The Charlotte Motor Speedway located in Concord, North Carolina and is home to several NASCAR racing events including the Coca-Cola 600, the Bank of America 500, and the NASCAR All-Star Race. The track is a 1.5-mile oval and seats 94,000 to 171,000 depending on the track’s configuration. The speedway was built by Bruton Smith in 1959.
Since opening, the Charlotte Motor Speedway has undergone numerous renovations. One of the most notable occurred in 1984 when 40 condos were built overlooking the first turn making the Charlotte Motor Speedway the first sports facility in the United States to feature year-round living accommodations. A few years later, 1,200 permanent lighting fixtures were installed making it the largest lighted Speedway in the country. Most recently, the then world’s largest video board was installed at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2010.
In addition to hosting NASCAR races, the Charlotte Motor Speedway also has hosted a variety of other racing types. The speedway hosted IndyCar from 1997 to 1999, and today hosts NHRA, World of Outlaws, and MXGP racing.