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Racing hall of fame to show Daytona 500
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For the price of museum admission, race fans can spend Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and watch the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on the museum's big screen.

"We had a Daytona 500 party several years ago and it went off pretty good," said Gordon Pirkle, local racing historian and hall president.

Pirkle said there's no better place in Dawsonville to watch the race, especially if local legend Bill Elliott qualifies.

"We have Bill Elliott's Ford that set the track record at Daytona in '87, running 210 mph, and we have Gober Sosebee's car that broke the record on the beach in Daytona in '49," Pirkle said. "Gober's record will never be broken, and Bill's probably won't either because of restrictor plates they use now."

There will also be more than a dozen trophies won previously at Daytona by local drivers on display this weekend.

After the photo finish fans saw in the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, Pirkle said he's looking forward to race season.

"That was one of the most exciting races in a long time," he said.

The museum opens at noon, followed by the race at 1 p.m.

Carl Edwards is on the poll.

Museum admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for ages 7-13. Children 6 and younger are free.

Concessions will also be available to purchase throughout the event.