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 of Bruton Smith built for dirt-cheap nowadays 1.25 million dollars in Concord, North Carolina. With 167,000 seats, the track is also one of the big five in the NASCAR what this category is. The Speedway is still owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. and is something like the flagship line of the company is, whose company headquarters is also located on the premises. Likewise, the area of Charlotte, North Carolina is the home of most NASCAR teams: 90% of all racing teams have built their headquarters within a radius of 80km around the Speedway around, some even "opposite". 1999 sold the track their naming rights for ten years in the U.S. home improvement chain Lowe's, which is also a 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 one of the fastest circuits on the calendar. The layout divides the oval with his also in 1960 opened sister track in Atlanta and the still comparatively young Texas Motor Speedway: All distances are "quad ovals," So as usual four turns, but a bent through two links Knicks start-finish straight, which they differ slightly from "D-shaped" -Ovalen. Except for a Chase race in October is in Charlotte (actually Concord) moved in May, where the NASCAR on two directly consecutive weekends a similar big show as the "Daytona Speedweeks" rears, which even in a Pit Crew Challenge the best pit crew of the Cup is determined. At the All-Star race one week later follows 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 unsuitable tires for track, which previously received a roadway rehabilitation. Record-breaking 22 Cautions were the result.
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