"Lowe's Motor Speedway" Top 5 Page for this destination Sports Tip by etfromnc

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In many minds, the North Carolina mountains were the birthplace of stock car racing. Junior Johnson, one of the early National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) champions, made no attempts to hide the fact that his earliest fast driving might have involved "revenooers" (government agents charged with controlling the production and distribution of illegal, non-tax paid alcoholic beverages) chasing him through the hills of Western North Carolina. They've come a long way in 60 years. Lowe's (formerly Charlotte) Motor Speedway was the first of Nascar's superspeedways and is the only one to feature three weekends each year of racing by NASCAR's elite drivers (currently called the Sprint Cup). For about 10 days in May and another week in October, Charlotte becomes the mecca of racing fans, even if it does have to share that last weekend in May (Memorial Day Weekend) with Indianapolis. From celebrations which literally shut down center city Charlotte to testing, time trials, and the big races themselves, Charlotte seems to revolve around speed for those three weeks.

Address: Hwy 29 north of Charlotte at Speedway Blvd.
Directions: About two miles north of I-485 on Hwy 29 or about two miles off of I-85 on Speedway Blvd.

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  • Updated Mar 5, 2009
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