Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5 miles, Intermediate, quad oval) in Concord, North Carolina
From 1959-1960, the then and now again known as "Charlotte Motor Speedway" Oval Bruton Smith was built for dirt-cheap nowadays 1.25 million US dollars in Concord, North Carolina. With 167,000 spectators, the track is also one of the big five in NASCAR, what this category concerns. The Speedway is still owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. and is something like the flagship line represents the company, whose company headquarters is also located on the premises. Similarly, the area of Charlotte, North Carolina is the home of most NASCAR teams: 90% of all race teams have built their headquarters within a radius of 80km around the Speedway around, some even "opposite". 1999 sold the naming rights to their distance ten years in the US home improvement chain Lowe's, which is also the sponsor of Jimmie Johnson at the same time. End of 2009, said contract expired, however, so that the oval is known by its original name since 2010.
1.5 miles and 24 ° banking make the Charlotte Motor Speedway to one of the fastest tracks on the calendar. The layout divides the oval with its also in 1960 opened sister track in Atlanta and the still relatively young Texas Motor Speedway: All distances are "quad ovals", So as usual four turns, but a curved through two links Knicks start-finish straight, which they differ slightly from the "D-shaped" -Ovalen. Except for a Chase race in October in Charlotte (actually Concord) down in May, where NASCAR to two directly consecutive weekends a similarly big show as the "Daytona Speed Weeks" rears, which even in a Pit Crew Challenge the best pit crew of the Cup is determined. At the All-Star race one week followed later with the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the year. 2005 made it to its name because it was so far the only race that lasted more than five hours; Red-phase exempted. Debt was Goodyear, who brought an inappropriate tires for track, which previously received a roadway rehabilitation. A record-breaking 22 Cautions were the result.
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