Richmond Out of NASCAR Hall of Fame Race (Updated)

NBC-12 in Richmond has just reported that Richmond and Kansas City have been eliminated from consideration as potential sites for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Richmond’s team, with Josh Lief at the helm, gave it a good shot.

Update: The Friday morning Times-Dispatch story is here. No reason was given by NASCAR, but they claim they did the organizers a favor by not “stringing them along.”


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2 responses to “Richmond Out of NASCAR Hall of Fame Race (Updated)”

  1. ChurchHillbilly Avatar
    ChurchHillbilly

    It is sad, but not suprising. The centralized location of Richmond was really the only thing the Richmond proposal had going for it. Im not knocking the design and all the hard work that went into the Richmond bid. I think it was stellar. However, every city in the running put in a bid that included mind-boggling building design. Unfortunately, NASCAR ultimately wants each site to “show me the money”. Daytona, Atlanta, & Charlotte are the giants of NASCAR when it comes to making money. Richmond, despite its sell out crowds, never really had a chance. Maybe we should move the RIR to the Bottom or the Fulton Gas Works. Just kidding.

  2. Jim Bacon Avatar
    Jim Bacon

    With all due respect to my friend Josh Lief, who made a valiant effort to bring the museum to Richmond, I don’t see this as a great loss for Richmond. Developing the city as a tourist attraction is not a good use of communal resources. Hampton Roads has done a fine job of generating tourism, but look at the rate of job, income and wealth creation there. That’s not a record we in Richmond — or any but the most desperate of regions — should emulate.

    In a globally competitive economy, communities like Richmond need to be marshalling resources and investing in the institutions of knowledge creation. The best candidates at present: The Massey Cancer Center and VCU’s new Monroe Campus, where the business and engineering schools will sit side by side and offer inter-disciplinary programs. The Greater Richmond Partnership also hopes to initiate discussion on the idea of building a world-class industry cluster in high-performance fibers.

    Likewise, Hampton Roads would be a lot better off working with the Warner (and Kaine) administrations to invest in its emerging Modeling & Simulation cluster than pumping more resources in tourism.

    The only regions that should be boosting tourism are those that lack the resources to build institutions of knowlege-creation.

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