1. Local

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Speedway Also Houses Dragway, Dirt Track, and Several Short Tracks

By

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway pass under the track's HD screen

CMS Photo/Harold Hinson
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC 28027

Ticket or Speedway Information
800-455-FANS or 704-455-3200

Capacity
140,000

Length
1.5 miles

Where to Stay
Click here for hotels near Charlotte Motor Speedway

Attractions Around the Track
The Charlotte area is home to the majority of NASCAR teams. Click here to find out how you can visit their shops

There's no denying that NASCAR is huge in Charlotte. The vast majority of NASCAR teams have their headquarters based in Charlotte or the surrounding towns. Built in 1960, Charlotte Motor Speedway (named Lowes Motor Speedway from 1998 to 2009) is home to some of the biggest and most highly anticipated events in NASCAR, mainly the Coca-Cola 600 and accompanying All-Star race.

The track is home to Sprint Cup racing as well as Nationwide Series, Whelen Modified Racing, and even Camping World Truck racing and Raceceiver Legends Racing.

To house all those events, there are several smaller tracks within the complex. A quarter mile drag strip, the "zMax Dragway" sits across the highway from the track and hosts NHRA events. The dragway seats about 30,000 people and is the only all-concrete, four-lane drag strip in the United States. The Dirt Track at Charlotte (also across the highway) is a half mile clay oval seats which seats 14,000, and host Dirt Late Models, Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Monster Trucks and the World of Outlaws World Finals.

Within the 1.5 mile oval of the main track is is a 2 mile road long winding road course and a half mile kart course. There's also a quarter mile oval that host the Modified racing, the Summer Shootout Series and other events such as Legends cars.

Along with many races, the speedway also hosts the Food Lion Auto Fair twice a year, one of the nation's largest car shows. Many movies and commercials have been filmed at the speedway (Days of Thunder was almost entirely filmed here), and since it's so close to team shops, it's a popular testing location. The Richard Petty Driving Experience is here year round, and gives visitors the chance to take the wheel of a race car and take laps around the track.

The track is also home to the largest high definition television screen in the world. The screen is 200 feet wide by 80 feet tall, and sits between turns 2 and 3 across from the start/finish line.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Fun Facts
Courtesy of CMS

The land where Charlotte Motor Speedway now sits was the site of a working plantation during the Civil War.

President George Washington ate lunch and rested in a house that once served as the speedway's offices.

During a typical race weekend, fans consume more than 34,000 slices of pizza, 9,500 gallons of soda and water, 13,500 feet of hot dogs and 309,000 pounds of ice.

In 1992, the Speedway became the first modern superspeedway to host night racing.

If you're near the speedway, you're also close to just about ever NASCAR team's headquarters. Did you know you can tour many of them? Find out more about the NASCAR teams in Charlotte.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.