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Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Beast of the Southeast
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Location 5555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, North Carolina, 28027
Capacity 165,000
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
Sprint Showdown
Sprint All-Star Race
Coca-Cola 600
NASCAR Banking 500 Only from Bank of America

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Carquest Auto Parts 300
Dollar General 300

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
North Carolina Education Lottery 200

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Bojangles Pole Night

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
NHRA Carolina Nationals
ZMax 4 Wide Nationals

INEX Raceceiver Legends Car Series

Legends Million
Quad-oval
Surface Paved
Length 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Banking Turns - 24 degrees
Straightaways - 5 degrees
Lap record 0:24.49 (Tony Stewart, Team Menard, 1998, IRL IndyCar Series)

Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe's Motor Speedway) is a speedway in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. It features a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) long quad-oval track that seats 115,000 people[1], with room for 50,000 more spectators in the infield. Constructed in 1959, it was the first speedway to host nighttime superspeedway racing (in 1992) in the "modern era," the first being the now defunct Raleigh Speedway in 1958, and to offer year-round residences (in 1984) with 52 condominiums available over turn one. It is owned by Speedway Motorsports, which has its corporate headquarters on the same property. The speedway is considered the home base of NASCAR, with 90% of NASCAR teams being based within 50 miles (80 km).

In February 1999, Lowe's bought the naming rights to the speedway, making it the first race track in the country with a corporate sponsor. Lowe's chose not to renew its naming rights after the 2009 NASCAR season.[2] The track reverted to its original name, Charlotte Motor Speedway, in 2010.[3]

Along with the main oval, the speedway also has a 2.25-mile (3.62 km) road course in the infield, a 0.6-mile (0.97 km) kart course in the infield, a quarter-mile oval using part of the front stretch and pit road, and an 0.2-mile (0.32 km) oval outside turn three. Also, across U.S. Highway 29 from the speedway, is a 0.4-mile (0.64 km) dirt track that opened in May 2000. The 0.25-mile (0.40 km) oval located between the frontstretch and pit road was constructed in 1991 for a legends race which was part of the Winston weekend. It was designed after Bowman-Gray Stadium. Also on speedway ground is a four lane dragstrip named Zmax Dragway which opened in September 2008.

In 2005, the surface of the circuit had started to wear from its last paving in mid-1994, resulting in the track's treatment in a diamond-grinding process to smooth out bumps. This process, known as levigation, caused major tire problems during both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) events there, with a record 22 cautions at the showcase Coca-Cola 600, which is considered one of the top five annual NASCAR races.[4] It was the first Sprint Cup Series event to go more than five hours (excluding red flags) in 25 years. Speed increases were also a result of the levigation. After the problem with the tires, the speedway was repaved in 2006. Speedway President H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler retired following the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25, 2008 and was replaced by Marcus Smith.[5]

At the end of 2008, CMS reduced capacity by about 25,000. They cited reduced ticket sales as the cause. CMS expects to increase demand for seats by decreasing the number. In addition, they upgraded the front stretch seats from 18 inch fold down seats to 22 inch stadium style seats. In turns 1 and 2 the stands were converted into a luxury lot. [6]

Contents

Events

ARCA

The ARCA RE/MAX Series raced there until 2004. In 2001 and 2002, Blaise Alexander and Eric Martin were killed in accidents. The last race was won by Ryan Hemphill, who started on the pole.

NASCAR Cup Series stats

NASCAR records

As of 10/17/09

NASCAR Cup Series race winners

*Rain Shortened
UC=Under Caution

Season Date Winning Driver Car # Sponsor Make Distance Avg Speed Margin of Victory
1960 June 19 Joe Lee Johnson 89g Chevrolet 600 mi (970 km) 107.735 mph (173.383 km/h) 4 laps
1960 October 16 Speedy Thompson 21z Wood Brothers Ford 401 mi (645 km) 112.905 mph (181.703 km/h) 1 lap
1961 May 21 Richard Petty 43 Petty Enterprises Plymouth 101 mi (163 km) 133.554 mph (214.934 km/h) 8 sec
1961 May 21 Joe Weatherly 8 Bud Moore Pontiac 101 mi (163 km) 115.591 mph (186.026 km/h) 6 cl
1961 May 28 David Pearson 3 Daytona Kennel Pontiac 600 mi (970 km) 111.633 mph (179.656 km/h) 2 laps
1961 October 15 Joe Weatherly 8 Bud Moore Pontiac 401 mi (645 km) 119.950 mph (193.041 km/h) 1.5 cl
1962 May 27 Nelson Stacy 29 Holman-Moody Ford 600 mi (970 km) 125.552 mph (202.056 km/h) 32.35 sec
1962 October 14 Junior Johnson 3 Ray Fox Pontiac 401 mi (645 km) 132.085 mph (212.570 km/h) 2 laps
1963 June 2 Fred Lorenzen 28 LaFayette Ford 600 mi (970 km) 132.417 mph (213.105 km/h) 35 sec
1963 October 13 Junior Johnson 3 Holly Farms Chevrolet 401 mi (645 km) 132.105 mph (212.602 km/h) 12 sec
1964 May 24 Jim Paschal 41 Petty Enterprises Plymouth 600 mi (970 km) 125.772 mph (202.410 km/h) 4 laps
1964 October 18 Fred Lorenzen 28 LaFayette Ford 401 mi (645 km) 134.475 mph (216.417 km/h) 1 lap
1965 May 23 Fred Lorenzen 28 Holman-Moody Ford 600 mi (970 km) 121.722 mph (195.893 km/h) 6.4 sec
1965 October 17 Fred Lorenzen 28 Holman-Moody Ford 401 mi (645 km) 119.117 mph (191.700 km/h) 3 cl
1966 May 22 Marvin Panch 42 Petty Enterprises Plymouth 600 mi (970 km) 135.042 mph (217.329 km/h) 2 laps
1966 October 16 LeeRoy Yarbrough 12 Jon Thorne Dodge 501 mi (806 km) 130.576 mph (210.142 km/h) 18 sec
1967 May 28 Jim Paschal 14 Friedkin Enterprises Plymouth 600 mi (970 km) 135.832 mph (218.600 km/h) 5 sec
1967 October 15 Buddy Baker 3 Ray Fox Dodge 501 mi (806 km) 130.317 mph (209.725 km/h) 1 lap
1968 May 26 Buddy Baker 3 Ray Fox Dodge 382.5* mi 104.207 mph (167.705 km/h) UC
1968 October 20 Charlie Glotzbach 6 Cotton Owens Dodge 501 mi (806 km) 135.234 mph (217.638 km/h) 7 sec
1969 May 25 LeeRoy Yarbrough 98 Junior Johnson Mercury 600 mi (970 km) 134.361 mph (216.233 km/h) 2 laps
1969 October 12 Donnie Allison 27 Banjo Matthews Ford 501 mi (806 km) 131.271 mph (211.260 km/h) 16 sec
1970 May 24 Donnie Allison 27 Banjo Matthews Ford 600 mi (970 km) 129.680 mph (208.700 km/h) 2 laps
1970 October 11 Lee Roy Yarbrough 98 Junior Johnson Mercury 501 mi (806 km) 123.246 mph (198.345 km/h) UC
1971 May 30 Bobby Allison 12 Holman-Moody Mercury 600 mi (970 km) 140.422 mph (225.987 km/h) 33.9 sec
1971 October 10 Bobby Allison 12 Holman-Moody Mercury 501 mi (806 km) 126.140 mph (203.003 km/h) 5 sec
1972 May 28 Buddy Baker 11 Petty Enterprises Dodge 600 mi (970 km) 142.255 mph (228.937 km/h) 23.7 sec
1972 October 8 Bobby Allison 12 Richard Howard Chevrolet 501 mi (806 km) 133.234 mph (214.419 km/h) 2 cl
1973 May 27 Buddy Baker 71 K&K Ins Dodge 600 mi (970 km) 134.890 mph (217.084 km/h) 1.8 sec
1973 October 7 Cale Yarborough 11 Kar-Kare Chevrolet 501 mi (806 km) 145.240 mph (233.741 km/h) 1.4 sec
1974 May 26 David Pearson 21 Purolator Mercury 600 mi (970 km) 135.720 mph (218.420 km/h) 0.6 sec
1974 October 11 David Pearson 21 Purolator Mercury 501 mi (806 km) 119.912 mph (192.980 km/h) 1.4 sec
1975 May 25 Richard Petty 43 STP Dodge 600 mi (970 km) 145.327 mph (233.881 km/h) 1 lap
1975 October 5 Richard Petty 43 STP Dodge 501 mi (806 km) 132.209 mph (212.770 km/h) 0.26 sec
1976 May 30 David Pearson 21 Purolator Mercury 600 mi (970 km) 137.352 mph (221.047 km/h) UC
1976 October 10 Donnie Allison 1 Ellington Insulation Chevrolet 501 mi (806 km) 141.226 mph (227.281 km/h) 12.2 sec
1977 May 29 Richard Petty 43 STP Dodge 600 mi (970 km) 137.676 mph (221.568 km/h) 30.8 sec
1977 October 9 Benny Parsons 72 1st National City Chevrolet 501 mi (806 km) 142.780 mph (229.782 km/h) 19.2 sec
1978 May 28 Darrell Waltrip 88 Gatorade Chevrolet 600 mi (970 km) 138.355 mph (222.661 km/h) 2 sec
1978 October 8 Bobby Allison 15 Norris Industries Ford 501 mi (806 km) 141.826 mph (228.247 km/h) 30.2 sec
1979 May 27 Darrell Waltrip 88 Gatorade Chevrolet 600 mi (970 km) 136.674 mph (219.955 km/h) 5.6 sec
1979 October 7 Cale Yarborough 11 Busch Chevrolet 501 mi (806 km) 134.266 mph (216.080 km/h) 1 lap
1980 May 25 Benny Parsons 27 Melling Tool Chevrolet 600 mi (970 km) 119.265 mph (191.938 km/h) 0.5 cl
1980 October 5 Dale Earnhardt 2 Mike Curb Chevrolet 501 mi (806 km) 135.243 mph (217.653 km/h) 1.83 sec
1981 May 24 Bobby Allison 28 Hardees Buick 600 mi (970 km) 129.326 mph (208.130 km/h) 8.2 sec
1981 October 11 Darrell Waltrip 11 Mountain Dew Buick 501 mi (806 km) 117.483 mph (189.071 km/h) 31.8 sec
1982 May 30 Neil Bonnett 21 Warner Hodgdon Ford 600 mi (970 km) 130.058 mph (209.308 km/h) 2 cl
1982 October 10 Harry Gant 33 7-Eleven/Skoal Bandit Buick 501 mi (806 km) 137.208 mph (220.815 km/h) 2.93 sec
1983 May 29 Neil Bonnett 75 Hodgdon Chevrolet 600 mi (970 km) 140.707 mph (226.446 km/h) 0.8 sec
1983 October 9 Richard Petty 43 STP Pontiac 501 mi (806 km) 139.998 mph (225.305 km/h) 3.1 sec
1984 May 27 Bobby Allison 22 Miller High Life Buick 600 mi (970 km) 129.233 mph (207.980 km/h) 17 sec
1984 October 7 Bill Elliott 9 Coors Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 148.861 mph (239.569 km/h) 14.5 sec
1985 May 26 Darrell Waltrip 11 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo 600 mi (970 km) 141.807 mph (228.216 km/h) 14.64 sec
1985 October 6 Cale Yarborough 28 Hardees Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 136.761 mph (220.095 km/h) 1 sec
1986 May 25 Dale Earnhardt 3 Wrangler Jeans Chevrolet Monte Carlo 600 mi (970 km) 140.406 mph (225.962 km/h) 1.59 sec
1986 October 5 Dale Earnhardt 3 Wrangler Jeans Chevrolet Monte Carlo 501 mi (806 km) 132.403 mph (213.082 km/h) 1.9 sec
1987 May 24 Kyle Petty 21 Citgo Ford Thunderbird 600 mi (970 km) 131.483 mph (211.601 km/h) 1 lap
1987 October 11 Bill Elliott 9 Coors Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 128.443 mph (206.709 km/h) 2.22 sec
1988 May 29 Darrell Waltrip 17 Tide Chevrolet Monte Carlo 600 mi (970 km) 124.46 mph (200.299 km/h) 0.24 sec
1988 October 9 Rusty Wallace 27 Kodiak Pontiac Grand Prix 501 mi (806 km) 130.677 mph (210.304 km/h) 1 cl
1989 May 28 Darrell Waltrip 17 Tide Chevrolet Lumina 600 mi (970 km) 144.077 mph (231.869 km/h) 0.99 sec
1989 October 8 Ken Schrader 25 Folgers Chevrolet Lumina 501 mi (806 km) 149.863 mph (241.181 km/h) 3.75 sec
1990 May 27 Rusty Wallace 27 Miller Genuine Draft Pontiac Grand Prix 600 mi (970 km) 137.65 mph (221.526 km/h) 0.17 sec
1990 October 7 Davey Allison 28 Havoline Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 137.428 mph (221.169 km/h) 2.59 sec
1991 May 26 Davey Allison 28 Havoline Ford Thunderbird 600 mi (970 km) 138.951 mph (223.620 km/h) 1.28 sec
1991 October 6 Geoffrey Bodine 11 Budweiser Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 138.984 mph (223.673 km/h) 1 cl
1992 May 24 Dale Earnhardt 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet Lumina 600 mi (970 km) 132.98 mph (214.011 km/h) 0.41 sec
1992 October 11 Mark Martin 6 Valvoline Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 153.537 mph (247.094 km/h) 1.88 sec
1993 May 30 Dale Earnhardt 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet Lumina 600 mi (970 km) 145.504 mph (234.166 km/h) 3.73 sec
1993 October 10 Ernie Irvan 28 Havoline Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 154.537 mph (248.703 km/h) 1.83 sec
1994 May 29 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Lumina 600 mi (970 km) 139.445 mph (224.415 km/h) 3.91 sec
1994 October 9 Dale Jarrett 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Lumina 501 mi (806 km) 145.922 mph (234.839 km/h) UC
1995 May 28 Bobby Labonte 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Monte Carlo 600 mi (970 km) 151.952 mph (244.543 km/h) 6.28 sec
1995 October 8 Mark Martin 6 Valvoline Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 145.358 mph (233.931 km/h) 0.97 sec
1996 May 26 Dale Jarrett 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford Thunderbird 600 mi (970 km) 147.581 mph (237.509 km/h) 11.982 sec
1996 October 6 Terry Labonte 5 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet Monte Carlo 501 mi (806 km) 143.143 mph (230.366 km/h) 3.84 sec
1997 May 25 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo 499.5* mi 136.745 mph (220.070 km/h) 0.468 sec
1997 October 5 Dale Jarrett 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford Thunderbird 501 mi (806 km) 144.323 mph (232.265 km/h) 4.142 sec
1998 May 24 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo 600 mi (970 km) 136.424 mph (219.553 km/h) 0.41 sec
1998 October 4 Mark Martin 6 Valvoline/Cummins Ford Taurus 501 mi (806 km) 123.188 mph (198.252 km/h) 1.11 sec
1999 May 30 Jeff Burton 99 Exide Batteries Ford Taurus 600 mi (970 km) 151.367 mph (243.602 km/h) 0.574 sec
1999 October 11 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo 501 mi (806 km) 160.309 mph (257.992 km/h) 0.851 sec
2000 May 28 Matt Kenseth 17 DeWalt Tools Ford Taurus 600 mi (970 km) 142.64 mph (229.557 km/h) 0.573 sec
2000 October 8 Bobby Labonte 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix 501 mi (806 km) 133.63 mph (215.057 km/h) 1.166 sec
2001 May 27 Jeff Burton 99 Citgo Ford Taurus 600 mi (970 km) 138.107 mph (222.262 km/h) 3.190 sec
2001 October 7 Sterling Marlin 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid 501 mi (806 km) 139.006 mph (223.708 km/h) 6.002 sec
2002 May 26 Mark Martin 6 Viagra Ford Taurus 600 mi (970 km) 137.729 mph (221.653 km/h) 0.468 sec
2002 October 13 Jamie McMurray 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid 501 mi (806 km) 141.481 mph (227.692 km/h) 0.350 sec
2003 May 25 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 414* mi 126.198 mph (203.096 km/h) UC
2003 October 11 Tony Stewart 20 Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo 501 mi (806 km) 142.871 mph (229.929 km/h) 0.608 sec
2004 May 30 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 600 mi (970 km) 142.763 mph (229.755 km/h) UC
2004 October 16 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 501 mi (806 km) 130.214 mph (209.559 km/h) 1.727 sec
2005 May 29 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 600 mi (970 km) 114.698 mph (184.589 km/h) 0.027 sec
2005 October 15 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 501 mi (806 km) 120.334 mph (193.659 km/h) 0.309 sec
2006 May 28 Kasey Kahne 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Charger 600 mi (970 km) 128.84 mph (207.348 km/h) 2.114 sec
2006 October 14 Kasey Kahne 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Charger 501 mi (806 km) 132.142 mph (212.662 km/h) 1.624 sec
2007 May 27 Casey Mears 25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 600 mi (970 km) 130.222 mph (209.572 km/h) 9.561 sec
2007 October 13 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 505.5* mi 125.868 mph (202.565 km/h) 0.597 sec
2008 May 17 Kasey Kahne 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger R/T 600 mi (970 km) 132.743 mph (213.629 km/h) 1.2 sec
2008 October 11 Jeff Burton 31 AT&T Chevrolet Impala 501 mi (806 km) 136.765 mph (220.102 km/h) .582 sec
2009 May 25 David Reutimann 00 Aaron's Toyota Camry 340.5 mi (548.0 km)* 120.899 mph (194.568 km/h) UC
2009 October 17 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Impala 501 mi (806 km) 137.658 mph (221.539 km/h) 2.303 sec

Indy Racing League history

Indy Racing League races were held at the circuit in 1997 and 1998, with Buddy Lazier and Kenny Bräck winning the mid-summer Saturday night 500k (208 lap) races on the circuit. In 1999, the race was moved to the first weekend in May, the last race before the Indianapolis 500. On the 61st lap, a crash led to a car losing a tire, which was then propelled into the stands by another car. Three spectators were killed and eight others were injured in the incident.

As reported by IRL announcer Mike King, grandstands in the apex of Turn 1 was closed, but seats in Turns 1 and 2 past the apex were open. Seats outside of Turn 4 were also closed. When attendance grew beyond the 50,000 expected for the race, extra sections of stands were opened, and one of them was the section of track where the debris flew in Turn 4. Buddy Lazier was leading the race at the time of the caution for the Lap 62 crash. After pit stops, Greg Ray was leading the race when the race was abandoned. The race was cancelled after 79 laps, and the IRL did not return.

That incident, and a previous incident in July 1998 in a Champ Car race at Michigan which also killed three spectators (that race was run to its finish), led to new rules requiring cars to have tethers attached to wheel hubs in an effort to prevent such incidents from happening again. New catch fencing was also invented, curved so debris could not sail as easily into the grandstands.

Following the accident, a short series of bombings took place in Lowe's stores in North Carolina, injuring three, and prompting some to think there may be a link with a relative of one of the victims. When George Rocha was arrested for the bombings, he claimed that he was angry about the crash at the speedway, but he later confessed that it was retribution for being caught shoplifting and an attempt at extortion. [1]

Results

Season Date Race Name Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team
1997 July 26 VisionAire 500k United States Buddy Lazier Dallara Oldsmobile Hemelgarn Racing
1998 July 25 VisionAire 500k Sweden Kenny Bräck Dallara Oldsmobile A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1999 May 1 VisionAire 500k Race abandoned after 79 laps (spectators killed)

Additional uses

Victory Lane At Charlotte Motor Speedway

The facility is considered one of the busiest sports venues in the country, with typically over 380 events a year. Along with many races, the speedway also hosts the Food Lion Auto Fair twice a year, one of the nation's largest car shows. Movies and commercials have been filmed there, notably Days of Thunder, and it is a popular tourist stop and testing grounds.

On May 26, 2006, the Pixar movie Cars premiered at the speedway, on several monster screens.

The feature of the April 2005 Spring Food Lion Auto Fair at the speedway was a popular sculpture exhibition, Jim Gary's Twentieth Century Dinosaurs. It is a menagerie of Garysauruses, all life-sized, and constructed of automobile parts. A special tent housed the heavily attended exhibition and a huge Gary sculpture, over forty feet long, was displayed at the entrance to the raceway during the entire fair. H. A. "Humpy" Wheeler and the speedway then sponsored the funding for the traveling sculpture exhibition to be featured by Belk College of Business on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where a self-guided tour of the campus-wide display was extended to the end of July.[2]

During a typical race week, Concord can balloon by over 200,000 people, temporarily making it the third largest city in North Carolina as fans and tourists visit the events at the speedway.

The speedway became home to the first season of Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race in 2007.

In the summer, they host the Summer Shootout Series with the Bandolero and Legends Car divisions of INEX.

A Panoramic view of Charlotte Motor Speedway, taken from the 2nd Turn Tower before the 2007 Nextel All Star Race.

Closure threat controversy

In October 2007 a controversy erupted following a Concord city council decision to rezone Speedway land to prevent a dragstrip from being built. Track owner Bruton Smith had already begun grading land for the dragstrip prior to the ruling. The decision came in large part because of concerns from people living in a recently built subdivision that sits around 1-mile (1.6 km) from where the strip would be built.

Threat

Following the decision Bruton Smith threatened to close Charlotte Motor Speedway and build a track elsewhere in Metrolina. When asked if he would go through with the threat Smith replied "I'm deadly serious".

On November 21, 2007, a Speedway spokesperson announced that Smith would not close Charlotte Motor Speedway.[3]

Dragstrip

In late December 2007, Bruton Smith announced plans for a new dragstrip to be built near the speedway. [7] The dragstrip, called the zMax Dragway, was built on a piece of land right across from Highway 29. It is in its first full year of operation. Its events include those from all four of the NHRA's categories, and recently hosted a weekend of Pinks.[8]

The track is unique in that there are records in Pro Stock (car), Pro Stock Motorcycle, but not in Top Fuel or Funny Car. The track opened in September 2008, after the NHRA declared no records would be allowed in Top Fuel or Funny Car because they run to an unofficial 1,000 foot distance, which is the distance of those two classes because of rule changes imposed in July 2008 following the death of Scott Kalitta.

Current race records (all series)

Record Year Date Driver Car Make Time Average Speed
(mph)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Qualifying 2005 October 13 United States Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 28.070 192.376
Race (600 miles) 1995 May 29 United States Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 3:56:55 151.952
Race (500 miles) 1999 October 10 United States Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 3:07:31 160.306
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Qualifying 2005   United States Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.277
Race (300 miles) 1996 May 25 United States Mark Martin Ford 1:55:23 155.996
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Qualifying 2005 May 20 United States Mike Skinner Toyota 29.500 183.051
Race (200 miles) 2003 May 16 United States Ted Musgrave Dodge 1:45:05 114.768

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Records

Record Year Date Driver Vehicle Time Terminal Velocity
(mph)
Pro Stock Car 2008 Sept. 13 United States Kurt Johnson Cobalt 6.680 206.95
Pro Stock Motorcycle 2008 Sept. 13 United States Matt Smith Buell 6.952 192.08

NOTE: NHRA does not keep records for Top Fuel or Funny Car because of the 1,000 foot distance used in those two classes when the track opened.

See also

References

Pitroad


External links

Coordinates: 35°21′03.13″N 80°41′00.92″W / 35.3508694°N 80.6835889°W / 35.3508694; -80.6835889








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