Call For The Hall

Baseball has Cooperstown, the NFL has Canton and NASCAR may soon have...Kansas City?

An official request for a hall of fame proposal was sent out by NASCAR this week to four potential host cities; Charlotte, Daytona Beach, Atlanta and Kansas City. Two make perfect sense, one is a stretch and the other is really out of left field.

Kansas Speedway has sold out all of its races since the track was built. The race fans of the Midwest are some of the best in the country. But putting a NASCAR Hall of Fame there would be like building a Dairy Queen next to Weight Watchers' headquarters. In short, a dumb idea.

Atlanta is also a nice city, but has a reputation for not supporting its professional sports. Braves playoff games are rarely sold out and attendance for the Falcons and Hawks are also disappointing.

And Atlanta Motor Speedway management always has a tough time filling all of its seats for the twice annual NASCAR weekends. I doubt residents are clamoring for a NASCAR hall of fame.

Daytona Beach is the birthplace of NASCAR and seems like the most logical choice for a hall of fame. With Daytona International Speedway and the adjoining Daytona USA as counterparts, the sport's hall of fame would no doubt draw a tremendous number of visitors.

Now that the track has added the January Pre-Season Thunder testing sessions to go along with Speedweeks in February, a hall of fame would no doubt become a destination for race-starved fans hitting the Sunshine State in the winter.

But to me, Charlotte is the best choice for NASCAR's hall of fame. NASCAR to Charlotte is what the Cubs and Bears are to Chicago, the Yankees are to New York and Ohio State is to Columbus. Even with pro football and basketball now taking up residence in Charlotte and the popularity of ACC basketball and football, NASCAR is the sport of the Queen City.

With the tremendous exposure Lowe's Motor Speedway gives the sport and all the promotional efforts by Humpy Wheeler and his staff, the hall of fame would be a perfect fit in Charlotte. May and October NASCAR race weekends would no doubt fill the HOF with tourists and visitors.

And with virtually every team located within the Charlotte-Mooresville corridor, the area has been the hub of NASCAR racing for nearly 40 years.

Yearly induction ceremonies could be tied into the annual All-Star weekend and Charlotte would have its place on the professional sports landscape solidifed even further.

There's no doubt, the "call for the hall" should go to Charlotte.

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