Lionel Racing: NASCAR Classics

There was a time when racers were tougher than the cars they drove. When drivers had scores to settle on the white-hot asphalt and sometimes beyond it. These pioneers raced to live and lived to race and it is their competitive spirit that has made NASCAR what it is today.

The NASCAR Classics die-cast line honors these motorsports heroes with historic die-cast cars that have never before been available to collectors. Spanning the era from the early 1940s to the late 1990s, NASCAR Classics die-cast are detailed, authentic, and they each capture an important moment from the sport’s storied past.

Lionel Racing introduced the first die-cast in this line in 2011. Each year, at least one of the NASCAR Classics cars makes it onto Lionel Racing’s annual best-sellers list.

NASCAR Classics are offered in 1:24 scale and also in 1:64 scale if that tool is available.

The first release in the NASCAR Classics die-cast line was Dale Earnhardt’s No. 96 Cardinal Tractor Ford Torino, which he raced for the first time in 1978 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was the first Ford Earnhardt ever raced and also the car he drove to his first top 10 in NASCAR’s premier series.