After more than 60 years of existence, NASCAR has finally opened the NASCAR Hall of Fame to honor drivers that have made exceptional contributions to the sport. The facility broke ground and started construction in 2007 and opened Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The inaugural class of five drivers was selected from 25 different nominees last year, and they will be inducted 12 days after the opening date, on May 23 2010. The opening will probably be a quick payday although the beneficiary could be surprising.

Hall of Fame for NASCAR

The NASCAR Hall of Fame broke ground in January 2007, according the NASCAR Hall of Fame website. Construction continued, and by fall of 2009, exhibits began to be installed, and the building was scheduled to open for May 11, 2010. Some of the first inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame attended the festivities.

This first class

The inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame involves numerous including Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Richard Petty and Junior Johnson. In their contribution, each of these men were giants of the sport. Bill France JR. helped to further the organization after his father Bill France Sr. found the NASCAR organization. As incredibly popular and successful owners and drivers, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty don’t even need introduction. Junior Johnson is an owner that won six championships as a team owner.

Charlotte now

North Carolina plays a unique role in NASCAR. Numerous of probably the most famous and greatest NASCAR drivers, which involves 3 members of the first class to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame hail from North Carolina. Three major races take place in Charlotte. Also, as outlined by Wikipedia, almost three-fourths of all motorsports employees work in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aside from Daytona Beach, that's about as heavily NASCAR country as you are able to possibly get. Also, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the city. It will bring in tourists and plenty of employment. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is deserved and should to the public good.

Sources for the article

NASCAR Hall of Fame website