On the opening day of its 2014 session, the House of Representatives paid tribute to the racing legends inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame and commended NASCAR for its many valuable contributions to the traditions of North Carolina’s culture.
House Joint Resolution 1030, honoring NASCAR drivers and crew members, passed unanimously in both the House and Senate on May 14, 2014.
Each year, NASCAR recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport by inducting five legends into the Hall of Fame. The 2014 class of Hall of Fame inductees include Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty, and Fireball Roberts.
This year’s inductees join NASCAR’s past Hall of Fame members: Bobby Allison, Buck Baker, Dale Earnhardt, Richie Evans, Bill France, Sr., Bill France, Jr., Dale Inman, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Bud Moore, Cotton Owens, David Pearson, Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood, Leonard Wood, and Cale Yarborough.
To watch highlights from the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, click here.
In the joint resolution, the House honored these racing legends and the memory of those NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees who have passed away: Dale Earnhardt, Bill France, Sr., Bill France, Jr., Lee Petty, Richie Evans, Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Tim Flock, and Fireball Roberts.
During the floor debate on the resolution, individual members of the House took great delight in saluting their favorite drivers, many sharing fond memories of racing from their childhood.
In 2011, stock car racing became the official State sport of North Carolina, and North Carolina is home to 90% of NASCAR teams.
Motorsports and stock car racing make tremendous contributions to our state’s economy through travel and tourism and job creation. Just two weeks ago, the ten day “Blockbuster of Racing” (highlighted by the 30th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the 55th running of the Coca-Cola 600) itself generated more than $250 million to the Charlotte region and directly supported nearly 4,500 jobs there.
The North Carolina Motorsports Association estimates that more than 25,000 jobs in North Carolina are related to the motorsports industry. Charitable NASCAR nonprofits — operated by both drivers and owners — is a $20 billion industry which has provided millions of dollars to support and enhance the quality of life for families in North Carolina.
The motorsports industry has also become an important proving ground for the development of mechanical engineering and engine technology; North Carolina’s motorsports industry partnered with the military in February 2012 to share technology related to performance and safety to help our nation’s military. You can read about some of the fascinating technical aspects that have come out of the sports car industry in the 2009 book “The Physics of NASCAR: The Science Behind the Speed” by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky. The author, a physicist and devoted NASCAR fan, explains in clear, simple terms what goes into making a NASCAR vehicle — from design to development to construction to test-driving.
As the home to many of the legends and pioneers of stock car racing, it was fitting that Charlotte was chosen in 2006 as the site of the prestigious NASCAR Hall of Fame. The building, which opened in 2010, aims to preserve the history of NASCAR and to entertain and educate racing and non-racing fans alike.
Click here for a neat video tour of the Hall of Fame building from visitnc.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a family-owned and operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France, Sr. in 1947–48.
The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 dried up some of their business, but by then Southerners had developed a taste for moonshine, and a number of the drivers continued “runnin’ shine,” but this time evading the “revenuers” who were attempting to tax their operations.
The cars continued to improve, and by the late 1940s, races featuring these cars were being run for pride and profit. These races were popular entertainment in the rural Southern United States, and they are most closely associated with the Wilkes County region of North Carolina. For mores information on NASCAR, including drivers, events, fans, and its storied history, visit www.nascar.com.