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Speed Mail: Hall of fame, Mexico race need support to survive
Christina from Florida: Who decided where the Hall of Fame would be located? And, why not in Daytona, you know, the World Center of Racing? Yes, I do live in Florida, but it would have been nice to see the Hall of Fame where NASCAR was born. Larry McReynolds: No matter where they put it Daytona, Richmond, Atlanta, Charlotte, Kansas or Phoenix it was going to be a big deal. It's going to be a big deal, and the city that ended up with it was going to do a very good job. When I look at the World Center of Racing, Daytona, it already is saturated with fan-friendly stuff from the speedway to Daytona USA to the new Nextel Fan Zone during the races. And 12 months out of the year, I run into people in gas stations and restaurants that come to the Charlotte/Mooresville area to visit the race shops. Many race shops have become fan friendly with viewing areas, just like the big enclosed catwalk across the Penske Racing shop. If those fans are already coming to Charlotte and viewing all of the different shops with their favorite teams and drivers, then it's kind of a win-win situation for the hall of fame to be nearby.
Charlotteans, we got what we asked for; now we've got to make sure we support it. The same holds true for Mexico and its Busch race. You've got a race, Mexico, but you didn't support it on Sunday as well as you did last year. Charlotte, you've got your hall of fame. We all lobbied hard for it. The city powers that be worked very hard to get it here with an awesome presentation and the help of a lot of people. Now, gang, we need to make sure we support this thing as it's being built and especially after it's up and running. No matter which city was awarded the hall of fame, we knew that four cities would be disappointed with the outcome of the selection. Who exactly decided where the hall of fame would go? I'm sure the France family from Bill Jr. to Brian to Lesa France Kennedy had a hand in selecting Charlotte.
Mexican crowd disappointsWes from Jayton, Texas: Larry, I was just wondering if NASCAR has any plans to run any Nextel Cup races out of the country, like the did at Japan a few years ago? Larry McReynolds: Honestly, I haven't heard anything about any international Nextel Cup events, and not to short-cut Mexico, Canada or anywhere else, but we've got all the races we need right here in the United States. We've got 38 events right now, including the Budweiser Shootout and the all-star race. We've got potential tracks coming to the Pacific Northwest and Staten Island. Kentucky Speedway has filed a lawsuit to get a Nextel Cup date.
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FOX race analyst Larry McReynolds has more than 25 years of NASCAR experience as a mechanic, crew chief and broadcaster. He and his fellow Crew Chief Club members take you behind the wall at www.crewchiefclub.com.
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