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Mailing Address:
5555 Concord Pkwy. South
Concord, NC 28027

Phone: (704) 455-3200, (704) 455-3204
Phone for tickets: 800-455-FANS

Track Specs:
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
Grandstand Seating: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]

Sponsor Status
Coca-Cola thru 2015 for the May 600 mile race
Bank of America thru 2015 for the October 500 mile race

Track Websites & Social Media:
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Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
YouTube - CLTMotorSpdwy
U.S. Legend Cars
Cabarrus County Destination Guide
Track Stats -

Race Title Sponsors:
May - Coca Cola 600
October - Bank of America 500

Was Lowes Motor Speedway from 2000 to 2009

Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
by Greg Fielden

    Track Records & Stats

  • 2014 May Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 145.484mph, started 1st

  • 2014 October Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 145.346mph, started 7th

  • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Kasey Kahne, May 2012, 155.687mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th

  • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/1985

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/1994

  • 2014 May Pole Winner: #48-Jimmy Johnson, 194.911mph, finished 1st

  • 2014 October Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 197.390mph, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, Oct 2014, 198.771mph, set in 2nd round of qualifying

  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph

  • 500 mile Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, Oct 2013, 194.308mph

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 2 months, 6 days, 10/10/1993

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bobby Allison, 49 years, 10 months, 8 days, 10/11/1987

  • Most Wins: 7 - Jimmie Johnson; 6 - Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison; 5 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 14 - David Pearson; Current driver: 9 - Ryan Newman & Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Bobby Allison, Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 31 - Richard Petty

  • Most Laps Led [500 mile race]: 328, Ernie Irvan, 10/10/1993

  • Most Laps Led [600 mile race]: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/1967

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/1967

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Kevin Harvick, 5/29/2011

  • Most Leaders: 21, 5/29/2005

  • Most Lead Changes: 59 - 5/27/1979

  • Fewest Leaders: 3, 5/21/1961

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - 5/21/1961

  • Most Cautions: 22, 5/29/2005

  • Most Caution Laps: 113, 5/25/1980

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 5/21/1961

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 5/21/1961

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 25, 10/15/2005

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 26, 5/25/2009 [227 of 400 laps completed]

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/2003, 10/17/2009 & 10/11/2014

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 [of 43], 5/25/2009 [227 of 400 laps completed]

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 5/21/1961

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 43 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 15

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 17
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 10
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 63 of 112
  • Races won from the top 10: 85 of 112

  • Back to Back winners of the Coca-Cola 600:
    Jimmie Johnson (3 in a row), 2003-2005
    Jeff Gordon, 1997-1998
    Dale Earnhardt, 1992-1993
    Darrell Waltrip, 1988-1989
    Neil Bonnett, 1982-1983
    Darrell Waltrip, 1978-1979
    Buddy Baker, 1972-1973

  • Winners of both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600:
    2010-Kurt Busch - 11th in the Sprint Cup Championship
    2008-Kasey Kahne - 15th in the Sprint Cup Championship
    2003-Jimmie Johnson - 2nd in the Sprint Cup Championship
    1997-Jeff Gordon - won the Sprint Cup Championship
    1993-Dale Earnhardt - won the Sprint Cup Championship
    1991-Davey Allison - came in 3rd in Drivers points
    1985-Darrell Waltrip - won the Cup Championship [first year of all-star race]

  • Winners of the Coca-Cola 600, All-Star Race and Fall 500 Race in same season:

  • Triple at Charlotte? Never done:
    No driver has won the Coca-Cola 600, All-Star race & the fall race at Charlotte:
    2010-Kurt Busch - finished 30th
    2008-Kasey Kahne - 2nd
    2003-Jimmie Johnson - 3rd
    1997-Jeff Gordon - 5th
    1993-Dale Earnhardt - 3rd
    1991-Davey Allison - 2nd
    1985-Darrell Waltrip - 4th

  • Drivers who led at 500-mile mark, and won the Coca-Cola 600:
    1996-Dale Jarrett
    2004-Jimmie Johnson
    2008-Kasey Kahne
    2010-Kurt Busch
    2012-Kasey Kahne

  • Most laps led in 600-mile race win at Charlotte (modern era)
    " Jimmie Johnson, 2004 -- 334
    " Richard Petty, 1977 -- 311
    " Rusty Wallace, 1990 -- 306
    " Davey Allison, 1991 -- 263
    " Kurt Busch, 2010 -- 252

Track News and Announcements

  • ZZ Top to perform pre-race concert at Charlotte: ZZ Top, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, will bring their iconic tunes, trademark beards and dark sunglasses to Charlotte Motor Speedway for what promises to be an energetic pre-race concert to get fans revved up before the green flag falls on the Coca-Cola 600, Sunday, May 24. The concert was announced by Coca-Cola Racing Family driver Danica Patrick and Marcus Smith, president and general manager at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Tuesday. Patrick, who said she grew up listening to ZZ Top, drove the "Little Ol' Band From Texas" into a press event in a vintage Chevrolet Bel Air as the band's classic "Sharp Dressed Man" played. Comprised of the same three members who formed the band in 1969 - Billy F. Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass) and Frank Beard (drums) - ZZ Top will perform a 45-minute set in the infield of the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway just hours before NASCAR's best are scheduled to take the track for the ultimate test of man and machine. The concert is free for all Coca-Cola 600 race ticket holders. (CMS)(4-8-2015)

  • Teams testing this week at Charlotte UPDATES: Four teams are scheduled to take part in a Goodyear tire test test Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Those teams are Hendrick Motorsports (#5-Kasey Kahne), Furniture Row Racing (#78-Martin Truex Jr.), Richard Petty Motorsports (#43-Aric Almirola) and BK Racing (#23-JJ Yeley). Tuesday's session is closed to the public. There will be an open test Wednesday at the track. Charlotte Motor Speedway officials state that teams expected to test that day include Kahne, Truex, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray and about half a dozen other teams. Wednesday's session is open to the public. Gates open at 9:00am. Testing is scheduled to run from 9:00am-12:00pm and from 1:00-5:00pm/et. The next scheduled test is April 7-8 at Richmond International Raceway. Four teams will test there. Each will have one car. Those teams testing will be Stewart-Haas Racing, JTG Daugherty, Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing. That begins a busy test period. Tire tests are scheduled April 13-15 at Kentucky Speedway and April 27-29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(NBC Sports)(3-10-2015
    UPDATE: There are 11 drivers (and teams) scheduled to drive in the Charlotte test [Wednesday]: #11-Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing), #43-Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports), #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing), #4-Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing), #22-Joey Logano (Team Penske), #5-Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports), #1-Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing), #78-Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing), #15-Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing), Brian Scott (Richard Childress Racing), #95-Michael McDowell (Leavine Family Racing)(NBC Sports)(3-11-2015)
    UPDATE 2: More than one dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams spent Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, validating information gleaned from simulation programs while testing on a track and a tire that they will see approximately two months from now. The open test, part of NASCAR National Series Unified Testing Program for 2015, provides one team from each Sprint Cup organization the opportunity to participate. It is the second open test conducted this season, following NASCAR's elimination of private team testing at the conclusion of 2014.
    "Just being able to try things and look at the data acquisition and see exactly what it did," Keith Rodden, crew chief for Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne said of the advantages of the test. "Because on a race weekend we don't get to run those sensors so you always have some questions. When I run tests, I try to make big changes, I don't try to 'Happy Hour' it and try to run fast. I don't really care what (speeds) we're running today ... we're trying to make big picture changes, do things to the car to make it act differently. Being able to look at that data that comes right off the car when we come in is really valuable.
    Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR's Vice President for Innovation and Racing Development, said such open team tests were helpful to the sanctioning body, but primarily for the teams' benefit. Three elements, he said, stand out. Unlike previous tests conducted prior to the '15 testing program, teams did not test at tracks where Sprint Cup races were held, and they tested on tires that likely wouldn't be used. That combination limited the amount of knowledge that could be gained. Stefanyshyn also said such tests are able to be conducted in a more cost-efficient manner for teams "and we provide them with a higher level of service as they do all this."(

  • NASCAR Test Fest to Rev Up Fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday: Fans will have the chance to see some of NASCAR's biggest names take to the track Wednesday, March 11, as well as get special ticket offers and an autograph from NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson as part of NASCAR Test Fest at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Grandstand admission is free for fans to watch more than a dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams participate in this crucial one-day open test at the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway. Teams will be trying different set-ups to prepare for the 10 Days of Thunder May race events including the May 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the May 24 Coca-Cola 600.
    Among the drivers expected to participate in the on-track test session are 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #4-Kevin Harvick, current Daytona 500 champion #22-Joey Logano, 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner #1-Jamie McMurray, 2012 Coca-Cola 600 winner #5-Kasey Kahne and more. The driver lineup is subject to change. In addition to watching the test, fans will be able to get an autograph from Johnson from 11:00am/et to 12:00noon/et and try their luck with spin-to-win, one-day ticket offers in the ticket office, including big discounts on camping and half-price Hisense 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race tickets.
    While at the track, families can also enjoy interactive games at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Van and appearances by Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot, as well as test drive the members-only Speedway Club for lunch. Testing will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm/et, with a break for lunch at noon. The frontstretch grandstands will open at 9:00am for the public to enjoy the test session. Fans should enter through gate 5A, by the main ticket office. For ticket information for the 10 Days of Thunder in May, contact the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit

  • Nationwide Extends Partnership With Speedway Motorsports: Nationwide is continuing its long-time relationship with Speedway Motorsports, renewing its status as the official insurance company of Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway through 2017. In addition to its partnership with Charlotte and Bristol Motor Speedways, Nationwide will feature at-track infield hospitality for their business partners at four SMI NASCAR event weekends throughout the 2015 race season. The new Nationwide mobile hospitality unit will be activated at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 6-8, Charlotte Motor Speedway May 15-24, Kentucky Speedway July 9-11 and Bristol Motor Speedway August 19-22.(SMI)(3-8-2015)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway's jet dryers helps teams get to Daytona: With inclement weather threatening the Charlotte area and many NASCAR teams trying to reach the Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway pitched in to ensure smoother travel southward. The track sent three jet dryers down the road to Concord Regional Airport, helping dry the runways covered by snow and sleet over the past 18 hours. More than a dozen flights transporting 700 members of the NASCAR industry were scheduled to head to the Daytona Beach, FL, area over the next two days. Charlotte Motor Speedway president Marcus Smith dispatched the jet dryers through his track's operations staff after a NASCAR team called Tuesday morning with concern about the icy conditions.(NBC Sports)(2-17-2015)

  • Marcus Smith now CEO of SMI: The board of directors for Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has named O. Bruton Smith as executive chairman and Marcus G. Smith as chief executive officer in a realignment of executive officers, the board announced Wednesday. O. Bruton Smith, who has served as chairman and chief executive officer since Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s initial public offering in 1995, will report directly to the board of directors, working closely with the board and the chief executive officer to engage in the overall leadership and strategic direction of the company, guide senior management, coordinate activities of the board and communicate with the company's key stakeholders. In an expanded role, Marcus G. Smith, who has served as Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s president and chief operating officer since 2008, will work closely with the executive chairman to manage day-to-day operations of the company, provide overall leadership and strategic direction and communicate with key stakeholders. Smith will maintain his roles and titles of president of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, positions he has held since 2008. The realignment, approved Wednesday by the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. board of directors, is effective immediately.(Speedway Motorsports)(2-12-2015)

  • Fan hit by cable at Coca-Cola 600 sues Fox Sports, CMS: A fan who says he was injured when an overhead camera cable snapped and whipsawed in the grandstand during the 2013 Coca-Cola 600 has filed suit against Fox Sports and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Patrick Carpenter filed suit last week in civil court in Randolph County saying he was injured and scarred on his right arm and shoulder after the synthetic cable fell and was then snagged by passing race cars on the track. Patrick said he suffered permanent impairment of his right arm. Fox and the speedway declined to comment on the suit. Carpenter, represented by Michael Lewis and D. Stuart Punger of Winston-Salem, said in the suit that Fox and the speedway were negligent in not better inspecting and protecting spectators from the overhead cable and camera rig, called a CamCat. Carpenter was seated in the grandstand near Turn 4 when the accident occurred on Lap 121 of the May 26, 2013, race. About 10 people were treated after the accident. Carpenter is the first to file a suit. Fox suspended use of the camera rig at Sprint races and conducted an investigation into what occurred, although the remains of the cable were in poor condition after they were ensnared by 19 cars. Results of the investigation are not being made public because of litigation, said Fox spokesman Lou D'Ermilio. Carpenter's suit seeks more than $10,000 in damages.(Charlotte Observer)(2-3-2015)

  • Motorsports Media to Descend Upon Charlotte starting Monday: More than 240 motorsports journalists will gather for the most prestigious preseason media event in sports, the 33rd annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom. Running Jan. 26-29, the tour offers credentialed media four full days of unrivaled access to announcements from NASCAR executives, drivers, team owners and speedway operators. "This four-day event provides media outlets across the country and around the world with newsworthy content as fans gear up for the 2015 NASCAR season," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It's always interesting to see new faces in new places and I'm always as excited as our fans to hear what the drivers and owners have to say about the upcoming NASCAR season. Our sport has a lot of momentum from 2014 as we roll into a new year."
    During the tour, credentialed media from across the United States, and as far away as Germany, will preview the 2015 racing season. The Associated Press, FOX Sports, NBC Sports, Sirius XM, Performance Racing Network, Motor Racing Network, Reuters Newswire, The New York Times, The Sporting News and USA Today are among the major outlets that will be represented on the tour.
    Participating media will get the latest news from NASCAR teams such as Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Joe Gibbs Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Leavine Family Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Team Penske, Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, HScott Motorsports and Wood Brothers Racing. The media contingent will also visit Charlotte Motor Speedway, the new Ford Tech Center and the Mint Museum in Charlotte for special programs.
    Daily updates, including video and photo galleries will be available at, on Facebook at and via Twitter at
    AND The schedule:
    Monday, Jan. 26
    1:30 pm/et: State of the Sport with NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France
    4:00 pm/et: Joe Gibbs Racing
    Tuesday, Jan. 27
    9:00 am/et: Michael Waltrip Racing
    11:00 am/et: JTG Daugherty Racing and HScott Motorsports
    1:00 pm/et: Stewart-Haas Racing
    3:15 pm/et: NBC Sports
    Wednesday, Jan. 28
    9:00 am/et: Roush Fenway Racing
    11:00 am/et: Richard Petty Motorsports
    1:30 pm/et: Wood Brothers Racing and Leavine Family Racing
    3:15 pm/et: Team Penske
    Thursday, Jan. 29
    9:00 am/et: Furniture Row Racing
    10:30 am/et: Richard Childress Racing
    1:00 pm/et: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
    3:00 pm/et: Hendrick Motorsports
    (fans can watch team presentations live at

  • NC Supreme Court declines Bruton Smith's incentives appeal: Bruton Smith's $80 million legal fight against Cabarrus County may have run out of track. In a change of heart, the N.C. Supreme Court has declined to rule on the racing magnate's lawsuit that Cabarrus taxpayers owe him tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks for his racing complex in Concord. That decision marks Smith's third defeat in as many court trips dating back to 2012. The high court's ruling on Dec. 19, however, marks a bit of a reversal: The justices first agreed to hear Smith's challenge of a 2013 ruling by the state Court of Appeals to throw out Smith's suit. But after hearing arguments from both sides in September, the Supreme Court members changed their minds. That means the earlier court decision to throw out Smith's claims stands. The dispute arose in 2007 when Smith, one of racing's most powerful and controversial figures, announced plans to build a drag strip near his Charlotte Motor Speedway. The city of Concord objected, and Smith responded by threatening to move the speedway - and its $420 million annual impact on the local economy - and build the drag way elsewhere. Eventually, Cabarrus leaders wrote Smith a letter, committing to $80 million in tax breaks, grants and other public money to pay for speedway improvements. According to court documents, Smith called Mayor Bob Padgett that day and told him: "We have an agreement." It didn't hold up. Preliminary discussions focused on a combination of state, county and city money to pay for such infrastructure improvements as roads and noise control. Smith's drag strip opened in August 2008. The next day, the governments sent over a proposed contract that would have given them up to 40 years to make good on their $80 million pledge. Smith would have been required to complete $200 million of promised speedway improvements within three years. Smith and the speedway sued. The city settled with Smith for $2.8 million, but the track owner's fight with the county continued on through the state's top three courts. Smith's complaint accused the county of breach of contract and fraud, among other claims, while arguing that the 2007 letter from the local governments served as "a valid and enforceable contract."(Charlotte Observer)(12-25-2014)

  • Motorsports facilities get tax break: Track operators got the tax break they've been waiting for all year when the U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a tax extenders package for the remainder of 2014. Included in the extensive list of tax breaks to be continued was a provision that allows motorsports facilities to depreciate new construction over seven years instead of the life of the project, which typically is 25 years or more. The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the provision will result in an $11 million tax break for motorsports facilities in 2015, a total $32 million from 2015 to 2019 and $33 million from 2015 to 2024. It was part of an estimated $41.6 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years that were approved by the House of Representatives 378-46 earlier this month and then by the Senate 76-16 (60 votes need for passage) on Tuesday. All that awaits now is the expected signature of President Barack Obama. The provision is similar to those granted to amusement parks, and track operators felt that the same break should apply to their facilities. After arguing the issue with the Internal Revenue Service, the issue became moot when Congress, as part of the Jobs Creation Act of 2004, granted the seven-year depreciation provision for new motorsports construction. The provision covers all motorsports facilities, not just NASCAR facilities.(Sporting News)(12-18-2014)

  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(, see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
    UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
    At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
    In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
    With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
    Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)

  • SCC Distributes More Than $400,000 to 64 Charities in Charlotte Region: Christmas time is here and the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) spent Monday afternoon (Dec 1st) spreading holiday cheer to 64 nonprofits in the Charlotte region, distributing more than $400,000 in grants during a special presentation at Charlotte Motor Speedway. More than 350 children and adults representing the benefiting charities joined SCC officials in the infield Christmas Village, meeting Santa Claus, playing games and enjoying holiday treats before the grants were presented. The 2014 grants totaled $407,000, enough to assist more than 47,000 Charlotte-area children in educational, financial, social and medical need. Since its inception, the Charlotte Chapter has distributed more than $10 million.
    "This is a special time of year for us. We get into Christmas and one of the things that we look forward to every year is having all of the children and charities out here to celebrate the year and to give away some contributions that the folks at Speedway Children's Charities have been able to raise throughout the year," said Marcus Smith, president of Speedway Children's Charities and Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I'm really pleased to say that we were able to give away more than $400,000 to organizations. It wouldn't even be possible without a lot of help from our board of trustees and all of our volunteers; the groups that are out there every single day, doing the work." During 2014, funds were raised through an annual black-tie gala hosted in May, donations from fan assistance golf cart rides during events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, online auctions and more. The Charlotte Chapter of SCC is one of eight that are located at each of the Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) tracks. In 2014, the eight chapters raised more than $2 million nationally to help children in need. Since its inception in 1982, SCC has awarded more than $43 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.(CMS)(12-8-2014)

  • Michael Gibson Named CMS's Employee of the Year: Michael Gibson has been named Charlotte Motor Speedway's 2014 Employee of the Year. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty in executing his or her responsibilities. The winner is determined by a vote of the speedway's executive committee and is selected from Employee of the Month award recipients presented throughout the previous 12 months and voted on by their peers. After attending University of North Carolina of Charlotte, Gibson joined the speedway family in July 2005. He was hired on as lead plumber in the speedway's Operations department, but has not limited himself to that role. From helping to construct various projects around the track to earning the name "the snake wrangler," Gibson is always willing to lend a hand. As this year's Employee of the Year, Gibson received a trip to Las Vegas for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Dec. 5, among other perks.(CMS)(12-5-2014)

  • Goodyear tire test set for Charlotte: The official start of the 2015 NASCAR season is more than two months away, but four Sprint Cup Series teams will be back on the track next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Goodyear officials have scheduled a tire test for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9-10 at the 1.5-mile speedway, with representatives from each of the three auto manufacturers scheduled to participate. The test is not open to public. Slated to take part in the test are drivers #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #9-Sam Hornish Jr., and #19-Carl Edwards. One of three entries from Richard Childress Racing will participate as well although RCR officials declined to confirm which team would be involved. The organization fields Chevy teams for drivers Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman. It will be the first official on-track effort for Edwards since the 35-year-old departed Roush Fenway Racing to join JGR as well as the first for Hornish with RPM.(

  • Speedway Motorsports drives higher profit, revenue in Q3: Speedway Motorsports on Wednesday posted net income of $15 million, or 36 cents per diluted share, for the third quarter, rising from the $12.3 million, or 30 cents per share, in net income a year earlier. Revenue totaled $139.8 million in the latest period, up from $137.5 million during the comparable period last year. "These third quarter results are within our expectations and reflect continuing increases in track rentals, strong profitability from certain non-motorsports events and activities, and higher luxury suite revenues on a year-over-year comparable event basis," Marcus Smith, chief operating officer and president of the Concord-based racetrack operator, said in the company's earnings release. "We believe corporate spending trends are stabilizing, with increasing interest in our promotional activities and facilities."(full story at Charlotte Business Journal)(10-31-2014)

  • NC Supreme Court hears CMS lawsuit suit: Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports get one more crack at convincing North Carolina judges it should be allowed to sue Cabarrus County over $80 million in tax breaks. A lower state court last year rejected the position of Speedway Motorsports Inc. A three-judge state Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously in October 2013 that there was never a binding contract for the money to help build a new drag strip and make [Charlotte Motor] speedway upgrades. The N.C. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about whether the lawsuit was dismissed improperly, as Speedway Motorsports claims. Smith had threatened in 2007 to move the speedway if he didn't get the tax breaks.(see full story at the Independent Tribune)(9-9-2014)

  • In the Charlotte, NC for the races? some cool places to check out that Jayski has been to an enjoyed since moving to the Charlotte area in January 2004:
    Memory Lane Museum on Hwy 150 W in Mooresville, NC,
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Lakeside Park, Mooresville
    And a must is the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, checked it out in July 2010 and it is really cool
    SOME EATs: Lancaster's Bar-B=Que is a large place with a lot of NASCAR stuff all over the walls, also I enjoyed: Jeffrey's. In Huntersville check out Mickey & Mooches for great steaks and the huge chocolate cake
    TEAM SHOPS: and to check out some team shops, see my Team Address page, on that page there are a few links for Race Shop Tours [click here].
    Or drive up I-85 and head to [Richard] Childress Vineyards.
    in Concord, check out the racing stuff at Quaker Steak and Lube for some great wings and food
    and check out the Sam Bass Gallery, right near Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    (this is not an ad and not looking for suggestions, just some things to helps folks in town)
    ALSO: see my Racing Charities page and Driver Appearances page for driver appearances and more thing going on in the area.

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