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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
It's a big weekend at the NASCAR hall of Fame in Center City Charlotte, and this year, it involves more than the annual induction of the Hall's newest members.
NASCAR and the Hall of Fame have put together the Acceleration Weekend 2013, complete with driver appearances, interactive displays, and exhibits.
The Induction Ceremony takes place Friday night and features a red carpet walk, private reception, and induction dinner. For 2013 the newest members of the Hall of Fame are legendary drivers Buck Baker, Herb Thomas, and Rust Wallace, along with car owner Cotton Owens, and crew chief, mechanic, and engine builder Leonard Wood.
The ceremony will include speeches by Wallace and Wood, the two living members of the 2013 class. Wallace's son, Greg, will do the induction presentation for his father.
Leonard Wood's nephew, Eddie, will be his inductor as Leonard joins his brother, Glen, as the second member of the famed Wood Brothers team to make it.
Buddy Baker, the son of Buck, will speak in honor of his father.
Pearson, a former championship driver, and former team owner Bud Moore, also a Hall of Famer, will speak in honor of Owens.
Ned Jarrett, also a Hall of Famer, will speak for Thomas.
"I've always admired him (Wallace), he's one of my favorites," said 91 year old Clara Chapman. Chapman came with her son from Jacksonville, NC, to be at the Hall of Fame on Friday.
Ted Barnes from Chester, SC, was one of the first in line for a special autograph session in the Hall of Honor. It featured current Hall of Famers like Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, and others.
"Racing is what I live for," Barnes told WBTV. "I live to go around, go to races, go to autograph sessions."
On Saturday, the NASCAR Preview 2013 activities get the green flag. Drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series will be involved in a variety of events from 7 am until 5 pm in the Convention Center Ballroom and Exhibit Hall C.