Charlotte Motor Speedway

Track Specs for the oval:
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
Grandstand Seating: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]

Track Specs for the ROVAL: (road course & oval)

Sponsor Status
Coca-Cola thru 2020 for the May 600 mile race
Bank of America thru 2018? for the October race, switches to roval in 2018

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Track Records & Stats

2017 May Race Winner: #3-Austin Dillon, 138.800mph, started 22nd
2017 October Race Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 139.128mph, started 17th
Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph
Track Race Record 600 miles: Martin Truex Jr., May 2016, 160.655mph
Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th
Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/1985
Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/1994

2017 May Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 193.424mph, finished 8th
2017 October Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 191.598mph, finished 4th
Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, Oct 2014, 198.771mph, set in 2nd round of qualifying
Coke 600 Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph
500 mile Qualifying Record: Matt Kenseth, Oct 2014, 194.532mph
Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 2 months, 6 days, 10/10/1993
Oldest Pole Winner: Bobby Allison, 49 years, 10 months, 8 days, 10/11/1987

Most Wins: 8 - Jimmie Johnson; 6 - Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison; 5 - Jeff Gordon
Most Poles: 14 - David Pearson; Current driver: 9 - Ryan Newman & Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s (all-time): 23 - Bobby Allison, Richard Petty
Most Top 5s (active): 15 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 10s (all-time): 31 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10s (active): 20 - Matt Kenseth & Jimmie Johnson

Most Laps Led [500 mile race]: 328, Ernie Irvan, 10/10/1993
Most Laps Led [600 mile race]: 388, Martin Truex Jr., 5/29/2016
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 388, Martin Truex Jr., 5/29/2016
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Kevin Harvick, 5/29/2011

Most Leaders: 21, 5/29/2005
Most Lead Changes: 59 - 5/27/1979
Fewest Leaders: 3, 5/21/1961
Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - 5/21/1961

Most Cautions: 22, 5/29/2005
Most Caution Laps: 113, 5/25/1980
Fewest Cautions: 0 - 5/21/1961
Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 5/21/1961

Most Finishers on a lead lap (500): 25, 10/15/2005
Most Finishers on a lead lap (600): 26, 5/25/2009 [227 of 400 laps completed]
Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/2003, 10/17/2009, 10/11/2014, 5/24/2015
Most Running at the Finish: 42 [of 43], 5/25/2009 [227 of 400 laps completed]
Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 5/21/1961

Most Wins by Manufacturer:
Chevy*, 45;
Ford*, 30;
Dodge, 15;
Pontiac, 8;
Mercury, 7;
Toyota*, 5;
Buick, 4;
Plymouth, 4;
* = active

Races won from starting pos 1: 16
Races won from starting pos 2: 17
Races won from starting pos 3: 15
Races won from starting pos 4: 10
Races won from starting pos 5: 8
Races won from starting pos 6: 5
Races won from starting pos 7: 8
Races won from starting pos 8: 2
Races won from starting pos 9: 5
Races won from starting pos 10: 2
Races won from starting pos 11: 1
Races won from starting pos 12: 2
Races won from starting pos 13: 3
Races won from starting pos 14: 1
Races won from starting pos 15: 3
Races won from starting pos 16: 3
Races won from starting pos 17: 3
Races won from starting pos 18: 2
Races won from starting pos 20: 2
Races won from starting pos 21: 2
Races won from starting pos 22: 3
Races won from starting pos 23: 1
Races won from starting pos 25: 1
Races won from starting pos 27: 1
Races won from starting pos 28: 1
Races won from starting pos 37: 1
Races won from the top 5: 65 of 118
Races won from the top 10: 87 of 118

Back to Back winners of the Coca-Cola 600:
Jimmie Johnson (3 in a row), 2003-2005
Jeff Gordon, 1997-1998
Dale Earnhardt, 1992-1993
Darrell Waltrip, 1988-1989
Neil Bonnett, 1982-1983
Darrell Waltrip, 1978-1979
Buddy Baker, 1972-1973

Winners of both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600:
2010-Kurt Busch - 11th in the Sprint Cup Championship
2008-Kasey Kahne - 15th in the Sprint Cup Championship
2003-Jimmie Johnson - 2nd in the Sprint Cup Championship
1997-Jeff Gordon - won the Sprint Cup Championship
1993-Dale Earnhardt - won the Sprint Cup Championship
1991-Davey Allison - came in 3rd in Drivers points
1985-Darrell Waltrip - won the Cup Championship [first year of all-star race]

Winners of the Coca-Cola 600, All-Star Race and Fall Race in same season: NONE

Triple at Charlotte? Never done:
No driver has won the Coca-Cola 600, All-Star race & the fall race at Charlotte:
2010-Kurt Busch - finished 30th in fall race
2008-Kasey Kahne - 2nd
2003-Jimmie Johnson - 3rd
1997-Jeff Gordon - 5th
1993-Dale Earnhardt - 3rd
1991-Davey Allison - 2nd
1985-Darrell Waltrip - 4th

Drivers who led at 500-mile mark, and won the Coca-Cola 600:
1996-Dale Jarrett
2004-Jimmie Johnson
2008-Kasey Kahne
2010-Kurt Busch
2012-Kasey Kahne
2016-Martin Truex Jr.

Most laps led in 600-mile race win at Charlotte (modern era)
• Martin Truex Jr., 2016 -- 392
• Jimmie Johnson, 2004 -- 334
• Richard Petty, 1977 -- 311
• Rusty Wallace, 1990 -- 306
• Davey Allison, 1991 -- 263
• Kurt Busch, 2010 -- 252

Track News and Announcements

Charlotte Motor Speedway installing synthetic turf: In preparation for a Fall Season of Speed like no other in its illustrious history, Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday began installing more than 88,000 square feet of Sports Fields Inc. synthetic turf on the frontstretch of the speedway's infield. The groundbreaking synthetic turf was first installed in October 2017 at the exit of Oval Turn 4 as a part of Charlotte Motor Speedway's innovative ROVAL™ course.[More](7-19-2018)

Teams wrap up testing on Charlotte Motor Speedway's ROVAL: Like the settlers of the Old West, NASCAR's top guns ventured into the great unknown - the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™ - for an up-close look at NASCAR's newest track during Tuesday's second and final ROVAL™ Test Fest. Drivers including Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon let the rough side drag around Charlotte's 2.28-mile, 17-turn road course oval before the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 race weekend Sept. 28-30. Busch set the day's fastest time, a one-minute, 16.9-second lap averaging 106.8 miles per hour during the afternoon session. Logano set the second-quickest time in the afternoon session - a 1:17.1-second lap - with A.J. Allmendinger third-fastest with a 1:17.4-second lap. Busch's 1:17.9-second lap was fastest in the morning session.[More](7-17-2018)

ROVAL Test Fest Educates Drivers, Teams and Fans: A collection of NASCAR's top drivers experienced their first up-close look at NASCAR's newest track on Tuesday, when ROVAL™ Test Fest roared to life on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™. Fans witnessed stars including Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin take part in high-speed shakedowns on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn road course oval that will be used in the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 race weekend Sept. 28-30.[More](7-10-2018)

Charlotte Motor Speedway introduces Bank of America ROVAL 400: Charlotte Motor Speedway expanded on its groundbreaking new era of innovation on Monday, with the unveiling of a new, dynamic logo for the Sept. 28-30 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 race weekend - which will feature the first playoff road course races in NASCAR history. The first-ever 400-kilometer Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 will be the longest road-course race in NASCAR.[More](7-9-2018)

Fan-friendly ROVAL test fest coming Tuesday: NASCAR's newest track will be race fans' newest playground on Tuesday, when the first of two ROVAL™ Test Fests commence at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As a high-speed prelude to the Sept. 30 Bank of America ROVAL™ race - the first road course playoff race in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history - fans can watch drivers and teams shake down their cars while enjoying premier amenities at the speedway's Whisky River.[More](7-6-2018)

Charlotte Roval race distance to be reduced: The race, which had been billed by the speedway as a 500 kilometer event, is being changed to a 400 kilometer event.[More](7-4-2018)

Race Fans Can Drive the ROVAL on July 14: Race fans will have a golden opportunity to experience NASCAR's newest track up close and personal on July 14, by driving their vehicles around the ROVAL™, Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course oval. Ticketholders to the Sept. 30 Bank of America ROVAL™ race can drive their personal vehicles in a FREE three-lap, Saturday-evening shakedown around the innovative, 2.28-mile course from 4-8 p.m. on July 14. Ticketholders can take part in the event by picking up a voucher in the speedway ticket office and signing appropriate waivers.[More](6-23-2018)

ROVAL testing open to the fans at Charlotte: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will test on the ROVAL, Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course oval, on Tuesday, July 10, and Tuesday, July 17. [More](6-15-2018)

Kyle Busch won the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The win is his 4th win of 2018, 1st win at Charlotte and 47th career win.
He dominated the race, starting on the pole, winning all four stages, leading 377 of the 400 laps and he has now won a race at every active track on the NASCAR Cup schedule.
#78-Truex, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #42-Larson, #41-Busch, #88-Bowman, and #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
Just 9 cars were on the lead lap at the finish.
There were 9 lead changes among 4 drivers and 11 cautions for 54 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 136.692mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings

Priceless prestige, glory and gifts await the winner of the Coca-Cola 600: There's an automatic berth in NASCAR's playoffs reserved for the winner of Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the driver who conquers racing's toughest test of man and machine will receive an array of prizes in addition to the prestige associated with winning one of racing's crown jewels.[More](5-24-2018)

Charlotte Motor Speedway readies for unrivaled Coca-Cola 600 pre-race Salute to the Troops: In a patriotic pre-race Salute to the Troops like no other on Memorial Day weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway will incorporate troops from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces amid a remarkable display of star power and firepower prior to Sunday's 59th running of the Coca-Cola 600.[More](5-23-2018)

Robert Irvine, Vi Lyles, Dave Doeren among Coca-Cola 600 dignitaries: In keeping with Charlotte Motor Speedway's patriotic Salute to the Troops before the Coca-Cola 600, Robert Irvine, a world-famous chef, author, philanthropist and military supporter - who became the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant in the Pentagon - will serve as grand marshal of the Memorial Day weekend spectacular. The Spirit of Hope Award-winning chef will give the command to start engines for the 59th running of the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's ultimate test of man and machine.[More](5-22-2018)

Can't-Miss attractions during Coca-Cola 600 race weekend: Charlotte Motor Speedway is only one week from dropping the green flag on the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's toughest test of man and machine. Before the high-octane racing action kicks off, here's a look at some things fans can't afford to miss when taking in the sensory overload that is the most patriotic race weekend of the year at America's Home for Racing:[More](5-21-2018)

Kevin Harvick wins the Monster Energy All-Star Race: #4-Kevin Harvick held off challenges through a final two-lap run to the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and $1 million.
#19-Suarez finished 2nd, followed by #22-Logano, #11-Hamlin, #9-Elliott, #48-Johnson, #42-Larson, #47-Allmendinger, #18-Busch, and #95-Kahne.
#4-Harvick also won the first and third segments, #18-Busch won the second segment.
There were 12 lead changes among 7 drivers and 8 cautions for 17 laps.
The average speed was 84.688mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)

All-Star Race dignitaries announced: It's only fitting that the biggest all-star weekend in sports will feature an all-star cast of dignitaries this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gibbs joins Machine Gun Kelly - one of rap music's preeminent artists - and Rampage Jackson, one of MMA's most famous fighters - as special dignitaries for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at America's Home for Racing, adding even more star power to the Saturday night showdown of racing's best drivers going wheel-to-wheel for $1 million.[More](5-14-2018)

Can't-miss attractions during Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race weekend: The biggest stars in NASCAR are just days from dueling for $1 million in the most remarkable all-star spectacle in sports, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As the excitement builds for the slam-bang, no-holds-barred test of speed and strategy, here's a look at some things fans can't afford to miss when taking in the sensory overload that is the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.[More](5-14-2018)

Can't-miss attractions during Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race weekend: The biggest stars in NASCAR are just days from dueling for $1 million in the most remarkable all-star spectacle in sports, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As the excitement builds for the slam-bang, no-holds-barred test of speed and strategy, here's a look at some things fans can't afford to miss when taking in the sensory overload that is the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.[More](5-14-2018)

Johnson, Truex Jr., Elliott headline driver autograph sessions during All-Star weekend: The biggest all-star weekend in sports will feature the biggest autograph session in NASCAR, as Charlotte Motor Speedway prepares to host a who's-who of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend for autograph sessions before the candle is lit on racing's all-star showcase of speed and excitement.[More](5-12-2018)

Drivers tackle Charlotte ROVAL in Goodyear tire test: Under clear skies and warm temperatures similar to what they'll expect in September, four of NASCAR's top drivers shook down the ROVAL™, Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course oval, in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday. The high-speed trial runs around Charlotte's 2.28-mile road course oval served as valuable experience for drivers making preparations for the Sept. 28-30 Bank of America 500, the first playoff road course race in NASCAR history.[More](5-1-2018)

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cabarrus Brewing Company unveil Redneck Hill craft beer: Following last year's historic rollout of 600 Ale, Charlotte Motor Speedway's first craft beer, the speedway and Cabarrus Brewing Company turned things up a notch on Monday with the unveiling of Redneck Hill - a spectacular, smooth, American Ale.[More](4-23-2018)

Charlotte Motor Speedway to deliver unprecedented Coca-Cola 600 pre-race military spectacular: Charlotte Motor Speedway will incorporate all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in an unprecedented, spectacular pre-race Salute to the Troops before the 59th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27. This year's edition of the Memorial Day weekend celebration will highlight the Department of Defense's "This is Your Military" initiative by paying tribute to each of the military branches, featuring special guests and showcasing vehicles and awe-inspiring displays of military prowess from the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard. Fans and drivers will also get to #KnowYourMil through interactions with service members.[More](4-19-2018)

Speedway Motorsports Inc. teams up with Square for credit card processing: Race fans can visit concessions stands and use major credit cards at stations which were previously cash-only. Fans can also pay with their phone using Apple Pay and Google Pay at concessions stands through the new point-of-sale system.[More](4-13-2018)

NASCAR's aero package for All-Star race includes restrictor plates: NASCAR will use an aerodynamic package for its May 19 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway that will include an engine restrictor plate and front aero ducts that will move the air to the side of the car before it hits the front wheel.[More](4-11-2018)

Rally named official bus rideshare partner of seven Speedway Motorsports, Inc. tracks: In keeping with its "Fans First" commitment, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have announced a new partnership with Rally that will save race fans valuable time and money during race weekends at seven of Speedway Motorsports' world-class facilities.[More](3-23-2018)

Eli Young Band performing pre-race concert at Coca-Cola 600: Get ready for the Eli Young Band to turn up the excitement prior to the legendary Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated country music superstars will amp up the most patriotic Memorial Day weekend event in sports, with the Coca-Cola 600 Pre-Race Concert electrifying a spectacular salute to the troops at America's Home for Racing.[More](3-22-2018)

Drivers take to Charlotte's ROVAL for tire test: A shortened-but-productive Goodyear tire test on the ROVAL™, Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course oval, saw four of NASCAR's top drivers take to the 2.28-mile course in advance of the Sept. 28-30 Bank of America 500. Trevor Bayne, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard and Kyle Busch made laps around the challenging circuit on Tuesday. Wednesday's portion has been tentatively rescheduled for May 1 due to inclement weather.[More](3-21-2018)

Alsco becomes title sponsor of May Charlotte XFINITY race: Alsco, a pioneer in linen and uniform rental services, has joined forces with one of racing's iconic tracks, Charlotte Motor Speedway, for a historic entitlement sponsorship of the Alsco 300 on May 26. Alsco's groundbreaking sponsorship of the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway coincides with the 40th anniversary of the inaugural running of one of the crown jewels on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule.[More](3-4-2018)

Cole Swindell to perform All-Star Race concert: Race fans will rock and roll with Cole before the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on May 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Platinum-selling singer and songwriter Cole Swindell will light up the biggest all-star event in sports with the Monster Energy All-Star Race Concert Presented by Rayovac Batteries, Kwikset, George Foreman and National Hardware. The concert is FREE with the purchase of any Monster Energy All-Star Race ticket.[More](2-12-2018)

Speedway Motorsports outlines 2018 fan initiatives: Continuing its "Fans First" approach and building on its lasting legacy of providing exceptional sports entertainment experiences, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have revealed new, cutting-edge developments at several speedways. "Speedway Motorsports works very hard to continually modernize our facilities, with the ultimate goal of providing fans with the very best amenities and experiences," said Marcus Smith, President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. [More](1-23-2018)

Charlotte Motor Speedway reveals faster, tougher Roval layout: Playoff drama will be at an all-time high this fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Monday, speedway officials revealed the finalized, revolutionary Roval layout ahead of the historic Bank of America 500 race weekend Sept. 28-30. The first road course race in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will see drivers attempt to tackle a 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course that features a faster infield portion and additional passing opportunities.[More](1-22-2018)

Sabates interested in Carolina Panthers ownership UPDATE: Over the previous week, Felix Sabates' name arose as a possible buyer for the Panthers. Sabates currently has minority ownership in Chip Ganassi Racing and a minority ownership role in the Charlotte Hornets, the region's National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise.(12-23-2017)
UPDATE: Felix Sabates, a Charlotte businessman who is part of a local group exploring a bid for the Carolina Panthers, said Wednesday he is talking to the Smith motorsports family about joining his group. Bruton Smith is executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports, the Concord-based operator of Charlotte Motor Speedway and other tracks, and his son, Marcus, is the CEO. In the past, they both have expressed interest in buying Charlotte's NFL team if it ever came up for sale.[More](1-11-2018)

Speedway Children's Charities to distribute more than $3.2 Million: Speedway Children's Charities officials announced today that the far-reaching nonprofit will distribute a record-setting amount of more than $3.2 million in grants to 435 charitable organizations across the country this year, bringing the total allocation amount to more than $52 million since the O. Bruton Smith family founded the nonprofit in 1982. Funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities chapters at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway totaled a staggering $3,270,240 in 2017.[More](12-8-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway's Black Friday Blowout event returns Nov. 24 with big savings at the gift shop and an opportunity for fans to drive their personal vehicles on the track with a $50 NASCAR or NHRA ticket or merchandise purchase or a $25 donation to Speedway Children's Charities. Charlotte Motor Speedway's annual Black Friday Blowout from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 features discounts on men's and women's apparel as well as diecast cars; Fans can drive their personal cars on the track with a $50 merchandise or ticket purchase, or a $25 donation to Speedway Children's Charities Fans can buy tickets to upcoming events by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/. Fans looking to experience the thrill of Charlotte Motor Speedway's high-banked turns will get their chance on Nov. 24, when Black Friday Blowout roars into Charlotte with exciting, once-a-year opportunities for fans and spectacular savings in the speedway gift shop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)[Read More Here](11-21-2017)

Possible change for Charlotte Roval: Charlotte Motor Speedway's Roval could be getting another course correction. NASCAR and Goodyear officials discussed last week the possibility of a change to the infield course of the Charlotte Roval, in particular the sharp final turn that takes cars back up onto the regular track in the area of Turn 1.[More](11-7-2017)

Drivers tackle Charlotte Motor Speedway's Roval in Goodyear tire test: Two days of Goodyear tire testing on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval concluded on Wednesday with drivers gearing up for next year's Bank of America 500 by lapping Charlotte's challenging, 18-turn, 2.4-mile course. Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray and Daniel Hemric tested tires for next year's Bank of America 500 on Sept. 28-30, 2018 - the first road course race in the 14-year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.[More](10-18-2017)

Goodyear to test location of chicane at Charlotte: Goodyear Tire officials said Sunday part of the first day of their two-day tire test next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway's infield road course will be spent determining the final location of the backstretch chicane. When the final design of the 2.4-mile course was unveiled last week, it included a permanently-designed chicane off Turn 4 and a temporary chicane entering Turn 3 on the backstretch.[More](10-15-2017)

Martin Truex, Jr. won the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 6th win of 2017, 2nd win at Charlotte and 13th career win. Truex took the lead in the pits, restarted as the leader with 51 laps to go and never looked back, despite NASCAR overtime after a late spin by #41-Busch.
Truex, Jr. is now locked into the NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8.
Chase Elliott finished 2nd (6th career 2nd place finish, no win yet) followed by #4-Harvick, pole sitter #11-Hamlin, #1-McMurray, #19-Suarez, #48-Johnson, #21-Blaney, #5-Kahne, and #10-Larson.
#18-Busch had the worst day of the playoff drivers. He hit the wall several times and finished 29th.
The start of the race was pushed up by more than an hour due to the threat of rain but weather did not materialize.
#78-Truex Jr. leads the driver points by 34 over #42-Larson.
#4-Harvick won stage 1 & 2 but finished 3rd.
There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and 10 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 139.128mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

Charlotte Motor Speedway presents Tony Eury Sr. with Smokey Yunick Award: Charlotte Motor Speedway presented legendary crew chief Tony Eury Sr. with the speedway's prestigious Smokey Yunick Award on Sunday prior to the Bank of America 500. Eury - a longtime crew chief of Dale Earnhardt Jr. - guided Earnhardt to two NASCAR XFINITY Series championships and 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories. Eury's considerable history in the sport led to 25 XFINITY Series wins with drivers including Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who makes his final Charlotte start as a full-time driver on Sunday.[More](10-8-2017)

Jennifer Anderson wins Better Half Dash at Charlotte: Jennifer Anderson sped to a hotly contested victory in Friday's seventh annual Better Half Dash Bandolero race during Bojangles' Pole Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 25-lap Bandolero battle among the better halves of NASCAR personalities saw Anderson prevail thanks to an impressive late-race restart over Tammy Rice and Kate Tomaino. Anderson got by Rice and race leader Paige Keselowski on Lap 17 of the popular event, which raises money for Motor Racing Outreach and driver-chosen charities.[More](10-6-2017)

Charlotte, Speedway Children's Charities establish Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion Research Fund: In honor of local hero Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s considerable contributions to the NASCAR community throughout his iconic career, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities have established the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion Research Fund at Carolinas Healthcare System's Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. The $100,000 gift underwrites ImPACT baseline concussion testing for more than 10,000 student athletes at 62 middle schools, high schools and athletic associations across eight area counties as well as Johnson C. Smith University and Gardner-Webb University. [More](10-6-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway reveals revolutionary synthetic turf, roval upgrades: Charlotte Motor Speedway has added another revolutionary "first" to its illustrious history. During this weekend's Bank of America 500, fans will notice a new frontstretch chicane developed with the installation of a Sports Fields Inc. synthetic turf. The new chicane and turf are located at the exit of Turn 4 and are part of a new layout for the speedway's 2018 Roval course. The innovative Roval will feature an 18-turn, 2.4-mile layout for the Bank of America 500 on Sept. 28-30, 2018 - the first road course race in the 14-year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.[More](10-5-2017)

Brad Paisley named Bank of America 500 grand marshal: Award-winning country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer Brad Paisley will serve as Grand Marshal for Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, joining a diverse list of dignitaries set to take the stage during the action-packed race weekend.[More](10-5-2017)

Charlotte to test enhanced Wi-Fi: Charlotte Motor Speedway and Panasonic have teamed up to test Everest™ Network Ultra-high density Wi-Fi access for race fans in select frontstretch seating areas during the Bank of America 500 race weekend.[More](10-5-2017)

Sam Bass' Bank of America 500 program artwork salutes Dale Jr.'s memorable career: Bass' 85th program cover for the speedway features a through-the-years look at Earnhardt, a third-generation star and a native of nearby Kannapolis, North Carolina. As a salute to Earnhardt's lifelong affiliation with the speedway, the Bank of America 500 cover provides a glimpse into Earnhardt's childhood memories of watching his famous father race at Charlotte. Earnhardt's history as a driver is also prominently featured - including a nod to his iconic victory in the 2000 Monster Energy All-Star Race, when Earnhardt became the first rookie to win NASCAR's all-star event.[More](10-4-2017)

Ten Can't-Miss Attractions during Bank of America 500 Weekend The ultimate mix of family-friendly entertainment and full-throttle excitement awaits race fans attending the Oct. 6-8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR's homecoming showcase marks the return of "Daylight Racing Time" to Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the first daytime-scheduled Bank of America 500 since 2002 promising to deliver high-octane, go-for-broke racing among 12 drivers eligible to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. As a lead-up to the limitless litany of events surrounding the Bank of America 500, see the list of 10 things no fan should miss HERE.
TICKETS: As a salute to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final Charlotte race as a full-time driver, adult tickets to the Bank of America 500 are available as a two-pack for $88 through Sunday and include a Dale Jr. bobblehead while supplies last. All adult tickets are good for admission to the Oct. 7 Brad Paisley concert presented by Wrangler and Nationwide at zMAX Dragway. For tickets, camping packages and upgrades, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)(10-3-2017)

'600 Ale' Soars onto Store Shelves The first officially licensed beer in Charlotte Motor Speedway history is ready to zoom into homes and provide race fans with "A Taste of the Race." Cans of "600 Ale" - an American Ale first produced by Cabarrus Brewing Company - will hit Charlotte-area store shelves beginning Friday (Spet 29, 2017) The beer will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. A popular choice among fans in May, 600 Ale provides fans with the ultimate tailgating beer for the Oct. 6-8 Bank of America 500 - NASCAR's homecoming showcase. The 600 Ale will also be available at concession stands throughout Bank of America 500 race weekend.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)(10-3-2017)

Jimmie Johnson, Breast Cancer Survivors and NASCAR XFINITY Series Drivers Paint Pit Wall Pink Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson joined breast cancer survivors, members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers to preview Breast Cancer Awareness Month by painting Charlotte Motor Speedway's pit wall pink on Wednesday. The fourth annual Paint Pit Wall Pink event honored those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer and provided a fun morning for hundreds of survivors, who joined the drivers in using 150 gallons of paint, 200 brushes and 200 rollers to turn the 1,500-foot pit wall pink. Those in attendance also assembled more than 2,000 care packages for breast cancer patients and unveiled a pink Toyota Camry pace car that will lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series field in the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on Oct. 7. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina presented a $60,000 check to Susan G. Komen as part of the event.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)[Read More Here](9-28-2017)

Charlotte offering Speedway College Party ticket program: College students looking to earn a degree in racing excitement will receive valuable credit during the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the new Speedway College Party ticket program, NASCAR's homecoming allows college students to rev up for race day with an unmatched array of entertainment value - and "tuition" requires just $29 and a valid student ID.[More](9-21-2017)

Richard Petty Headlines Oct. 5 'Dinner with the Legends': Race fans can kick off their Bank of America 500 weekend in style by meeting NASCAR legends including Richard Petty and Bobby Allison at the University of Racing's "Dinner with the Legends" event on Thursday, Oct. 5 in The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[More](9-19-2017)

Brad Paisley honors Dale Jr.'s Last Ride with JR Nation Appreci88ion tour concert: Before drivers battle in the afternoon sun during the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, stars will shine the night before at zMAX Dragway when award-winning country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer Brad Paisley lights up zMAX Dragway with a spectacular pre-race concert.[More](9-9-2017)

Country music star Carly Pearce to perform National Anthem for Oct. 8 Bank of America 500: The Bank of America 500 on Sunday, Oct. 8, brings race teams back for NASCAR's homecoming at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the iconic fall classic will also bring fans to their feet when breakthrough singer/songwriter Carly Pearce performs the national anthem. Lighting up the crowd with a spectacular rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," Pearce's appearance builds anticipation around her long-awaited debut album on Big Machine Records. [More](8-29-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway offering Dale Jr. bobblehead for Bank of America 500: Fans feeling mixed emotions about Dale Earnhardt Jr. making his final Monster Energy Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway have reason to smile with news of the speedway's latest promotion, which is sure to leave avid supporters shaking their heads in delight. For every two adult tickets purchased for the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 - Earnhardt Jr.'s final chance at an elusive Monster Energy Cup series victory at his home track - buyers will receive a commemorative keepsake bobblehead of NASCAR's 14-time most popular driver, while supplies last.[More](7-26-2017)

Speedway Motorsports announces digital partnership with ISM Connect: For nearly six decades, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has built and modernized its eight world-class motorsports properties to become the finest in the industry, offering unmatched spectator enjoyment, convenience and accessibility. Today, Speedway Motorsports announced its partnership with ISM Connect, a pioneer in sports venue digital activation, to bring the world's largest digital fan engagement network to its eight world-class venues. The new partnership and technology will debut at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 race weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 23-25, with full deployment at all Speedway Motorsports' facilities by 2018.[More](6-14-2017)

Austin Dillon wins at Charlotte: #3-Austin Dillon won the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 1st career win. The race came down to fuel mileage with Dillon able to save enough to finish. #48-Johnson led with 2 laps to go before running out of gas. Dillon led only the final lap of the race.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #77-Jones, polesitter #4-Harvick, #31-Newman, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
#78-Truex, Jr dominated most of the race, leading 233 laps on the night. He pitted with 32 laps remaining but could not get back to the lead before the race ended. He was passed by Busch on the final lap.
There was a 1 hour, 40 minute red flag for rain on lap 143.
#42-Larson finished 33rd, after an accident. He loses the points lead and is now 5 points behind Truex, Jr.
There were 23 lead changes among 10 drivers and 9 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 138.80mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Officail Race & Points Report

Charlotte Motor Speedway Introduces ROVAL for 2018 Bank of America 500 Known across the world as a trailblazing innovator, Charlotte Motor Speedway ushered in a thrilling new era of excitement with NASCAR's historic Tuesday scheduling announcement that next year's Bank of America 500 will be contested on Charlotte's ROVAL on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. The road course oval announcement carries with it several groundbreaking connotations, including:
The first road course NASCAR race in Charlotte Motor Speedway's 58-year existence;
The final event in Round 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs;
The first road course race in the 14-year history of the Playoffs;
The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in September at Charlotte Motor Speedway;
The first new track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule since Kentucky Speedway joined the circuit in 2011.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL is a daunting, new 13-turn, 2.4-mile road course incorporating part of the infield and all but 400 feet of Charlotte's iconic 1.5-mile oval on which drivers will race 500 kilometers over 130 laps. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series will compete on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30, 2018.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)[Read More Here](5-23-2017)

MRO High Heel Dash returns: High heels will lead to high-speed thrills on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when the better halves of NASCAR drivers and crew members race down pit road in stilettos in the third annual MRO High Heel Dash at 7 p.m. during LiftMaster Pole Night. The MRO High Heel Dash will include 12 wives and girlfriends of NASCAR drivers and team members, who will race down pit road in their high heels to raise money for and bring awareness to Motor Racing Outreach. [More](5-22-2017)

Race Recap: Kyle Busch finds his mojo at Charlotte with Monster Energy All-Star Race win: Kyle Busch took control of Saturday night's Monster Energy All-Star Race on the final restart with 10 laps left and motored away to a 1.274-second victory-his first in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[More](5-20-2017)

Waltrip shakes down 'Option' All-Star tires: A past winner of the Monster Energy All-Star Race shook down Goodyear's green-walled, faster "Option" tires on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as 1996 event winner Michael Waltrip tested the tires drivers can use one set of during Saturday night's $1 million dash for All-Star cash.[More](5-19-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway cans first batches of 600 Ale: Charlotte Motor Speedway added to its historic legacy in a unique manner on Wednesday, as 600 Ale - the speedway's first officially licensed beer - went into cans at Cabarrus Brewing Company. Cans of 600 Ale - a smooth American Ale - will be sold on speedway property during the May 19-28 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder.[More](5-18-2017)

Monster Energy All-Star Race dignitaries announced: Four operators of entirely different modes of transportation will help bring the Monster Energy All-Star Race to life on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[More](5-17-2017)

What's New at Charlotte Motor Speedway: An unrivaled showcase of entertainment and family-friendly attractions will spice up the May 19-28 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but this year's thrilling series of events also features a multitude of new things for fans to enjoy.[More](5-16-2017)

NASCAR adds fourth stage to Coca-Cola 600: NASCAR today announced the addition of a fourth stage to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an update that will provide fans with yet another opportunity for a memorable moment in a season already filled with them. The four stages in the 400-lap race will be uniformly set at 100 laps apiece.[More](5-15-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway Reveals Plans For Innovative Turn 4 Sun Deck Known for leading the way in innovation and creating unforgettable fan experiences, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials announced plans Friday for the facility's latest modernization project, a multipurpose fan enhancement that will literally energize the sport and offer fans a bevy of new ways to watch the thrilling on-track action during May's 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder and for many years to come. The Turn 4 Sun Deck is the speedway's latest cutting-edge offering for fans attending events at the iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway, adding to improvements over the decades that have included innovative lights for night racing, a giant 16,000-square-foot Speedway TV, condominiums overlooking the track and luxury dining experiences with The Speedway Club.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)[More](4-21-2017)

'Daylight Racing Time' Returns to Charlotte on Oct. 8 "Daylight Racing Time" is back at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Bank of America 500, NASCAR's homecoming, returns to its original afternoon starting time on Sunday, Oct. 8, in a move geared for on-track competition and a schedule-friendly weekend format for families. Charlotte's iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway hasn't scheduled a daytime Bank of America 500 since 2002, but a return to the traditional Friday-Saturday-Sunday format offers families an unmatched opportunity to enjoy two sun-drenched afternoons of racing at an affordable price. Kids' tickets cost just $10 for the Bank of America 500 and are FREE for every other event.
Bojangles' Pole Night remains under the lights at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 while the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina will run at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. The exhilarating second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begins with the Bank of America 500 at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 on NBC. Race times are subject to change. To purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades to the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder or the Bank of America 500, fans can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.[More](4-20-2017)

Advance Auto Parts named Official Auto Parts Retailer of Charlotte Motor Speedway: Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, has expanded its motorsports footprint by being named the Official Auto Parts Retailer of Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The nationally renowned company has a multi-year agreement with the speedway that will include Advance Auto Parts in-store speedway branding, digital and social media promotions and on-site ticket sales for select race events.[More](3-22-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway removing more seats NASCAR fans may soon notice some changes to the seating area around turn four at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As a cost-saving initiative, Speedway Motorsports - the local company that owns nine NASCAR tracks, including the one in Concord, NC - is removing some lower-demand seating areas and suites, according to a securities filing earlier this month. The company also said it will start offering "premium hospitality and entertainment activities" at the track. It is also considering installing solar panels at the Concord track as part of its "green initiatives," after the seat "re-purposing" project.(Charlotte Observer)[More](3-20-2017)

Facebook's Zuckerberg Hot-Laps Charlotte with Dale Jr. Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to innovation, but the CEO of Facebook tested the limits on something entirely new on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Zuckerberg joined Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a high-speed ride around the iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway before climbing behind the wheel of a NASCAR Racing Experience stock car. Zuckerberg's trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway is part of a year-long challenge that involves visiting every U.S. state and meeting with people to learn more from communities and help Facebook continue to positively influence the world. Zuckerberg's 800-horsepower adrenaline rush followed an earlier tour of the nearby Hendrick Motorsports facility and a meeting with Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith (CMS)[More](3-14-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway likely to use road course in 2018 UPDATE: Right turns in the Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway are on hold for 2017. Multiple sources within the NASCAR industry told NBC Sports that the 1.5-mile track will hold its Oct. 7 race on its oval after exploring the concept of using the road course. It's likely the track's road course will be used in the 2018 playoffs.(3-7-2017)

UPDATE: With Charlotte Motor Speedway using its 1.5-mile oval in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs this October, the track is in the process of considering the road course for 2018. In a phone call Thursday morning to NBC Sports, Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Marcus Smith addressed the prospect and said the track is making upgrades to its infield layout.[More](3-10-2017)

Former CMS SVP Dan Farrell will work with Palm Beach International Equestrian Center: Dan Farrell has been named Chief Revenue Officer of Equestrian Sport Productions. After seventeen years with Charlotte Motor Speedway, most recently as Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales, Farrell will be responsible for identifying, initiating and closing revenue opportunities at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Tryon International Equestrian Center, and The Colorado Horse Park. Responsibilities will include sponsorship, special events, corporate events and a variety of guest experiences. Farrell will also be responsible for the same business opportunities for the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 Tryon. Tryon International Equestrian Center is hosting the Games on September 10 through 23, 2018. Based on results from previous Games, the global event is expected to attract more than 500,000 attendees from over 70 nations during the two-week period. A sports management graduate of SUNY Courtland, Farrell has spent more than 20 years in sports sponsorship sales. He joined Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 1999 as Director of Sales for the Performance Racing Network (PRN) before being promoted to his most recent position in 2002. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales, Farrell led a team overseeing corporate sponsorships and entertainment, corporate event rentals and account management for properties including NASCAR, NHRA, World of Outlaws, concerts, and special events including the World Premier of Pixar's "Cars" and Ford Mustang's 50th Anniversary.(PR/GoUpdtate)(2-8-2017)

Road course race at Charlotte? UPDATE: Could a road course race be in Charlotte Motor Speedway's future? Last Friday, AJ Allmendinger tested on what was roughly a 2.3-mile circuit similar to Daytona International Speedway that incorporates both the infield in Turns 1 and 2 and the regular 1.5-mile oval according to multiple sources. The test was a collaboration between Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR. Sources said Charlotte could incorporate the road course as early as the All-Star Race, which is scheduled for May 20. It's more likely the road course would be used for the fall Chase race on Oct. 7. Fans have been clamoring for a road course in NASCAR's playoffs and Charlotte could offer the perfect solution. Certainly, if the Charlotte plan comes to fruition, transitioning to a road course could be an option at other facilities. Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway, for instance, already feature road courses as part of their landscape.(Motorsport)(1-20-2017)
UPDATE: A.J. Allmendinger was asked about the test during Tuesday's media events:
"Here's the deal... I don't know what's going to happen. I thought it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. You can bring something new to the schedule and something new if it was done. I'm all for it. I'm probably biased toward that. It's kind of like the new format. Change can be good and it can be a little scary. We have to see how it plays out. But could it be successful? I think it would be a fantastic race and something the fans could truly enjoy."(Chevy PR)(1-24-2017)

Bruton and Marcus Smith interested in Major League Soccer team: Major League Soccer executives confirmed that they have been in talks with Bruton and Marcus Smith as potential owners of an expansion team in Charlotte. Charlotte and Raleigh are among the latest 10 cities that have expressed interest in landing an MLS team. In a call with reporters Thursday evening, Commissioner Don Garber said the Smiths have "a lot of energy, and lots of professional sports experience." Bruton Smith is a billionaire race track owner and a recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee. His son, Marcus, is CEO of Speedway Motorsports, based in Concord. The two have also said they would be interested in buying the Carolina Panthers when the franchise becomes available. In an emailed statement to the Observer, Marcus Smith said he is "very interested" in bringing an MLS team to Charlotte. Interested expansion owners must submit their applications by Jan. 31. The two first expansion teams - which would be the 25th and 26th in the league - would have to pay an expansion fee of $150 million each, and will be announced during the second or third quarter of 2017. They would begin play by 2020, MLS said. The owner of the Charlotte Independence soccer team has said that Memorial Stadium could be expanded if the city ever landed a Major League Soccer franchise. Raleigh's North Carolina F.C., which operated as the Carolina RailHawks for 10 years, recently launched its own campaign to land an MLS team. The MLS currently has 20 teams, and it recently announced three expansion teams slotted to join over the next two years: Los Angeles F.C., Minnesota United and Atlanta United. MLS also says it is "making progress" with plans for an expansion team in Miami as well.(Charlotte Observer)(12-18-2016)

Cox Promoted to VP of Business Development for Speedway Motorsports: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has promoted Kentucky Speedway Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Cox to Vice President of Business Development for Speedway Motorsports. Cox, who joined the Speedway Motorsports family in August of 2004 as senior director of business development for Charlotte Motor Speedway, is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He worked for Charlotte Motor Speedway until February of 2012 when Cox made a move to Kentucky Speedway where he supervised all aspects of Corporate Sales, Ticket Sales/Operations and Consumer Marketing. In his new role, Cox will be responsible for maximizing revenues for Speedway Motorsports through customer retention as well as developing new business opportunities for the company.(Speedway Motorsports)(12-18-2016)

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Veteran Executives Receive Promotions: Two veteran businessmen within Speedway Motorsports, Inc. received promotions as Mike Burch was named chief strategy officer, while Braun Smith was promoted to vice president of national sales and marketing. The promotions were announced by Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith.
"Combined, these veteran executives bring more than 30 years of business experience to the table, and their promotions help position Speedway Motorsports at the forefront of business development well into the future," Marcus Smith said. "We are fortunate to have such strong leadership within our company and I look forward to the contributions each will make as we continue to set the bar for excellence in entertainment."
In his new role, Burch will develop, communicate and execute strategic plans and initiatives across all areas of the company and work with key business partners on growing mutually beneficial relationships.
Burch, who joined Speedway Motorsports in 2003 as director of business development, most recently served the role of senior vice president of national sales and marketing. He earned a master's degree in sports management from Georgia Southern University before working with several NBA teams, including the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets.
Burch was named vice president of marketing for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets in 2000, a position he held until 2002. He then founded Upsell Sports, providing marketing and sales representation for several Charlotte area sports and entertainment properties, before joining Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
In his new role, Braun Smith will be responsible for national sponsorship sales efforts as well as Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s overall corporate sponsorship revenue.
Smith joined Speedway Motorsports in 1999 as director for special projects at Texas Motor Speedway. In 2000, Smith moved to Charlotte, working in Speedway Motorsports' zMAX Micro-lubricant subsidiary. During that time, Smith also worked as an account executive for the Performance Racing Network, a position he held until 2005. After a brief stint as director of business development with SMI Properties in 2005, Smith was named general manager of Arena Racing at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2006. He returned to Speedway Motorsports in 2008 to work in the national marketing and sales department.(CMS)(11-30-2016)

Black Friday at Charlotte includes opportunity to drive on track: One of the world's most unique Black Friday spectacles returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway Nov. 25, when Black Friday Blowout revs into high gear with once-a-year opportunities for fans and tremendous savings in the gift shop from 8:00am-4:00pm. Fans can drive their personal cars on the track - the only chance all year to share the same asphalt as legends like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson - by spending $50 on merchandise or tickets to 2017 NASCAR or NHRA events, or donating $25 to Speedway Children's Charities.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)(11-24-2016)

Walter named Executive VP at Charlotte: Greg Walter, a 17-year veteran of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., was promoted from within the company to the role of executive vice president of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports' President and CEO Marcus Smith announced. In his new role, Walter will oversee daily operations of the motorsports megaplex campus, which includes the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway as well as zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. He will report to Smith. Walter joined Speedway Motorsports in 1999 as vice president of sales for Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 2014, Walter was promoted to the Speedway Motorsports national sales team, where he was responsible for identifying and building partnerships at the eight world-class racing facilities in the Speedway Motorsports portfolio.(CMS)(11-23-2016)

Marcus Smith confirms interest in Carolina Panthers: Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and Charlotte Motor Speedway general manager Marcus Smith, during a Wednesday interview with the Observer, affirmed what his father said last month: The Smiths would be interested in eventually purchasing the Carolina Panthers. Bruton Smith, a billionaire track owner and recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, told Motorsport.com last month that his sons want him to buy the NFL franchise when it becomes available. The younger Smith said there's definitely interest. "It's just one of those things where it's not even on the market," Marcus Smith said Wednesday. "Would we be interested? Yeah. It would be an incredible opportunity and such a neat opportunity and property for anybody to be able to shepherd into the future. We're in the sports entertainment world now and we love what we do, and (I) think it'd be fun to do more of it."(Charlotte Observer)(4-13-2016)

Bruton Smith interested in buying the Carolina Panthers: With an already sold-out college football game, dubbed the Battle at Bristol, being held at his historic Bristol Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Incorporated's Chairman, O. Bruton Smith, appears ready to branch out into other sports-related genres - specifically the NFL and the possible purchase of the Carolina Panthers. During an interview with Kickin' the Tires and Motorsports.com this past week, Smith admitted that he has always been interested in the Panthers and now might be the time for him to make a play that would bring football and motorsports closer together. "You stepped into this but it's odd that you did because we were talking about this today," Smith said. "Would we buy them? I've got some boys (his sons, Marcus and Scott), they want me to. And so we may, on a weak moment, we might would do that." [Panthers' owner Jerry] Richardson, who is 79-years-old, is said to have mandated that the team be sold within two years of his death, according to an article in Charlotte Business Journal in 2013. That mandate also has a caveat, which would be to keep the team in Charlotte. Smith would fit the bill since he is a Charlotte native and has historically expressed interest in the football franchise. Now that the Panthers have made yet another trip to the Super Bowl, some might suspect that the price would be too much for Smith to be seriously interested in buying the team but he countered that isn't the case. And with thousands of people on a waiting list for the upcoming game between the University of Tennesee Volunteers and the Virgina Tech Hokies, Smith may be seeing big dollar signs. "Not necessarily ... they didn't win," Smith said. "So, you are buying a losing team but if they would have won it would be different."(KickinTheTires)(4-12-2016)

Bruton Smith cancer free: Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s O. Bruton Smith is reportedly cancer free. Smith's daughter-in-law (Cassi Mitchell Smith) spread the good news Tuesday via Twitter. BMS officials confirmed Twitter post saying, "the news from Bruton's most recent screening was confirmed by SMI. Great news!" Back in August, with the speedway as his backdrop, Smith announced that doctors treated him for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier in the summer.(WJHL)(12-16-2015)

Bruton Smith reveals non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis: After battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this summer, Speedway Motorsports Inc. Executive Chairman (and NASCAR Hall of Fame, Class of 2016) Bruton Smith is attending this week's NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway. The following are comments Bruton and his son, SMI CEO and President Marcus Smith, made earlier Friday about his health and return to the speedway for Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol.
Bruton Smith, Executive Chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
"The doctors said I probably needed a bit of a rest and I got that. And I probably needed it. You see, I could depend on Marcus. SMI - they can easily do with my absence. He knows what he's doing. He's doing a great job and I'm proud of him. I hate to miss any of our races. I really do. It's kind of heartbreaking, really. I like to be there to see what's going on. I enjoy what I do. I like the automobile business. I'm into that. I love the racing business. I want to contribute more and more and more. You hear us preach about fan friendly and we're into that and we want to do more on it. I think that is a driver for me to just do more things. I just like what I do. We've done an awful lot of things, as you know. I enjoy the contributions I've been able to make to the sport."
Marcus Smith, CEO and President of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "We talked about this for the last few days actually, about having a conversation because health and personal matters are personal. The family, we're private about personal matters. A lot of people have asked me about, where's Bruton? How's he feeling? I'm really excited about this weekend because Bristol was a goal. For us. For my dad. The time was such that it was a good goal to try to hit to be healthy and strong. Back around the All-Star Race in May, my dad had not been feeling 100% and a little bit prior. Coming back, people might think that because he lost weight that something was wrong. I thought it was better to tell the good part of the story. We knew something was wrong and he just wasn't feeling right. We went to the doctor and did a lot of tests and they made a diagnosis of lymphoma, and it's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. According to the doctors, it's the kind you want to have. It's the most treatable. We were encouraged by that. The really good news is, through the process, treatment and ups and downs and having Bristol as a goal to be healthy by, we're back here and the last word from the doctor was things have been really good. He's progressed beyond expectations they all had and we're very thankful about that of course and they have given a really good prognosis on his health. In short, he's responded really well to treatment and even beyond the expectations from the doctors. We've had a lot of family time and friends, and a lot of support. I'm happy that he's back in Bristol to be able to enjoy it."
(Charlotte Motor Speedway PR)(8-22-2015)

Coca-Cola extends partnership with Speedway Motorsports: The Coca-Cola Company has extended their long-term partnership with Speedway Motorsports, Inc. through 2020, ensuring that race fans across the country can continue to cheer on their favorite Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers at premier motorsports facilities with ice cold, delicious Coca-Cola refreshment. For more than 30 years, Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports have brought race fans together, enhancing event experiences and providing countless wonderful memories. The partnership renewal celebrates the longevity of their partnership as Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports continue to create the ultimate race day experience for fans across the country. In the renewed agreement, Coca-Cola, along with an array of sparkling and still beverage options, will continue as the "Official Soft Drink," "Official Sparkling Beverage," "Official Water, "Official Sports Drink" and "Official Enhanced Water" for seven Speedway Motorsports facilities (Atlanta, Charlotte, Sonoma, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire and Texas). The agreement retains all non-alcoholic beverages at Atlanta, Charlotte and New Hampshire. The renewal also includes title sponsorship of the Coca-Cola 600, the longest continuous sponsorship of any race in NASCAR, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coca-Cola, along with Speedway Motorsports, will ensure all of these tracks remain premier destinations for NASCAR fans across the nation for years to come.
"For more than 30 years, Coca-Cola has been refreshing fans at the world's greatest speedways. What better place to share a Coke over our renewed partnership than at the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend," said Ivan Pollard, Senior Vice President, Connections, Investment and Assets, Coca-Cola North America.
"Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports share the same passion for entertaining fans and providing the ultimate race day experience. Our partnership renewal celebrates the heritage of this relationship in bringing fans closer to Coca-Cola and the sport they love the most."
"Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports have been making memories together for more than 30 years by honoring our troops, celebrating our passion for racing and creating spectacular experiences for our fans," said Marcus Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "Coca-Cola is the world's most-respected and recognizable brand, and it's an honor to extend our partnership into its fourth decade. We look forward to serving our fans refreshing excitement both on and off the track for years to come."
Coca-Cola is a global brand with deep roots in local communities. Through this partnership extension, Coca-Cola and Speedway Motorsports will continue to create programs that engage race fans at Speedway Motorsports facilities in the local markets and regions where the speedways are located. By creating these unique experiences, Coca-Cola will connect with race fans at every level -- locally, nationally, at the track, in store, at home and elsewhere.(CMS)(5-24-2015)

Marcus Smith now CEO of SMI: The board of directors for Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has named O. Bruton Smith as executive chairman and Marcus G. Smith as chief executive officer in a realignment of executive officers, the board announced Wednesday. O. Bruton Smith, who has served as chairman and chief executive officer since Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s initial public offering in 1995, will report directly to the board of directors, working closely with the board and the chief executive officer to engage in the overall leadership and strategic direction of the company, guide senior management, coordinate activities of the board and communicate with the company's key stakeholders. In an expanded role, Marcus G. Smith, who has served as Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s president and chief operating officer since 2008, will work closely with the executive chairman to manage day-to-day operations of the company, provide overall leadership and strategic direction and communicate with key stakeholders. Smith will maintain his roles and titles of president of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, positions he has held since 2008. The realignment, approved Wednesday by the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. board of directors, is effective immediately.(Speedway Motorsports)(2-12-2015)

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