2012 Hall of Fame Weekend Set

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR has announced the addition of a new event - the NASCAR Preview 2012, Presented by Sprint – that will follow January’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

“NASCAR Acceleration Weekend,” scheduled for Jan. 20-22 in Charlotte, N.C., will give fans an unprecedented, festival-like experience with a combination of events and activities featuring the legends of the sport and the stars of today.

“The 'NASCAR Acceleration Weekend' will be an unforgettable start of a special tradition centered on the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton.  "Putting the 2012 Induction Ceremony together with the NASCAR Preview makes this a must-visit event weekend for racing fans across the country.”

Kicking off the inaugural NASCAR Acceleration Weekend on Friday, Jan. 20, is the formal induction of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 - Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough – at a dinner and ceremony located in the Charlotte Convention Center which adjoins the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  This revered group - comprised of three drivers, a crew chief and a team owner - marks the third class to be inducted into the Hall.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the NASCAR Preview 2012, Presented by Sprint brings a new addition to the annual off-season calendar reminiscent of popular season preview events of the past.  The fan-focused, all-day event will be located inside the Charlotte Convention Center and will feature driver and show car appearances; simulators; games; prizes; and other fan-friendly, interactive activities.

The highlight of the day for many fans will be autograph and on-stage Q&A sessions with drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series; plus the four living members of the newest NASCAR Hall of Fame class.

The NASCAR Preview 2012, Presented by Sprint now joins the NASCAR Pre-season Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway (to be held the previous week) as the two premier events for fans to meet their favorite drivers and get revved up for the start of the new season - which will kick off with the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26.

“Accessibility to the stars of the sport is what sets NASCAR apart from other professional sports,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  “Giving fans an opportunity to honor legends of the sport one day and then meet future Hall of Famers the next day are the kinds of fan-focused activities the NASCAR Hall of Fame is uniquely positioned to deliver.”

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend will conclude Sunday, Jan. 22, when exhibits of the five-member Class of 2012 will be unveiled inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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