DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Twice a year, NASCAR’s center stage comes to the world center of racing.
- Luke Hetrick gets a tour of a Daytona hidden gem
- Special features inside the center
- ISC building holds Nascar's special history
The Coke Zero Sugar 400 runs this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, the most historic track in the country.
Spectrum Sport’s Luke Hetrick discovered how a special building holds more history than the world famous track.
Racing fans know the Daytona International Speedway is the mecca and NASCAR fans know the ISC Archives Research Center is pure heaven.
Only a mile away from the Speedway, you’re bound to stumble upon this place.
At first glance it doesn’t look like much, but on the inside is what NASCAR fans would call their graceland.
“It’s got to be one of the most unique things to come in and see in all of racing,” Herb Branham said.
Branham gave Hetrick a tour of the building, proving how much there is to see.
There is a display for the Daytona 500 where Branham said they like to greet people. It even includes Buddy Baker’s 1980 Champions’ trophy.
The next stop on the tour is the library with an area called Earnhardt corner where almost everything there was donated.
“I’ve never been a fan of libraries but this one has got me psyched,” Hetrick commented.
But Branham explained that they have a special rule in the center.
“We have a rule here. We are never going to put a battery in this clock so it can stay at the only number it needs to be at,” Branham said.
The final stop of the tour saved the best attraction for last, which caught the eye of Hetrick as they moved forward.
It was an exact remake of NASCAR founder and Daytona International Speedway President Bill France Sr.’s office, the way it looked at the speedway in the 60’s and 70’s.
Hetrick took the opportunity to sit in ‘Big Bill’s chair, hoping to recreate the iconic photo of him in black in white.
Hetrick said the recreation of the office in this building brings it all together, for the NASCAR junkies.