Staunton, Virginia's Worrell Is Bristol's Guest For The 2013 NASCAR Hall Of Fame Induction
Long-time Bristol Motor Speedway ticket holder Glen Worrell has wanted to go to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. for quite a while – but for one reason or another he and his family haven't been able to make the trip.
That's all settled now though because courtesy of Bristol Motor Speedway's "Be Bristol's Guest For The 2013 Hall of Fame Induction" contest, that’s exactly where Worrell will be on Feb. 8.
"I was so surprised we won," said Worrell, who lives in Staunton, Va. "And we're so excited about finally getting to go. We're all race fans and I can’t wait to go through the Hall of Fame and see how the sport has progressed.
"We've talked about going to the Hall of Fame several times and even said we might go this summer. And to think that we not only get the opportunity to do it, but also get to go to the induction ceremony… it's going to be quite an adventure."
The 43-year-old Worrell, who has been coming to races at BMS for more than two decades, was chosen from thousands of Bristol race fans who renewed their season ticket packages for 2013 to make the trip to the Hall of Fame. Worrell, his wife Ruth and their eight-year-old son Daniel won VIP passes to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, passes to the NASCAR Preview 2013 Fan Event, passes to tour NASCAR race shops, two nights lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn (near the Hall of Fame) and $250 in spending money.
Worrell says he's most looking forward to seeing some of racing's greatest names being inducted into the Hall of Fame at the ceremony.
"Obviously, I know some of the people being inducted. Leonard Wood, Rusty Wallace and I know a little about Buck Baker," he said. "But the others (Cotton Owens and Herb Thomas), I don't know much about and I’m really excited to learn about them and their contributions to racing."
Worrell grew up liking Dale Earnhardt and Davey Allison and now pulls for Jeff Gordon, although he says he's always liked Jeff and Ward Burton too.
"I like Gordon and so does my wife," he said. "My son is an 88 fan (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) so we're a Hendrick family. My son's first race was at Bristol when he was three years old – we took him to both races, the Nationwide and the Cup, so I know he's a diehard fan.
"My wife and I got married in '97 and we've only missed a couple of races at Bristol since then," continued Worrell. "But I can remember sitting in the grass and watching races there from Turn 2… it's just amazing how that place has changed over the years.
"There's really nothing like Bristol. It's just exciting. There's always something going on, the cars are always right in front of you, there’s not a bad season in the house and anything can happen at any moment. It's just a great place to go to a race."