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What's new at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2024?

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The NASCAR Hall of Fame is constantly changing with new inductees and new exhibits. Here's what you can see as you tour the hall.

In March, I took the trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, my second visit to the museum to honor the history and legacy of the premier stock car racing series. The Hall of Fame tells the story of the sport through artifacts large and small and interactive exhibits that captivate the visitor. While I had tried most of the interactive experiences on my first visit, this time I was here for the new exhibits and artifacts.

Kevin Harvick, 4Ever A Champion:

We spent last season honoring her Kevin Harvick, the 2014 champion and sixty-time Cup Series winner. On the main concourse floor, five cars and suitcases told the story of Harvick's career and lasting legacy in NASCAR. First on display was his 1998 Winston West race car, which he drove to win five races en route to the title. Next to the car was his fire suit and trophies from that campaign.

Technically not a NASCAR stock car, but an IROC Pontiac Firebird. Harvick won the IROC Championship in 2002, winning the second race at Auto Club Speedway and earning 54 points. The rear spoiler on the IROC car is so unique and it was a pleasure to be able to look at it up close.

The most iconic car on the floor is his 2014 Chevy SS in Budweiser red and white. The Budweiser colors are obscured by yellow and black stars and ten-year-old Homestead beer stains. It is the car with which he won his only championship and which he still remembers today.

Kevin Harvick's Budweiser Chevrolet SS, which won the championship in 2014.
Kevin Harvick's Budweiser Chevrolet SS, which won the championship in 2014.

Hall of Honor:

The 2024 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class is a legendary group. Donnie Allison, part of the famous 1979 Daytona 500 finisher and mentor to many of the Cup Series' current stars. His red and white Hawaiian Tropic Oldsmobile, a car involved in this famous incident. Although it has been restored and has no traces of this race, it is like a glimpse of history when viewed in color.

Chad Knaus is one half of the Hendrick #48 team's dominance in the early 2010s. While Hall of Fame inductees typically have a car as the centerpiece of their display, Knaus's is the Lowes #48 Pit Box. Ready for action, with jacks, tools, air rifles and laptops, it is dressed as it was back then Jimmy Johnson and he won seven championships.

Jimmy Johnson, seven-time champion with 83 wins. Many consider him to be the greatest driver NASCAR has ever seen. He won five straight championships in a playoff format that was constantly changing. He joined his fellow seven-time champions, Richard Petty And Dale Earnhardt, now in the Hall of Fame. The centerpiece of his exhibition, the Chevy SS, with which he won his seventh title. Still decorated with confetti and with a fender blown off in a burnout.

Jimmie Johnson's 2016 Chevrolet from Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he won his seventh championship, in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Jimmie Johnson's 2016 Chevrolet from Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he won his seventh championship, in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

His artifact case also contains interesting pieces. His Boston Marathon race number, #4848. The VIP pass he had to get in Phoenix, an ESPY award for best rider, and an impressive collection of championship rings.

Jimmie Johnson's exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  With a VIP ID from Phoenix, an ESPY and a bib from the Boston Marathon.
Jimmie Johnson's exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. With a VIP ID from Phoenix, an ESPY and a bib from the Boston Marathon.

Other exhibitions

Kurt Busch There is also a large collection of his fire suits on display, spanning from his first starts in stock car racing to his final year in 2022. The 2023 season will be celebrated with a large collection of trophies, fire suits and other memorabilia from the year. John Hunter Nemecheks Fenders and mud flaps from his fiery burnout at Martinsville are on display, among other unforgettable moments.

While these are the new additions to the hall in 2024, there is still Glory Road, a winding display of NASCAR stock cars through the years, with cars from every NASCAR series. The simulators were great fun, with Bristol being the track of the week.

This is just a fraction of what you can see and experience at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The hall is open Mondays and Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plan a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame to see iconic pieces of NASCAR history.

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