Charlotte lands racing Hall of Fame

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.(AP) -- The city of Charlotte has landed the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Felix Sabates, who helped spearhead the effort to get the Hall, said one reason Charlotte was chosen because of its proximity to many racing teams and drivers.

Five cities -- Atlanta, Charlotte, Daytona Beach, Richmond and Kansas City, Kansas -- bid on the right to host the Hall of Fame. When Charlotte submitted its bid last May, it valued the package at $137.5 million. Under the proposal, the city would build and operate the facility.

Officials hope to have the facility open in 2009.

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