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The Dream: 25 Years & Counting

August 12th, 2017 at 12:40 PM
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Twenty-five years ago a dream became a reality. On Jan. 4, 1992, after more than six years of planning, fundraising and construction, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum opened for business.

The four-story facility, which overlooks turn two of Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway, has evolved through the years but its sole purpose has remained unchanged.

“The mantra of the museum has always been to promote the future of sprint car racing and preserve the past of the sport. From the very beginning to this day, that’s what we strive to do,” said Bob Baker, a motorsports industry veteran who has been the executive director of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum since 2008. “There are different ways that we are doing those things now that maybe they didn’t think of or do back when the ground was broken for this building in 1989. We still bring in different cars to put on display and do exhibits. But I think our feature exhibits have evolved over the last eight or nine years with the Salute to Champions program. We are doing a Salute to Champion Sammy Swindell this year.

“When it first opened, a lot of people didn’t know about the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and they didn’t know they could bring their restored race cars into …

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