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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 2020 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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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

  • 2015 May Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 147.803mph, started 3rd

  • 2015 October Race Winner: #20-Joey Logano, 139.760mph, started 3rd

  • 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

  • 2015 May Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 194.252mph, finished 4th

  • 2015 October Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 194.532mph, finished 42nd

  • 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: Matt Kenseth, Oct 2014, 194.532mph

  • 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 (all-time): 23 - Bobby Allison, Richard Petty

  • Most Top 5s (active): 13 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Top 10s (all-time): 31 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s (active): 17 - Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth

  • 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 (500): 25, 10/15/2005

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap (600): 26, 5/25/2009 [227 of 400 laps completed]

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/2003, 10/17/2009, 10/11/2014, 5/24/2015

  • 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:
    Chevy, 43;
    Ford, 30;
    Dodge 15;
    Pontiac 8;
    Mercury 7;
    Buick 4;
    Plymouth 4;
    Toyota 3

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 15

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 17
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 15
  • 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: 65 of 114
  • Races won from the top 10: 87 of 114

  • 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

  • Logano wins at Charlotte: #22-Joey Logano won the rained delayed Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 1st win at Charlotte and 12th career win. Logano led 227 of the 334 laps.
    With the win Logano will automatically advance to the Eliminator round of The Chase.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 11th time in 2015 and 42nd runner-up finish in his career) followed by #78-Truex Jr., #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #19-Edwards, #3-Dillon, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski and #43-Almirola.
    The race was delayed a day after being rain pushed back the race from Saturday night.
    Pole sitter and Chase points leader going into the race, #20-Kenseth had troubles, making contact with #31-Newman and hitting the walla a few times before retiring the car on lap 236, finishing 42nd after leading 73 laps.
    There were 14 lead changes among 10 drivers and 9 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 139.760mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-11-2015)

  • Bank of America Surprises Army Veteran with Unforgettable NASCAR Experience: Leading up to this weekend's racing activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America unveiled today a special video of Rick Groesbeck, an Army veteran, who will wave the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 Chase playoff event. In the video, Groesbeck experiences the surprise of a lifetime when an ordinary visit to Hendrick Motorsports becomes a personally-guided shop tour from team owner Rick Hendrick. Afterwards, reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott takes Groesbeck out for a few hot laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and caps the day off by informing him that he'll be the honorary starter for Saturday's Bank of America 500. It's all part of Bank of America's longstanding support for service members and veterans. The company will continue this tradition by honoring members of the military throughout the race weekend.(Weber Shandwick on behalf of Bank of America)(10-9-2015)

  • Shannon Koch Wins 5th Annual Better Half Dash: Shannon Koch, wife of NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Blake Koch, won the fifth annual Better Half Dash, a charity event benefitting Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children's Charities. Koch led most of the race and won by only one second over Kaitlyn Sweet, girlfriend of Kyle Larson. Tandra Greenfield, Jordon Fish and Kristen Yeley finished third through fifth. Tati Papis, Ashley Stremme, Melanie Self, Jenna Robinson, Whitney Scott and Wendy Venturini rounded out the field. Koch started from the pole and survived a close call when Jenna Robinson drove on top of Koch's car and tore the rear body off. Koch retook the lead for good on lap seven of the 25-lap event.(CMS)(10-9-2015)

  • CMS to paint restart lines on track: Charlotte Motor Speedway will paint lines on the track to denote where the restart zone begins and ends for this weekend's Sprint Cup and Xfinity races, a track official confirmed to NASCAR Talk. NASCAR marks the restart zone with lines on the outside wall but fans can't see that. Putting the lines on the track also could help NASCAR officiate restarts. Restarts have been a key topic the past two months. NASCAR has placed a senior series official near the restart zone to better monitor restarts and expanded the zone in recent weeks. An issue, though, could be the paint on the track because it could create wheelspin if a driver started at the beginning of the zone.(NBC Sports)(10-8-2015)

  • CMS Honors Jeff Gordon's Career With Rare Collection of Automobiles at AutoFair: For more than two decades, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon has been one of the most famous and successful drivers in all forms of racing. The 2015 season marks the final full-time run for the pilot of the famous #24. To commemorate his stellar career, vehicles from his personal collection as well as racing machines from the most iconic moments in his career will grace the AutoFair Nationwide Showcase Pavilion at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sept. 24-27. CMS holds a lot of memories for Gordon, the most notable being his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600. Back then, he was driving the Dupont Rainbow Warrior paint scheme, which was seemingly retired in 2000. Last month, the Rainbow Warrior made its return to NASCAR. The special scheme, with Axalta on the hood, was driven by Gordon as a throwback at Bristol. Fans will have the chance to see that same Chevrolet SS on display during AutoFair. Another vehicle set to grace the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion is the famous Chassis No. 2429, raced in the 1997 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Many know this car as "T Rex" as it was sponsored by the movie "Jurassic Park." That night, Gordon and T-Rex dominated the race on the way to scoring the victory. The vehicles' on-track performance was so incredible that NASCAR officials rewrote the rule books to ensure it never raced again at a NASCAR-sanctioned event. In addition to these iconic vehicles, fans can catch a glimpse at some of Gordon's racing memorabilia, including his DuPont Rainbow uniform used in 1996 and his 1989 fire suit from his Sprint Car days on dirt. Gordon's 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z51, 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 1933 Ford Street Rod are three cars from his vast collection adding a personal touch to the exhibit. The AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 7,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. For more details, to purchase single-day tickets or four day-passes, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.(CMS)(9-14-2015)

  • Charlotte making changes to grass area on frontstretch: Charlotte Motor Speedway is working with turf specialists and track engineers to create a transition border between the pavement and the grass along the frontstretch as track officials prepare for October's Bank of America 500. Crews have graded down the grass and soil edging to create a 6-foot border that is the same level as the asphalt near the start/finish line. The six-foot transition border will include a new sand/soil mix with newly planted rye grass. Crews are installing 140 tons of the new sand/soil mixture. By the time the October 8-10 race weekend rolls around, the grass will be smoother and lower than the regular infield grass where the traditional grass-painting is located. The project is designed to create a smoother, safer surface for drivers, and cause less potential damage on the splitter and front end of the cars.(Fox Sports)(9-2-2015)

  • Bruton Smith reveals non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis: After battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this summer, Speedway Motorsports Inc. Executive Chairman (and NASCAR Hall of Fame, Class of 2016) Bruton Smith is attending this week's NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway. The following are comments Bruton and his son, SMI CEO and President Marcus Smith, made earlier Friday about his health and return to the speedway for Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol.
    Bruton Smith, Executive Chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
    "The doctors said I probably needed a bit of a rest and I got that. And I probably needed it. You see, I could depend on Marcus. SMI - they can easily do with my absence. He knows what he's doing. He's doing a great job and I'm proud of him. I hate to miss any of our races. I really do. It's kind of heartbreaking, really. I like to be there to see what's going on. I enjoy what I do. I like the automobile business. I'm into that. I love the racing business. I want to contribute more and more and more. You hear us preach about fan friendly and we're into that and we want to do more on it. I think that is a driver for me to just do more things. I just like what I do. We've done an awful lot of things, as you know. I enjoy the contributions I've been able to make to the sport."
    Marcus Smith, CEO and President of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "We talked about this for the last few days actually, about having a conversation because health and personal matters are personal. The family, we're private about personal matters. A lot of people have asked me about, where's Bruton? How's he feeling? I'm really excited about this weekend because Bristol was a goal. For us. For my dad. The time was such that it was a good goal to try to hit to be healthy and strong. Back around the All-Star Race in May, my dad had not been feeling 100% and a little bit prior. Coming back, people might think that because he lost weight that something was wrong. I thought it was better to tell the good part of the story. We knew something was wrong and he just wasn't feeling right. We went to the doctor and did a lot of tests and they made a diagnosis of lymphoma, and it's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. According to the doctors, it's the kind you want to have. It's the most treatable. We were encouraged by that. The really good news is, through the process, treatment and ups and downs and having Bristol as a goal to be healthy by, we're back here and the last word from the doctor was things have been really good. He's progressed beyond expectations they all had and we're very thankful about that of course and they have given a really good prognosis on his health. In short, he's responded really well to treatment and even beyond the expectations from the doctors. We've had a lot of family time and friends, and a lot of support. I'm happy that he's back in Bristol to be able to enjoy it."
    (Charlotte Motor Speedway PR)(8-22-2015)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway announces Jeff Gordon tribute: Charlotte Motor Speedway will pay tribute to retiring NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon with a 24-day campaign leading up to the track's fall race. The campaign - called "Jeff's Last Ride" - will include:
    -- Personal stories, memories and well-wishes from sports personalities, community leaders and other celebrities through daily videos posted to
    -- Fans sharing moments and remembrances via social media to congratulate Gordon.
    -- A collection of iconic #24 race cars and Gordon's personal cars showcased during the Charlotte AutoFair Sept. 24-27.
    -- Partnerships with businesses across the Charlotte region to "paint Charlotte 24" in the final 24 days before the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 10.
    -- And a 24-day social media campaign that reflects on Gordon's top moments over the course of his career at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Gordon, who drives Hendrick Motorsports' #24 Chevy, has won four Cup championships. The first of his 92 career victories came in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 at CMS. The campaign also includes several Gordon-themed ticket packages. Information: www.charlottemotorspeedway.(Charlotte Observer)(8-22-2015)

  • Hunter Hayes to perform pre-race concert at Charlotte Motor Speedway: One of the biggest names in country music will crank things up in the heart of NASCAR country when Hunter Hayes gets fans revved up for the Bank of America 500 on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The multi-talented singer, songwriter and instrumentalist will take the stage for a 60-minute set, including smash hits like his GRAMMY-nominated "Wanted," "I Want Crazy" and "Invisible," among other fan favorites like "Storm Warning," "Somebody's Heartbreak" and current single, "21." A five-time GRAMMY-nominated performer, Hayes earned the Country Music Association's "New Artist of the Year" title in 2012, as well as numerous awards and nominations from the Academy of Country Music, CMT Music Awards, BMI Awards, American Country Awards, Billboard Touring Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and many others.(CMS)(8-12-2015)

  • Austin and Ty Dillon to Wave Green Flag On CMS's Fall Season at Parade of Power: Richard Childress Racing drivers Austin and Ty Dillon and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials will wave the green flag on the legendary speedway's action-packed fall Season of Speed during the seventh annual Parade of Power on Wednesday, Aug. 5. A wide array of vehicles representing those that will compete this fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte will parade down Bruton Smith Boulevard, beginning at Concord Mills Mall and ending at the speedway's Avenue of Flags. The free fan event will include a Q&A session, monster truck rides, the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Van and more. The first 100 fans to pick up a wristband on event day will be able to take part in an autograph session with several motorsports personalities. In addition, fans who make a qualifying ticket purchase will be able to drive their personal vehicles on the 1.5-mile superspeedway. The Parade of Power is expected to include more than two dozen vehicles, including NASCAR stock cars, a World of Outlaws dirt late model, a monster truck, NHRA dragsters and Pro Modified cars, a Legend Car and Bandolero, speedway Toyota Camry pace cars, the speedway's Rosenbauer fire engine, classic and luxury automobiles, and more. The parade will begin at Concord Mills Mall at 12:00pm/et and travel to the main entrance of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Q&A session is scheduled to take place along the Avenue of Flags.(CMS)(8-1-2015)

  • Bruton Smith increases voting power to sons: Bruton Smith, who in February stepped down as chief executive officer of track operator Speedway Motorsports Inc., has increased the voting power of his three sons in the company. The 88-year-old Smith has controlled 70.2% of the voting stock, and a filing Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states he now shares that voting power with his sons Marcus, David and Scott as part of a transaction "for business succession purposes." The individual voting power of each of the sons and their father was not disclosed, and SMI declined to comment on how the voting power is distributed. The filing indicates that Bruton Smith has retained significant oversight of SMI. Bruton Smith gave up the CEO and chairman titles of SMI in February, moving to a role as executive chairman while elevating Marcus to the CEO role. Scott Smith is president and David Smith is vice chairman of their father's auto dealership company, Sonic Automotive, where Bruton remains as chairman and CEO.(ESPN)(6-25-2015)

  • Carl Edwards wins at Charlotte: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Charlotte and 24th career win. Edwards last win was 31 races ago at Sonoma Raceway in June 2014.
    #16-Biffle finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Kenseth, #78-Truex Jr., #31-Newman, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick and #41-Busch.
    Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 473, 41 points over #78-Truex Jr.
    Pole winner #20-Kenseth led 27 laps, fell down 1 lap with an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel, got the lucky dog pass and finished 4th.
    #18-Kyle Busch, in his first points race of the season after being injured at Daytona, finished 11th and ran all 400 laps.
    #48-Johnson spun twice, recovering the 1st time, but not the 2nd time, hitting the inside SAFER wall. After repairs, Johnson came back on the track and finished 40th, down 30 laps. Only four drivers failed to finish the race.
    There were 22 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 39 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 147.803mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-24-2015)

  • Coca-Cola extends partnership with Speedway Motorsports: The Coca-Cola Company has extended their long-term partnership with Speedway Motorsports, Inc. through 2020, ensuring that race fans across the country can continue to cheer on their favorite Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers at premier motorsports facilities with ice cold, delicious Coca-Cola refreshment. For more than 30 years, Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports have brought race fans together, enhancing event experiences and providing countless wonderful memories. The partnership renewal celebrates the longevity of their partnership as Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports continue to create the ultimate race day experience for fans across the country. In the renewed agreement, Coca-Cola, along with an array of sparkling and still beverage options, will continue as the "Official Soft Drink," "Official Sparkling Beverage," "Official Water, "Official Sports Drink" and "Official Enhanced Water" for seven Speedway Motorsports facilities (Atlanta, Charlotte, Sonoma, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire and Texas). The agreement retains all non-alcoholic beverages at Atlanta, Charlotte and New Hampshire. The renewal also includes title sponsorship of the Coca-Cola 600, the longest continuous sponsorship of any race in NASCAR, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coca-Cola, along with Speedway Motorsports, will ensure all of these tracks remain premier destinations for NASCAR fans across the nation for years to come.
    "For more than 30 years, Coca-Cola has been refreshing fans at the world's greatest speedways. What better place to share a Coke over our renewed partnership than at the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend," said Ivan Pollard, Senior Vice President, Connections, Investment and Assets, Coca-Cola North America.
    "Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports share the same passion for entertaining fans and providing the ultimate race day experience. Our partnership renewal celebrates the heritage of this relationship in bringing fans closer to Coca-Cola and the sport they love the most."
    "Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports have been making memories together for more than 30 years by honoring our troops, celebrating our passion for racing and creating spectacular experiences for our fans," said Marcus Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "Coca-Cola is the world's most-respected and recognizable brand, and it's an honor to extend our partnership into its fourth decade. We look forward to serving our fans refreshing excitement both on and off the track for years to come."
    Coca-Cola is a global brand with deep roots in local communities. Through this partnership extension, Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports will continue to create programs that engage race fans at Speedway Motorsports facilities in the local markets and regions where the speedways are located. By creating these unique experiences, Coca-Cola will connect with race fans at every level -- locally, nationally, at the track, in store, at home and elsewhere.(CMS)(5-24-2015)

  • All-Star Race an earlier start next year?: Could the Sprint All-Star Race have a different starting time next season? Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiruisXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" that series officials will consider that matter for next year. Saturday's All-Star race didn't begin until 9:42pm/et. The second segment took the green flag at 10:02 p.m. The third segment began at 10:23 p.m. The fourth segment started at 10:43 p.m., and the mandatory pit stop before the start of the final pit stop took place at 11:03 p.m. The event featured no cautions other than the breaks between each segment. Thus, if there had been debris cautions or accidents or such, the start of each segment could have been pushed back significantly. Here's what O'Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about the start time for the All-Star race: "I think it is something we want to look at. ... I've got kids who like watching sports earlier, and I hear the same thing. I think that is something we'll sit down and address and look at and see if we can't get it off a little earlier.''(NBC Sports)(5-18-2015)

  • Hamlin wins Sprint All-Star Race: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his first All-Star win, the first All-Star race win for Joe Gibbs Racing and first Toyota team to win the All-Star race. #11-Hamlin is the fourth driver to win from race from the pole and the fifth time it has happened. #11-Hamlin beat #2-Keselowski off pit road during the final pit stops between segment 4 & 5, but Keselowski sped off pit road and had to restart at the rear on the restart. Hamlin held off #40Harvick who put on a charge early in the final segment before fading and finishing 2nd.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 2nd year in a row) followed by #41-Busch, #24-Gordon, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #5-Kahne, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    The three drivers who transferred into the race via the Sprint Showdown: #15-Bowyer (finished 12th), #16-Biffle (finished 13th) and #10-Patrick (finished 20th/last, had engine problems).
    See the results for each segment's 2015 All-Star Race Page.(5-16-2015)

  • Bowyer wins Sprint Showdown: #15-Clint Bowyer won the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to transfer to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. It is Bowyers 2nd win in the Showdown and 2nd consecutive win. #27-Menard finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex Jr, #9-Hornish Jr. and #25-Chase Elliott. #16-Greg Biffle won segment 1 of the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to transfer to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. #15-Bowyer finished 2nd followed by #27-Menard, #3-Dillon and #55-Ragan.
    #10-Danica Patrick won the Sprint Fan Vote to transfer into the Sprint All-Star Race.
    See the results from both segments on's 2015 All-Star Race Page.(5-15-2015)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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