- Last Updated on 07:52 AM 05/14/12
- BY Joe Chandler
South Boston Speedway has been selected as one of four NASCAR short tracks to be featured in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
The local track is featured as part of a new exhibition that opens today in the Great Hall of the NASCAR Hall Of Fame called “Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Heroes Are Born.”
NASCAR Hall Of Fame officials said the exhibition will be open for viewing through Oct. 6.
“We are very happy and very honored to be included in this exhibition and to be featured in the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice.
“It’s a very special honor, especially when you consider that there are 60-plus NASCAR-sanctioned short tracks across the country. South Boston Speedway has been a big part of NASCAR racing history and a number of drivers that got their start racing at South Boston Speedway have gone on to have successful careers at the highest levels of NASCAR racing. We’re extremely proud and honored that NASCAR has chosen to honor South Boston Speedway in this way.”
“Grassroots Racing: Where NASCAR Stars Are Born” tells the story of hometown racetracks, affectionately called “grassroots” tracks, 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 NASCAR Hall Of Fame.
“This is the eighth new Great Hall exhibition since our 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.
Highlighting the exhibition are historic racecars - 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).
Rice said she and South Boston Speedway officials are exploring possibilities to host a NASCAR Hall Of Fame Night at some point during the season.
“We are looking at a possible date in July for that event,” Rice said.
“But, there is nothing definite at this point. We will announce further details at a later date.”
The NASCAR Hall Of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. is open to the public. Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or visiting the website at NASCARHall.com.