NASCAR Hall of Fame to induct first class May 23

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Some NASCAR fans will have the opportunity to be part of history later this month. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is now open, and 3,100 lucky fans are invited to witness the inaugural induction ceremonies.

Tickets for the ceremony are on sale at Ticketmaster. The event is scheduled for noon, Sunday, May 23, in the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte, N.C.

The prestigious ceremony will feature presentations about each inductee from prominent members of the NASCAR community. The highlight of the event will be the induction of the Inaugural Class of 2010: Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Jr., Bill France Sr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at or by calling 800-745-3000.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it is our pleasure to invite race fans to Charlotte to share in the special day,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “This is like being at the first Induction Ceremony of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 when legends like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were officially inducted. Only 3,100 people will have the chance to say they witnessed the first NASCAR Hall of Fame induction in person.”

For those of us not fortunate enough to make it to Charlotte on the 23rd, you can start planning your future vacations now. The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public yesterday (May, 11). Their hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. The only days the hall is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

General admission is $19.95 adults, $17.95 seniors/military, $12.95 children 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more, and memberships are also available. All tickets are issued on a timed-entry basis, meaning customers enter by appointment at the top of every hour.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is at 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. Tickets can be purchased at the facility, online at or by phone at 877-231-2010.

If anyone locally does plan on attending the induction ceremony, please e-mail me about your trip and the experience. I would like to do a follow-up story about the event.

From the May 12-18, 2010 issue

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