International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame Opens NASCAR exhibit

by Bob Johnson 0

ARLINGTON, Texas – NASCAR legend Richard Petty and driver Brian Scott helped the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame open a new exhibit on April 9 highlighting the rich history and connection between racing and bowling.

The exhibit, “Bowling and NASCAR: Life in the Fast Lane,” will be featured until Sept. 16 at the Arlington-based museum. It includes memorabilia ranging from NASCAR themed bowling balls to racing suits and trophies. Petty, an avid bowler, has loaned several items including an outfit and belt buckles.

“Like racing, bowling is a slice of Americana and this exhibit really shows the connection between the two,” said Petty. “Bowling has always been a favorite pastime for my family and I’m proud to be able to be a part of this display.”

Gregg Williams, director of development for the museum, said, “Throughout the year, our museum hosts guests from all around the world. With the NASCAR exhibit, we are now able to showcase a broader view of bowling that shows the mass appeal of the game.”

The ties between racing and bowling date back to the 1990s, when NASCAR bowling leagues were launched and were immediate hits at bowling centers across the country. Since then, the bowling industry has increased its involvement in racing from sponsoring races to engaging with drivers and teams.

Today, Go Bowling, the consumer-facing brand of bowling, and its supporting organizations – Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America and Strike Ten Entertainment – are proud sponsors of the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. In addition, Go Bowling is also a partner with Richard Petty Motorsports and sponsor of its driver Brian Scott and the No. 44 Team.

Located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame collects, preserves and researches bowling’s history, provides a suitable home for bowling’s major halls of fame, and makes the museum’s information and collection available to interested parties globally for education, promotion and entertainment.

The museum is open on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.50 for adults, and $7.50 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children ages 4-18. Children 3 and under are free.

More information can be found at www.bowlingmuseum.com.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.