Charlotte Motor Speedway
, formerly Lowe's Motor Speedway
, is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina
13 miles (21 km) from Charlotte
. The complex features a 1.5 mile (2.4 km) quad oval
track that hosts NASCAR
racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600
on Memorial Day
weekend, the Sprint All-Star Race
, and the Bank of America 500
. 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, Inc.
(SMI) with Marcus G. Smith
(son of Bruton Smith) 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.
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