Charlotte Motor Speedway

motorsport track in North Carolina, USA

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex in Concord, North Carolina, United States. It is 13 miles (21 km) from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing.[2] It is best known for the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend. The All-Star Race, as well as the Bank of America Roval 400 also run here. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith. It 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.

Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Location 5555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, North Carolina, 28027
Capacity 134,000[1]
Owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Operator Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Broke ground 1959
Opened 1960
Construction Cost $1.25 million
Architect Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner
Former Names Charlotte Motor Speedway (1960–1998, 2010–present)
Lowe's Motor Speedway (1998–2009)
Major Events NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
World of Outlaws

Quad oval
Surface Asphalt
Circuit Length 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Turns 4
Banking Turns: 24°
Straights: 5°
Lap Record 0:24.490 (Tony Stewart, Team Menard, 1998, IndyCar Series)
ZMAX Dragway
Surface Asphalt
Circuit Length 0.25 mi (0.4 km)
Banking 8000$
The Dirt Track
Surface Clay
Circuit Length 0.4 mi (0.64 km)

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. It hosts NHRA events. Alongside the drag strip is a modern clay oval that hosts dirt racing including the World of Outlaws finals.


  1. "Speedway Facts". Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. Craig Distl, Insiders' Guide® to Charlotte (Guilford, CT: Insiders' Guide; Bath: Footprint, 2010), p. 121

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