Charlotte Motor Speedway

Local News
4:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

NASCAR Heads Into 2015 With Playoff Momentum, Big TV Contract, But Fewer Seats

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.
Credit 303102Patrick Smith/Getty Images / NASCARmedia.com

NASCAR goes into its next season with a giant new TV contract and a revamped playoff system that led to wrecks, fights and some higher ratings last year. The sport's executives say the changes made last season one of the most thrilling in the past decade, and that even casual fans took notice. But the sport is still nowhere near as well-viewed or attended as it was before the recession.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield Goes Racing For Obamacare Customers

The entrance to Blue Cross Blue Shield's part of the fan zone is right near Bojangles' and Krispy Kreme trucks.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Fast cars, greasy food, cold beer and a health insurance quote. Racing fans could find all those things Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blue Cross Blue Shield set up shop at the NASCAR race to tell people about how health care laws are changing, and find new customers in the process.

Just past a booth selling Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, the smells of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Bojangles’ fried chicken mix together right before you come across North Carolina’s largest health insurance company.

Welcome to the Bank of America 500.

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Sunday Headlines
12:25 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Folt installed as UNC's new chancellor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill installed its 11th chancellor on Saturday, the first woman to hold the position. Carol Folt is the former interim president at Dartmouth College. Folt said during the ceremony she was overwhelmed by "Carolina warmth and a Tar Heel welcome." She replaces Holden Thorp, UNC-Chapel Hill’s leader since 2008.

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Extreme Sports
9:33 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Wow-ing ESPN Executives In X-Games Bid With Racing

Travis Pastrana stands in front of the main race track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to promote Charlotte's bid to host the X Games.
Tasnim Shamma

ESPN executives toured the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday to see if it would make a good site to host the summer X Games. The X Games is a four-day event of extreme sports such as BMX freestyle, skateboarding and motorbike competitions. Charlotte is one of four cities ESPN is considering to host the games for three years, starting next summer. 


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Local News
11:21 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Thick Nylon Rope Falls, Injures 10 Fans At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Troops line the infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Memorial Day celebration for the Coca-Cola 600. The FOX overhanging camera system stretches across the speedway on the left.
Michael Tomsic

Ten fans were injured last night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Three were taken to hospitals and later released. They were hurt after a thick nylon rope that was part of an overhead camera system fell over the grandstands.


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Local News
10:12 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Behind The Scenes At The Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tommy Williams is one of the employees at the Charlotte Motor Speedway making sure firefighters and paramedics have what they need.
Michael Tomsic

Roughly 100,000 fans will pour into the Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday evening for the Coca-Cola 600.

There will also be thousands of people there who aren’t watching the race, driving a car or working in the garages. They’re the volunteers and employees who take care of everything behind the scenes.


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Local News
3:25 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Is That A NASCAR Race Car Driving Around Uptown?

Credit Charlotte Motor Speedway

You may see a few NASCAR race cars cruising through uptown Charlotte later this week. That's one of the upcoming highlights of the Sprint Media Tour, the sport's annual preseason showcase hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The media tour brings NASCAR's top drivers, team owners and personalities to the Charlotte area this week. Charlotte Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Scott Cooper told reporters in Concord Monday morning that the idea is pretty simple:

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Local News Features
12:17 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Race Week Kicks Off In The Dirt

The third crash of the night at the Circle K Late Model Showdown led to a totaled car. The driver was able to get out safely.
Tasnim Shamma

Another Race Week is underway. The Bank of America 500 takes place Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The buzz that surrounds racing is a new experience for many newcomers to the Charlotte area, including WFAE’s Tasnim Shamma. She’s from New York City – not exactly a NASCAR hotbed. But she's determined to learn about the sport, and the pull it has with fans. So she attended one of this week’s smaller races held as part of Race Week. It was a dirt-track event known as the Circle K Late Model Showdown. She shares some of her observations:  

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