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Home of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals and the NHRA Carolina Nationals 

PO Box 500, Concord, NC 28026

5555 Concord Parkway South, Harrisburg, NC 28027

(704) 455-3200, (704) 455-2547, fax

Scott Cooper, vice president of communications, (704) 455-3209, [email protected]

Jonathan Coleman, communications manager, (704) 455-4361, [email protected]

Directions: Charlotte Motor Speedway is located on Hwy 29 off I-85 at exit 49 (Speedway Blvd.) in the Concord, N.C. area.


P.O. Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308
600 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
 (704) 358-5000, (704) 358-5110, fax
[email protected]
Mike Persinger, sports executive editor, (704) 358-5132, [email protected]
Harry Pickett, deputy sports editor, (704) 358-5127, [email protected]
David Scott, sports writer, (704) 358-5889, [email protected]
Bill Kiser, motorsports writer, [email protected]
Scott Fowler, sports columnist, [email protected]

P.O. Box 608, Concord, NC 28026-0608
363 Church St. N Ste. 140, Concord, NC 28025
(704) 782-3155, main, (704) 786-0645, fax
C. Jermal Horton, sports editor, 704-789-9147, [email protected]

458 Whitfield St., Fayetteville, NC 28306-1698
(910) 323-4848, main, (910) 486-3545, fax
Thomas Pope, sports editor, [email protected]
Stephen Schramm sports writer, [email protected]
Bret Strelow sports writer, [email protected]

P.O. Box 1538, Gastonia, NC 28053-1538
1893 Remount Road, Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 869-1700, (704) 867-5751, fax, (704) 869-1841, sports
Jack Flagler, sports editor, (704) 869-1843, [email protected]

P.O. Box 968, Hickory, NC 28603-0968
1100 11th Avenue Blvd. SE, Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 322-4510, (828) 324-8179, fax
Chris Hobbs, sports editor, (828) 322-4510, ext. 5450 [email protected]
[email protected]

P.O. Box 3159, Winston Salem, NC  27102
418 N. Marshall St., Winston Salem, NC 27101
(336) 727-7310, sports, (336) 727-4083, fax
Phil Hrichak, sports editor, (336) 727-4080 [email protected]
J. Tommy Bowman, auto racing reporter, 336-727-7320, [email protected]     Scott Hamilton, sports reporter, [email protected]
Adam Houston assistant sports editor [email protected]
Dan Collins reporter, [email protected]

213 Woodbine Street, High Point, NC 27260
(336) 888-3526, sports
Mark McKinny, sports editor, (336) 888-3526, [email protected]
Greer Smith, sports reporter, [email protected]

P.O. Box 1071, Statesville, NC  28687-1071
222 E. Broad St., Statesville, NC 28677
(704) 873-1451, (704) 872-3150, Fax
Brian Meadows, sports reporter, [email protected]
Brad Norman, sports reporter, [email protected]
[email protected]

P.O. Box 2090, Asheville, NC 28802
14 O. Henry Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-5611, (828) 251-0585, fax
Bob Berghaus, sports editor, (828) 232-5866, [email protected]
Andrew Pearson, sports writer, 828-232-5863, [email protected]
Keith Jarrett, sports reporter, 828-232-5867, [email protected]

P.O. Box 191, Raleigh, NC  27602
215 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 829-4500, (919) 829-4560, (919) 829-4888, fax
Steve Ruinsky, sports editor, [email protected]
Jessica Giglio assistant sports editor, [email protected]
Luke DeCock, columnist, [email protected]

P.O. Box 20848, Greensboro, NC  27420
200 E. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 373-7000, (336) 373-7062, (336) 373-7067, fax
Eddie Wooten, sports editor, (336) 373-7093, [email protected]
Ed Hardin, sports reporter, (336) 373-7069, [email protected]
Joe Sirera, assistant sports editor, (336) 373-7034, [email protected]

P.O. Box 5040, Monroe, NC 28111
500 W. Jefferson St., Monroe, NC 28112
Sports Dept., [email protected], (704)289-1541
Justin Murdock, sports reporter, (704)289-2224, [email protected]
Jerry Snow, sports editor, (704)261-2225, [email protected]

P.O. Box 1333, Columbia, SC  29202
1401 Shop Rd., Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 771-6161, (803) 771-8470, sports, (803) 771-8613, fax
Rick Millians, sports executive editor, [email protected]
Craig McHugh, deputy sports editor, [email protected]
Neil White, sports reporter, (803) 771-8643, [email protected]

Meredith Sheffer, assistant sports editor, [email protected]

David Cloninger, sports reporter, [email protected]

Matt Connolly sports reporter, [email protected]

Benjamin Breiner, sports reporter, [email protected]

Josh Kendall, sports reporter, [email protected]


1 Julian Price Pl, Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 374-3500, (704) 374-3711, sports, (704) 374-3671, fax
Delano Little, sports director, (704)374-3711, [email protected]
Nate Wimberly, [email protected]
Ashley Stroehlein, sports reporter, [email protected]

1 Television Pl, Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 372-1800
Brandon Davidow, sports anchor, [email protected]
Kelli Bartik, sports anchor, [email protected]
Jeff Zell, sports anchor, [email protected]

1001 Woodridge Center Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 329-3636, 704-329-3600, news, (704) 357-4975, fax
Russ Owens, sports anchor, [email protected]

P.O. Box 34665, Charlotte, NC  28234
1901 N. Tryon St.,  Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 338-9999, 704-335-4871, news, (704) 335-4736, fax, [email protected]
Phil Orban, sports director, [email protected]

P.O. Box TV 2, Greensboro, NC 27420
1615 Phillips Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405
(336) 379-9369, (336) 273-9433, fax
Liz Crawford, sports anchor, [email protected]
Larry Audras, President and General Manager, [email protected]

HP-8, High Point, NC 27271
2005 Francis St., High Point, NC 27263
(336) 841-8888, (336) 841-6397, news, (336) 841-2288, fax
Danny Harnden, sports anchor, [email protected]
Kevin Connolly, sports anchor, [email protected]

P.O. Box 1059, Hickory, NC  28603
526 Main Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 322-5115, (828) 322-1290, office, (828) 322-8256, fax
Jason Savage, sports director, (828) 322-5115, ext.110, [email protected]
Jim Karas, news director, (828) 322-5115, ext. 111, [email protected]

P.O. Box 11847, Winston Salem, NC 27116-1847
700 Coliseum Dr., Winston Salem, NC 27106
(336)721-9944 , (336) 703-6200, news, (336) 721-0856, fax
Kenny Beck, sports director, (336) 703-6200, [email protected]
Brian Formica, sports director, (336) 721-9944, [email protected]
Chris Lea, weekend sports, (336) 721-9944, [email protected]

1205 Front St., Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 836-1717, (919) 835-6364, (919) 836-1747, fax
Penn Holderness, sports director, [email protected]
Charlie Norton, assignment desk, [email protected]
Andrea Parquet-Taylor, news director, [email protected]
[email protected]
Todd Gibson, sports reporter, [email protected]
Nikki Kay, sports reporter, [email protected]

P.O. Box 12000, Raleigh, NC 27605-2000
2619 Western Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 821-8555, (919) 821-8600, news, (919) 821-8566, fax
[email protected]
Brad Simmons, sports producer, [email protected]
Jared Fialko, sports reporter, [email protected]
Ken Medlin, sports reporter, [email protected]

411 Liberty St., Durham, NC 27701
(919) 899-3600, (919) 687-2218, news, (919) 687-4373, fax
319 Fayetteville Street, Suite 107, Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 683-1111
Mark Armstrong, sports director, [email protected]
Joe Mazur, sports anchor, [email protected]
Ngozi Ekeledo, sports multimedia journalist, [email protected]


WFNA-AM/WFNZ-AM 610 (Sports)
1520 South Blvd., Ste 300, Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 319-9369, (704) 319-3934, fax
Brittney Cason, sports anchor, (704)319-9369  
DJ Scout, program director, (704) 319.3923, [email protected]
Morning Show, [email protected]
Primetime Show, [email protected]

WBT-AM 1110 (CNN)
1 Julian Price Pl, Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 374-3500, (704) 374-3889, fax
Jim Szoke, sports director, [email protected]
Brett McMillan, sports reporter, [email protected]
Sharon Thorsland, sports reporter, [email protected]

526 Main Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 322-1290, (828) 322-8256, fax
Jason Savage, sports director, (704) 374.3500, [email protected]

875 W. 5th St., Winston Salem, NC 27101
(336) 885-2191, (336) 777-3915, fax
Matt Clark, operations manager, [email protected]
Kim Seltef, station manager, [email protected]

1117 Radio Rd., Statesville, NC 28677
(704) 872-6345, (704) 873-6921, fax
Chris Hoke, news director, [email protected]
Tim Sherrill, program director, ext. 246, [email protected]
Kena Cooper, executive producer, ext. 224, [email protected]
Bob Barber, host/producer, (704)872-6345 

1190 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 259-9695, (828) 253-5619, fax
Bill McClement, program director, [email protected]
Neal Sharpe, operations manager, [email protected]

WCMC-FM 99.9 (Sports News Network)
3100 Highwoods Blvd. Ste. 140, Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 890-6299, (919) 890-6199, fax
Dennis Glasgow, program director, (919) 890-6305, [email protected]
Luanna Lane, promotions director, [email protected]
Adam Gold, on air personality, [email protected]

WDNC-AM 620 (ABC, Sports News Network)
3100 Highwoods Blvd. Ste. 140, Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 890-6299, (919) 890-6101, (919)890-6146, fax
Brian Maloney, general manager, (919) 890-6302, [email protected]
Dennis Glasgow, program director, (919) 890-6305, [email protected]
Mike Maniscalco, on-air personality, [email protected]


zMAX Dragway to Welcome Limited Fans For NGK NTK NHRA 4-Wide Nationals May 14-16

After a 579-day hiatus amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NHRA’s 11,000-horsepower, nitro burning machines will once again roar to life at the Bellagio of drag strips when the NGK NTK NHRA 4-Wide Nationals return to zMAX Dragway May 14-16. In accordance with state and local restrictions, seating capacity will be limited and new safety protocols will be in place to ensure the safety and well-being of fans, drivers, teams and staff in attendance.

“Hosting marquee events is what we do; it’s in our DNA and we are tremendously excited to be able to get back to that in 2021, starting with the NGK NTK NHRA 4-Wide Nationals,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter. “Every time the drivers step on the throttle at our four-wide events, it’s something unique, but given what fans have endured over the past 12 months, this year’s event promises to be extra special as we take another important step back toward ‘normal’.”


Race weekend fan protocols will include health screenings for fans, contactless ticketing, socially distanced grandstand seating and cashless souvenir and concession purchases. Fans and staff will also be required to wear approved face coverings at all times, except while actively eating and drinking. Limited grandstand seating will be in groups of up to six people properly socially distant from any other group. There will be no access to trackside viewing along the fence at the front of the grandstands.

zMAX Dragway's modified race day protocols also include: social distancing in concession and bathroom lines; enhanced cleaning and sanitation in high-touch, high-traffic public areas; added hand-sanitizer stations; and limited guests in suites.

Fans will be allowed to bring food and unopened beverages in a soft-sided clear bag no larger than 14 inches on its longest side. Standard coolers will be prohibited to limit interpersonal contact at security checkpoints. To limit contact, cash will not be accepted. Credit/debit cards and Apple Pay will be the accepted forms of payment at concession and souvenir locations.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, only RV camping will be allowed during the weekend. No tent camping will be permitted. Camping arrival will begin on May 13, 2021. Additional information will be published to and sent directly to campers as event information is finalized.

“Through our successful efforts to bring NASCAR back to Charlotte Motor Speedway and with additional key learnings from several of our sister tracks, we feel confident, with the fans’ help, we can once again execute a safe race weekend and bring NHRA drag racing back in a big way,” Walter said.


Based on the limited capacity allowed by the state of North Carolina, limited tickets remain for the NGK NTK NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. Three-day adult ticket packages are just $99, with single-day tickets starting at only $20. Fans can purchase tickets at or by calling 800-455-FANS (3267). Kids 13 and under get in free.


Keep track of all of the latest news and information from zMAX Dragway by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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Charlotte Motor Speedway

Motorsport track in North Carolina, USA

"America's Home for Racing"
Charlotte Motor Speedway logo.svg
Satellite image
Location5555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC, 28027
Time zoneUTC−5 / −4 (DST)
Coordinates35°21′09″N80°40′57″W / 35.35250°N 80.68250°W / 35.35250; -80.68250Coordinates: 35°21′09″N80°40′57″W / 35.35250°N 80.68250°W / 35.35250; -80.68250
CapacityDepending on Configuration 94,000-171,000[1][2][3]
OwnerSpeedway Motorsports
OperatorSpeedway Motorsports
Broke ground1959
Construction cost$1.25 million
ArchitectBruton Smith and Curtis Turner
Former namesCharlotte Motor Speedway (1960–1998, 2010–present)
Lowe's Motor Speedway (1999–2009)
Major eventsNASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR Xfinity Series
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
World of Outlaws
Length1.500 mi (2.414 km)
BankingTurns: 24°
Race lap record0:24.490 (Tony Stewart, Team Menard, 1998, IndyCar)
Length2.280 mi (3.669 km)
BankingOval turns: 24°
Oval straights:
Race lap record1:22.144 (William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, 2019, NASCAR Cup)
Length2.400 mi (3.862 km)
Length0.250 mi (0.402 km)
Length0.400 mi (0.643 km)

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsport complex located in Concord, North Carolina, 13 mi (21 km) outside Charlotte. The complex features a 1.5 mi (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, and the Bank of America Roval 400. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports with Marcus G. Smith (son of Bruton) as track president.

The 2,000 acres (810 ha) complex also features a state-of-the-art quarter mile (0.40 km) drag racing strip, ZMAX Dragway. It is the only all-concrete, four-lane drag strip in the United States and hosts NHRA events. Alongside the drag strip is a state-of-the-art clay oval that hosts dirt racing including the World of Outlaws finals among other popular racing events.


Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built by Bruton Smith and partner and driver Curtis Turner in 1959. The first World 600NASCAR race was held at the 1.5 mi (2.4 km) speedway on June 19, 1960. On December 8, 1961, the speedway filed bankruptcy notice. Judge J. B. Craven of United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina reorganized it under Chapter 10 of the Bankruptcy Act; Judge Craven appointed Robert "Red" Robinson as the track's trustee until March 1962. At that point, a committee of major stockholders in the speedway was assembled, headed by A. C. Goines and furniture store owner Richard Howard. Goines, Howard and Robinson worked to secure loans and other monies to keep the speedway afloat.[4]

By April 1963 some $750,000 was paid to twenty secured creditors and the track emerged from bankruptcy; Judge Craven appointed Goines as speedway president and Howard as assistant general manager of the speedway, handling its day-to-day operations. By 1964 Howard become the track's general manager, and on June 1, 1967, the speedway's mortgage was paid in full; a public burning of the mortgage was held at the speedway two weeks later.[5]

Smith departed from the speedway in 1962 to pursue other business interests, primarily in banking and auto dealerships from his new home of Rockford, Illinois. He became quite successful and began buying out shares of stock in the speedway. By 1974 Smith was more heavily involved in the speedway, to where Richard Howard by 1975 stated, "I haven't been running the speedway. It's being run from Illinois."[6] In 1975 Smith had become the majority stockholder, regaining control of its day-to-day operations. Smith hired H. A. "Humpy" Wheeler as general manager in October 1975, and on January 29, 1976, Richard Howard resigned as president and GM of the speedway.

Together Smith and Wheeler began to implement plans for improvement and expansion of the speedway.[3]

Night racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway

In the following years, new grandstands and luxury suites were added along with modernized concessions and restrooms to increase the comfort for race fans. Smith Tower, a 135,000 square feet (12,500 m2), seven-story facility was built and connected to the grandstands in 1988. The tower houses the speedway corporate offices, ticket office, gift shop, leased offices and The Speedway Club, an exclusive dining and entertainment facility. The speedway became the first sports facility in America to offer year round living accommodations when 40 condominia were built overlooking turn 1 in 1984, twelve additional condominium units were later added in 1991.[3]

In 1992, Smith and Wheeler directed the installation of a $1.7 million, 1,200-fixture permanent lighting system around the track developed by Musco lighting. The track became the first modern superspeedway to host night racing, and was the largest lighted speedway until 1998 when lights were installed around the 2.5 miles (4.0 km) Daytona International Speedway. In 1994, Smith and Wheeler added a new $1 million, 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) garage area to the speedway's infield.[3]

In 1995, 26-year-old Russell Phillips was killed in one of the most gruesome crashes in auto racing history.

From 1997 to 1999 the track hosted the IndyCar Series. On lap 61 of the 1999 race, a crash led to a car losing a tire, which was then propelled into the grandstands by another car. Three spectators were killed and eight others were injured in the incident. The race was canceled shortly after, and the series has not returned to the track since. The incident, along with a similar incident in July 1998 in a Champ Car race at Michigan International Speedway, led to new rules requiring cars to have tethers attached to wheel hubs to prevent tires from breaking away in a crash. Also following the crash, the catch fencing at Charlotte and other SMI owned tracks was raised from 15 feet (4.6 m) high with 3 feet (0.91 m) overhangs to 21 feet (6.4 m) with 6 feet (1.8 m) overhangs to help prevent debris from entering the stands.[7]

In February 1999, Lowe's bought the naming rights to the speedway, making it the first race track in the country with a corporate sponsor. Lowe's chose not to renew its naming rights after the 2009 NASCAR season.[8] The track reverted to its original name, Charlotte Motor Speedway, in 2010.[9]

In 2005, the surface of the track had begun to wear since its last repaving in 1994.[further explanation needed] This resulted in track officials diamond-grinding the track, a process known as levigation, to smooth out bumps that had developed. The ground surface caused considerable tire-wear problems in both of the NASCAR races that year. Both races saw a high number of accidents as a result of tire failure due to the roughness of the surface. In 2006, the track was completely repaved.[10]

Charlotte Motor Speedway's high definition video screen in 2013.

Track president "Humpy" Wheeler retired following the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25, 2008, and was replaced by Marcus Smith.[11] At the end of 2008, the speedway reduced capacity by 25,000 citing reduced ticket sales. At the same time, the front stretch seats were upgraded from 18 inches (460 mm) fold down seats to 22 inches (560 mm) stadium style seats that were acquired from the recently demolished Charlotte Coliseum. On September 22, 2010, the speedway announced a partnership with Panasonic to install the world's largest high definition video board at the track.[12][13] The video board measures approximately 200 feet (61 m) wide by 80 feet (24 m) tall, containing over nine million LEDs and is situated between turns 2 and 3 along the track's backstretch. It has since been surpassed in size by the video board at Texas Motor Speedway.[14] The track demolished the Diamond Tower Terrace grandstand on the backstretch in 2014 to reduce the track's seating capacity to 89,000. Charlotte Motor Speedway reduced their seating capacity by 31% due to the continuing declining attendance.[15] This downfall of attendance has not only been felt at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but all throughout NASCAR, thus causing Daytona International Speedway to go through renovations, also reducing seating.[15][16]

Bridge collapse[edit]

On May 20, 2000, fans were crossing a pedestrian bridge from the track to a nearby parking lot after a NASCAR all-star race. An 80-foot (24 m) section of the walkway fell onto a highway in Concord.[17] In total, 107 fans were injured at Lowe's Motor Speedway when the bridge dropped 17 feet (5.2 m) to the ground.[18] Nearly 50 lawsuits against the speedway resulted from the incident, with many being settled out of court. Investigators have said the bridge builder, Tindall Corp., used an improper additive to help the concrete filler at the bridge's center cure faster. The additive contained calcium chloride, which corroded the structure's steel cables and led to the collapse.[17] The incident is considered one of the biggest disasters in NASCAR history.[18]


Quad oval[edit]

See also: List of NASCAR race tracks

The main quad oval is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long with turns banked at 24 degrees and the straightaways banked at 5 degrees. Currently, the configuration hosts the NASCAR Cup Series (NASCAR All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600), Xfinity Series (Alsco Uniforms 300), and Truck Series (North Carolina Education Lottery 200).

Short Oval[edit]

Inside the front stretch is a 0.25 miles (0.40 km) flat oval designed after Bowman-Gray Stadium. The 1/4-mile track previously hosted the NASCARWhelen Southern Modified Tour. Now it currently hosts the Summer Shootout Series and other events such as the Legends Million.

Road course[edit]

Contained within the main oval is a 2.28 miles (3.67 km) road course and a 0.6 miles (0.97 km) Kart course. The autumn races for both the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series take place on the road course, promoted as a "Roval". The final version was announced on January 22, 2018. The layout combines the 1.5-mile oval with the infield road-racing section over 17 turns.[19] In 2019, the Roval's backstretch chicane was redesigned, with an increase in width from 32 feet to 54 feet. The redesign requires heavier braking and a sharper entry, but allows better passing opportunities.[20]

zMAX Dragway[edit]

The zMAX Dragway is a state-of-the-art four-lane drag strip, located on 125 acres (51 ha) of speedway property across U.S. Highway 29 from the main superspeedway. It was built in 2008 involving a total of 1,876 workers and a combined 636,000 man hours. With 300 workers on site daily working an average 11-hour shift, a 13-month construction project turned into a 6-month one. At one point during construction, concern by nearby residents led Concord city council to rezone land the drag strip was being built on, preventing it from being built. Following the decision Smith threatened to close Charlotte Motor Speedway and build a track elsewhere in Metrolina.[21][22] When asked if he would go through with the threat Smith replied "I am deadly serious".[22] After a month of negotiations, the issue was settled and, instead of the speedway closing, Smith announced $200 million worth of improvements including road and highway improvements, as well as noise attenuation for the drag strip.[21] The drag strip officially opened on August 20, 2008, and a public open house was held a few days later. The first NHRA event was held September 11–14, 2008.[23]

The dragway features the first of two all-concrete, four-lane drag strips in the United States. (The track was the only four-lane track of its kind from 2008 until the spring of 2018, when renovations were completed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, converting its dragstrip into a four-lane configuration.) The starting line tower is 34,000 square feet (3,200 m2) and includes 16 luxury suites, race control areas and a press box. Two grandstands, one on either side of the strip, can hold a combined 30,000 spectators. Twenty-four luxury suites with hospitality accommodations are located above the main grandstand. Two tunnels run underneath the strip to enhance fan mobility between the two grandstands.[24]

The Dirt Track[edit]

The Dirt Track at Charlotte[25] is a 1,300 ft (400 m) clay oval located across Highway 29 from the quad-oval speedway. The stadium-style facility, built in 2000, has nearly 14,000 seats and plays host to Dirt Late Models, Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Monster Trucks and the prestigious World of Outlaws World Finals.[3] In 2013, the track hosted the Global Rallycross Round 8.



The 2018 Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the first race held on the road course configuration

Former races[edit]

  • American Le Mans Series
    • Grand Prix of Charlotte (2000)
  • American Flat Track
    • Don Tilley Memorial Charlotte Half-Mile (2015–2017)
  • ASA National Tour
  • Champ Truck World Series[26] (2015)
  • Fastrak Racing Series (2006–2010)
  • IMSA GT Championship (1971, 1974, 1982–1986)
  • INEX raceCeiver Legends Car Series/Bandoleros
  • IROC (1996–1997)
  • NASCAR Goody's Dash Series/IPOWER Dash Series (1975–1976, 1985–1988, 1997–2004)
  • Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (2005–2006)
  • Monster Energy AMA Supercross (1996–1998)
  • MXGP
  • Mystik Lubricant's Terracross Championship (2014)
  • NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
  • NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
  • NASCAR Sportsman Division (1989–1995)
  • NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
    • Southern Slam 150 (2010-2016, became a Whelen Modified Tour non-points event after the demise of the Southern Modified Tour)
  • National Dirt Racing Association
    • Crate Late Models (2010–2013)
    • Modz Series (2011)
  • Pirelli World Challenge (2000, 2007)
  • Red Bull Global Rallycross (2012–2014)
  • SCCAFormula Super Vee (1974, 1978–1982)
  • Stadium Super Trucks (2016)[27]
  • Super DIRTcar Series
  • TORC: The Off Road Championship
    • Showdown in Charlotte (2014, 2016)
  • USAC
  • Indy Racing League
  • World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Other events[edit]

The facility is considered one of the busiest sports venues in the country, typically with over 380 events a year. Along with many races, the speedway also hosts the Charlotte Auto Fair twice a year, one of the nation's largest car shows. Movies and commercials have been filmed at the speedway, notably Days of Thunder, and it is a popular tourist stop and car testing grounds.[3] The facility also hosts several driving schools year-round, such as Richard Petty Driving Experience, where visitors have the opportunity to experience the speedway from a unique point-of-view behind the wheel of a race car.[28]

The feature of the April 2005 Food Lion Auto Fair at the speedway was a popular sculpture exhibition, Jim Gary's Twentieth Century Dinosaurs. It is a menagerie of Garysauruses, all life-sized, and constructed of automobile parts. A special tent housed the heavily attended exhibition and a huge Gary sculpture, over forty feet long, was displayed at the entrance to the raceway during the entire fair. H. A. "Humpy" Wheeler and the speedway then sponsored the funding for the traveling sculpture exhibition to be featured by Belk College of Business on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where a self-guided tour of the campus-wide display was extended to the end of July.[29]

In 2006 the speedway hosted the world premiere of Pixar's 2006 film Cars.

American Idolseason twelve auditions took place at the speedway from October 2–3, 2012.[30]

Since 2013, the annual Carolina Rebellionhard rock and heavy metal festival concert on the first weekend in May has been held at the Rock City Campgrounds located at the speedway. Bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Deftones, Disturbed, ZZ Top, Halestorm, Sevendust, Anthrax. Five Finger Death Punch, and All That Remains have played at Carolina Rebellion. The event was extended to three-day format in 2016, with 80,000 in attendance.[31]


During the mid-1980s, there was a plan to build a football stadium on the frontstretch of the track with the goal of luring either an NFL or USFL team. The stadium would have held 76,000 and had temporary stands at both endzones and grandstand seating behind pitroad that could have been lowered on hydraulic lifts for races and cost $12 million. There were two interested parties in bringing a professional football franchise to Charlotte, businessman George Shinn and Smith. By 1984, Shinn was in the running for a USFL franchise for Charlotte that would have played in the proposed stadium. In mid-March 1985, Bruton Smith announced that Charlotte Motor Speedway was in the market for an NFL team. After Smith demanded that the city of Charlotte pay for the project the plan collapsed.[32] Shinn eventually landed the NBACharlotte Hornets and the NFL came to town in the form of the Carolina Panthers; however, the Panthers owner Jerry Richardson would go on to build his own stadium in Charlotte.

Track records[edit]

RecordYearDateDriverCar makeTimeSpeed/Average speed
NASCAR Cup Series
Qualifying2014October 9Kurt BuschChevrolet27.167198.771 mph (319.891 km/h)
Race (600 miles)2016May 29Martin Truex Jr.Toyota3:44:05160.655 mph (258.549 km/h)
Race (500 miles)1999October 10Jeff GordonChevrolet3:07:31160.306 mph (257.987 km/h)
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Qualifying2005October 11Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet28.763187.735 mph (302.130 km/h)
Race (300 miles)1996May 25Mark MartinFord1:55:23155.996 mph (251.051 km/h)
NASCAR Truck Series
Qualifying2014May 16Kyle BuschToyota29.384183.773 mph (295.754 km/h)
Race (200 miles)2016May 21Matt CraftonToyota1:25:01141.855 mph (228.293 km/h)
Indy Racing League
Qualifying1998July 24Tony StewartG-Force24.490220.498 mph (354.857 km/h)
Race (312 mi (502 km))1997July 26Buddy LazierDallara1:55:29.224162.096 mph (260.868 km/h)
Top Fuel 2019 Apr. 26 Mike Salinas Morgan Lucas Racing dragster 3.687 327.43 mph (526.95 km/h)
Funny Car 2017 Apr.28 Courtney ForceCamaro3.851 323.27 mph (520.25 km/h)
Mountain Motor Pro Stock 2019 Apr. 26 JR Carr Camaro6.240 225.79 mph (363.37 km/h)
Pro Stock Car2015Apr. 26Jason LineCamaro6.455214.48 mph (345.17 km/h)
Pro Stock Motorcycle2018Apr. 29Jerry SavoieSuzuki6.765195.73 mph (315.00 km/h)
Monster Truck[34]2012 Mar. 17 Randy Moore Aaron's Outdoor Monster Truck 96.80 miles per hour (155.78 km/h)

NOTE: The track records listed for Top Fuel and Funny Car are in the 1,000 foot (304.8 meter) increment.


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