The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, has opened a new limited-time exhibit, “Haulin’: 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks.”
This special exhibit, located in the Great Hall, chronicles 25 years of the rich and rowdy history, heritage and heroes who made NASCAR trucks a sensation.
“This new exhibit is another great example of the NASCAR Hall’s commitment to honouring the history and heritage of all aspects of the sport,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Honouring 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 had been happening for decades 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. signed off on the idea in late 1992, and by 1994, there were NASCAR trucks staging exhibition races in the US Southwest. A year later, the NASCAR SuperTruck Series (now the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series) was born. From its earliest days to the present, NASCAR-style truck racing was a winner with fans, sponsors, manufacturers, teams and drivers.
Through the use of actual race trucks, audio, photos and artifacts, the NASCAR Hall of Fame tells the story of the tough trucks and the tougher individuals who raced them. The exhibit will be on display until July with special events celebrating the Truck Series to be announced in the coming months.