s storied past, decade-by-decade. Three theaters explore the history of the automobile, a memorial area for reflecting on those who have passed on, and 50 great finishes that can be accessed juke-box style.

The Guest Services staff strives to provide every visitor with a memorable experience by providing features and amenities that create a welcoming environment for all. Accommodations include assisted parking spaces, easy access points, several elevators, courtesy wheelchairs, special theater seating areas, listening devices for the hearing impaired, and open captioning. Special access to the Track Banking Experience and the iRacing Simulator recreate very real on-track driver experiences. Staff assistance is available in some areas, but guests should plan on being accompanied by someone who can help them enjoy everything there is to see and do.

Make plans to be in Charlotte for the ninth annual NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony! The five new honorees will be inducted during a ceremony on Friday, January 19, 2018. Induction ticket prices range from $45 for general seats to $350 for the Exclusive Driver Dinner Package (plus tax and applicable service fees).

For more highlight information or a deep dive into everything about the NASCAR Hall of Fame, please visit nascarhall.com

 

45 NASCAR HALL OF FAME HONOREES

2010 Class
Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
Bill France, Sr.
Bill France, Jr.
Junior Johnson
Richard Petty

2011 Class
Bobby Allison
Ned Jarrett
Bud Moore
David Pearson
Lee Petty

2012 Class
Richie Evans
Dale Inman
Darrell Waltrip
Glen Wood
Cale Yarborough

2013 Class
Buck Baker
Cotton Owens
Herb Thomas
Rusty Wallace
Leonard Wood

2014 Class
Tim Flock
Jack Ingram
Dale Jarrett
Maurice Petty
Fireball Roberts

2015 Class
Bill Elliott
Fred Lorenzen
Wendell Scott
Joe Weatherly
Rex White

2016 Class
Jerry Cook
Bobby Isaac
Terry Labonte
Bruton Smith
Curtis Turner

2017 Class
Richard Childress
Rick Hendrick
Mark Martin
Raymond Parks
Benny Parsons

2018 Class
Red Byron
Ray Evernham
Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Ken Squier
Robert Yates

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