Three Left For Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR announced Thursday that three cities -- Atlanta, Charlotte and Daytona Beach -- are still under consideration for serving as the host site for the sport's first officially sanctioned Hall of Fame.

Kansas City and Richmond were the two other cities that had submitted proposals to NASCAR and been involved in the process since the early part of 2005.

"NASCAR is extremely appreciative of the time, effort and commitment put forth by the cities of Kansas City and Richmond," said Mark Dyer, NASCAR vice president for licensing. "Both of their proposals were outstanding and the passion and enthusiasm the people involved showed for the NASCAR Hall of Fame has made a lasting impression on all of us.

"We'd like to thank Gov. Sebelius of Kansas and Gov. Warner of Virginia, along with all of the other people who put so much work into this project. Both of these cities are extremely important to our sport and should be congratulated for their efforts.

"As we move forward in this process, we believe it is necessary to focus our attention on the three cities of Atlanta, Charlotte and Daytona Beach. Based upon the proposals that we have reviewed internally for the past several months, we believe these three cities provide us with the best opportunity to build and develop a world-class NASCAR Hall of Fame for our millions of loyal fans."

NASCAR hopes to make a final decision on its Hall of Fame site sometime within the first quarter of 2006.

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