NASCAR began in Daytona Beach, Florida, so one might think that's the perfect location to build the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
But Stock Car racing's roots are embedded intot the hill's of North Carolina's piedmont and mountains and it's where MOST of the NASCAR team now call home.
But by the end of the year NASCAR should make the decision where to put the Hall of Fame but the decision won't neccessarily be based on the history of racin' at all.
NASCAR is looking for the best proposal, some public money, and guaranteed profits. The city with the best combination of these factors will be the winner, BUT I'm not too sure the contest for the Hall is fair.
The cities in the running are Charlotte, Atlanta, Richmond and Kansas City(Kansas) and Daytona.
Daytona unveiled it's plan this week, announcing that the Hall of fame, if built there, would adjoin the Daytona USA attraction at the Daytona International Speedway.
Seems to me that makes the playing field less level for the other cities. NASCAR gets to build the Hall on the property of one of it's own speedways? The world center of speed? The site of the largest stock car race in the world? How could any other city beat that deal?
I may be jaded because I live here in NC, but this is the center of the NASCAR Universe. Charlotte and the surrounding area is where people come to get their NASCAR fix. And again, most of the NASCAR teams are in this region.
And why put the Hall way down in Florida any way. Put it up here in the middle of all the action where people headed north to a race will stop on the way, or people headed south to a race will stop on the way....after all this is where Stock Car Racing began.