Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Lowe’s Motor Speedway (Charlotte)
Track Length – 1.5 mile
Seats – 165,000
The track formerly known as Charlotte Motor Speedway was built in 1959. Now named Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the track gets 2 NASCAR races each year. The Coca Cola 600 in May is the longest race of the year on the NASCAR schedule. The NASCAR Banking 5oo is in the fall and is one of the races leading to the conclusion of the Chase. Because of the length of the race, the 600 can become a “fuel mileage race” with the winner simply having enough gas to outlast the competition.
In the early 90’s Charlotte Motor Speedway became the first modern track to get lights and host night racing. The 600, starts in the day and continues into the night changing the track conditions significantly. Lowe’s Motor Speedway is also known for the condominiums that sit beside the race track.
The Charlotte North Carolina area is home to most of NASCAR’s teams and drivers.