The Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. has opened a new limited-time exhibit, “Haulin’: 25 Years of Nascar Trucks.” This exhibit, located in the Great Hall, chronicles 25 years of the history, heritage, and heroes of Nascar Trucks.
“This new exhibit is another great example of the Nascar Hall’s commitment to honoring the history and heritage of all aspects of the sport,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the Nascar Hall of Fame. “Honoring these drivers and the trucks that carried them to success is a fitting celebration of the talent and skill throughout Nascar. We are proud to highlight their contributions alongside the other memorable moments reflected in the Hall.”
Sanctioned off-road truck racing has been happening for years when a small group of Southern California racers pitched Nascar on the idea of racing pickup trucks on paved oval tracks. Nascar Chairman Bill France Jr. agreed to the idea in late 1992, and by 1994, there were Nascar trucks holding exhibition races in the Southwest. On year later, the Nascar SuperTruck Series, now called the Nascar Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, was created. The Truck Series created its own roster of star athletes, and to this day is an important step for young drivers looking to move up the ranks.
Through the use of actual race trucks, audio, photos, and artifacts, the Nascar Hall of Fame tells the story of the truck and those who raced them. The exhibit will remain on display until July 2020, with special events celebrating the Truck Series to be announced at a later date.
Truck Series Drivers and their trucks featured in the exhibit include:
- P.J. Jones, Chevrolet, 1994
- Mike Skinner, Chevrolet, 1995
- Todd Bodine, Toyota, 2006
- Jack Sprague, Toyota, 2007
- Ron Horaday, Jr., Chevrolet, 2007
- Kyle Busch, Toyota, 2010
- Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 2014
- Matt Crafton, Ford, 2019
General admission tickets to the Nascar Hall of Fame are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors with ID, $18 for military with ID, $18 for kids ages 4-12 and free for members and children ages 3 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at NascarHall.com.