Charlotte Motor Speedway
By: Genesis

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The Charlotte Motor Speedway is located in Concord, NC. It has a 1.5 mile long track and one of the largest seating capacities in the country. It can hold about 167,000 people in the grandstands and 50,000 people can set up on the infield to watch the race. Two of the biggest races take place here, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500.

The speedway was designed and built in 1959 by former chairman O. Bruton Smith. Smith was a native of Oakboro, N.C. He was an automobile dealer and a stock car racing promoter at Concord Motor Speedway and the Charlotte Fairgrounds. Curtis Turner, Smith's business partner, was one of stock cars racing's earliest driving stars. Turner was from Virginia. He was one of the first drivers on the NASCAR circuit in 1949.


On June 19, 1960, the first World 600 took place on the new track. After Smith had built the speedway he pursued other businesses in Illinois and Texas. Smith had worked within Ford Motor Company and became really successful. In 1984, after building 40 condos, the speedway had became the only sport facility in America to offer year-round living accommodations.


In May of 2000, a dirt track was added. The dirt track stadium can seat 14,000 fans. It hosts the Dirt Late Models, Modifields, Sprint Cars, Monster Trucks and The World of the Outlaws World Finals. Tracy Lawrence (a country music singer) had filmed his music video "If The Good Die Young" at the speedway. The speedway annually presents the nations two largest cars shows. It now has a state-of-the-art media center and a new drag strip. The ZMAX drag strip opened in 2008 to a sold out crowd of 30,000 people. Today, the Charlotte Motor Speedway still is to be the leading promoter and marketer of motor sports activities in the U.S.



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