Racing History's Memory Lane
“What they did was shave the distance between the top and bottom, and NASCAR never thought to look,” Freeman said. “You can look at the cars side by side and see the difference, but it wasn’t something you’d look for or notice during a normal inspection.”
Waltrip’s favorite ride – the Gatorade-sponsored “Big Bertha” that won 12 races – is nearby.
The Dale Earnhardt Gallery is a huge draw, featuring paintings and mementos from the “The Intimidator’s” career. Outside the gallery is a 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo donated by Earnhardt himself. It has no sponsorship but sports a color scheme that was used when Wrangler became his first major corporate sponsor.
More history is housed in the UNOCAL 76 Building. Aside from Issac’s car, there is the machine driven by Fireball Roberts and prepared by Smokey Yunick – representing the work of two Hall of Fame inductees. The last car Bobby Allison won a race in is on display, as well as vehicles piloted by the likes of Hall of Famers Richard Petty, Tiny Lund and Buddy Baker. Indy cars, NASCAR Craftsman Trucks and various other four-wheel wonders are in the building, along with a special Alabama Gang area, which features cars driven by Bobby, Donnie and Davey Allison, Bonnett and Red Farmer.
The International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum also has much more to offer. There is an on-site library that houses $30,000 worth of motorsports literature. There are trophies, display cases, driving suits, a room dedicated to the Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers, an ARCA Hall of Champions and one display dedicated to the prestigious Driver of the Year Award.
Meet the Drivers
Hometown: Las Vegas
Drives the Rubbermaid-sponsored Ford for Roush Racing.
Already a multiple winner in NASCAR’s biggest league in just his third full season on the circuit, this young gun is quickly establishing a reputation as one of the “bad boys” of racing. His on-track – and off-track – altercations with Jimmy Spencer have become legendary, and Busch is finding other drivers take exception to his hard-charging style.
Still, there’s no denying the talents of the 25-year-old, who began racing Dwarf cars at the age of 14 in his hometown of Las Vegas. At the tender age of 17, he’d already claimed the Nevada Dwarf Car Championship.