Today the NASCAR Hall of Fame 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 honoring the history and heritage of all aspects of the sport," said Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "Honoring 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 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. The Truck Series created its own group of star athletes, and to this day remains a critical stepping stone for young drivers looking to move up the ranks.
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 2020, with special events celebrating the Truck Series to be announced in the coming months. View photos here (images courtesy of the NASCAR Hall of Fame).
Truck Series Drivers and their trucks featured in "Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks" include:
- P.J. Jones, Chevrolet, 1994
- Mike Skinner, Chevrolet, 1995
- Todd Bodine, Toyota, 2006
- Jack Sprague, Toyota, 2007
- Ron Hornaday, Jr., Chevrolet, 2007
- Kyle Busch, Toyota, 2010
- Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 2014
- Matt Crafton, Ford, 2019
General admission tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased online at nascarhall.com or via Ticketmaster by calling 877-231-2010. Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors with ID, $18 for military with ID, $18 for youth 4-12 and free for members and children three and under. High-octane combo packages are also available. All prices include tax. Memberships start at $125.