Just about anyone and everyone who professes to be a fan of racing has heard about the newly-opened NASCAR Hall of Fame located in Charlotte, NC.But few may know about its most current exhibit (through January 2011) featuring Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Impala, which he drove to victory in the 2010 Brickyard 400, and Kyle Busch’s No. 18 NASCAR.com RaceView Toyota Tundra from his unprecedented Bristol sweep.According to the Hall of Fame, the history-making race cars are fresh from victory lane still sporting racetrack battle scars, celebratory burnout damage and debris, including rubber, grass, soda and champagne.Here’s a bit of background as provided by the Hall of Fame:Genassi’s Historic Trio
Few races in motorsports have the esteem of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400, and Indy Racing League’s Indianapolis 500. An owner winning all three of these races was unheard of until 2010. In February, McMurray, driving for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, won the Daytona 500. On July 25, 2010, he drove the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Impala to victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400, making him only the third driver to win both events in the same season. Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 in one of Ganassi’s cars, making Ganassi the first team owner to win all three legendary auto races in the same season.After winning the Brickyard 400, McMurray celebrated with a smoky, tire-spinning burnout. The celebration was so enthusiastic that McMurray’s right-rear tire exploded, damaging the right-rear quarter panel. McMurray took the lead with 11 laps to go and won the race by 1.4 seconds. The win gave Ganassi owner victories in America’s three most prestigious automobile races: the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Indianapolis 500an unprecedented accomplishment.
Busch’s Bristol Sweep
Three races, three NASCAR series, two teams, one track and one driver add up to Kyle Busch making history this year. At Bristol Motor Speedway in August Kyle Busch became the first driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s top series at the same track on the same weekend. The win was his 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series win of 2010, tying the single-season record, which he has since broken. The victory also was Kyle Busch’s 40th in the series and third Camping World Truck Series win in a row at Bristol.His dominance started Wednesday night when he drove the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 NASCAR.com RaceView Toyota Tundra to his third straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race win at Bristol; he barely had enough fuel to make it to victory lane. Kyle Busch earned his next two victories driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. That Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race win was full of action and drama, including a spin by Brad Keselowski who had been battling Kyle Busch for the lead. Saturday night belonged to Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series race when he led 283 laps, including the last 71.
Stop on by the Hall of Fame when you’re next in Charlotte for this and other exciting exhibits.