Media gets a peek at NASCAR Hall of Fame

By David Whisenant - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Wendell Scott's racing suit, a money clip Richard Petty gave to every driver in the field for his last race, Jack Smith's Pontiac that paced, but eventually lost, the very first World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

These are a few of the more than 1000 artifacts on display in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

"It's like a big detective story actually," said Hall of Fame Historian Buz McKim.  "One thing leads to another, somebody knows somebody whose father was at that race who might have a program and then his brother in law knows the goes who used to work on the car, he probably has some, it's like a big network, everything we went after we were able to find."

On Tuesday media members from across the country got to go inside and see what all the fuss is about.

Next Tuesday, everyone else to get to see inside.

Visitors will be able to do much more than simply look at the exhibits that tell the 60 plus year history of NASCAR racing.

The Hall of Fame is filled with interactive activities that allow visitors to drive a race car simulator, either alone, or in a race with friends.

There are also stations where visitors can practice pit stops against the clock, test their skills in the broadcast booth, and experience the feel of 33 degree banking.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is set to open on May 11 with lavish grand opening ceremonies that will feature many current and former NASCAR stars.