After a flurry of activity this summer, there has been little news coming out of NASCAR about its decision on where to park the sport's hall of fame.
But earlier this week, NASCAR's hall-of-fame committee met in Daytona Beach to discuss the five cities vying to land the shrine: Daytona Beach, Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Richmond, Va., and Kansas City, Kan.
Monday's meeting was the first time since this summer's site visits that the entire committee met in person, said Kerry Tharp, a NASCAR spokesman.
Tharp said the group is still receiving follow-up information from the cities about their proposals. The group of 10 to 15 executives will make recommendations to NASCAR's board of directors, which will have the ultimate call about where the hall will be.
George Mirabal, the president of the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce and one of the bid's organizers, said his group sent NASCAR some final information about the financing of the hall last week.
"There is nothing we can do now but wait," Mirabal said.
NASCAR has said that the only certainty is that a decision will be announced by the end of the year. There has been speculation that the field of cities would be narrowed to two or three candidates sometime this fall, but Tharp said that has not been determined.
"All five cities are extremely important to NASCAR and have been for many years and will continue to be," Tharp said.
Mirabal said he doesn't think NASCAR will trim the list of cities because of concerns that the cut cities may be offended.
"Why would you do that?" Mirabal said. "You have races and friends in every one of those cities."
There also has been talk that NASCAR will announce the winning city at its annual awards banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in December. Mirabal thinks that would be a smart move.
"I would run it just like the Academy Awards," Mirabal said.
". . . I would announce the winner so the other four cities could all say they came in second place."
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