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Racing Hall of Fame reopens after two years of renovations
Bill Elliott featured in museum showcase
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Dawsonville’s Spencer Davis, left, a 12-year-old Pro Trucks and Limited Late Model driver, signs an autograph for Ean Hall Saturday morning during the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame grand re-opening. - photo by Michele Hester

Dawsonville's storied racing history revved up over the weekend as volunteers with the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame celebrated the museum's grand reopening.

"We're very proud of what we have here in Dawsonville," said Gordon Pirkle, president of the hall of fame.

"This is the best kept secret in Dawsonville. People just don't know what all is in here."

The celebration followed about two years of renovations to the museum, which pays tribute to Dawsonville's racing contributions.

Exhibits cover everything from early moonshine haulers who spawned what would become NASCAR to local young drivers who keep the sport alive.

The museum also showcases former champion Bill Elliott's rise to fame and a timeline of his Dawson County family's success in the sport.

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