Back To The Future, II
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s stock car evolution exhibit, unveiled last week at Darlington Raceway, moves to Lowe’s Motor Speedway this week, giving fans a chance to see how the “Car of Tomorrow” is reminiscent of seasons past.
The exhibit, entitled “NASCAR: Back to the Future,” was viewed by approximately 15,000 fans last weekend at Darlington Raceway. At LMS, the exhibit will be housed in the fan display zone across from the speedway’s main entrance, adjacent to the intersection of Highway 29 and Morehead Road in Concord, N.C.
Friday and Saturday, in conjunction with the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, the exhibit will be open from 12-7 p.m.
Next week, in conjunction with the Coca-Cola 600, the exhibit will be open from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24; 12-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 26; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.
The exhibit illustrates the evolution of NASCAR-style stock cars, culminating with the current Car of Tomorrow models that honor traditional NASCAR principles of safety, competition and cost management while offering a closer-to-stock appearance that is a “throwback” to the past.
Three cars from that past are featured:
* A 1972 Dodge Charger driven by Richard Petty – he won the series championship that year – on loan from Petty Enterprises.
* A 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Darrell Waltrip. The car is on loan from the International Motorsports Hall of Fame located in Talladega, Ala.
* A 1987 Chevrolet driven by Terry Labonte and owned by Junior Johnson, on loan from the NMPA Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame and Museum located at Darlington Raceway.
Other cars planned for the exhibit include both the Car of Tomorrow and street versions of the four 2007 models competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Chevrolet Impala SS, Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry.
In addition, an informative video detailing the evolution of a stock car will be shown continuously.
Last Sunday’s event at Darlington was the fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race this season using the Car of Tomorrow models. The previous “COT” races were at Bristol Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway.