Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Charlotte Motor Speedway and other NASCAR tracks will start asking fans not to display Confederate flags. 

Confederate flags and paraphernalia are common sights at NASCAR races in the South. Fans fly them in the campgrounds and wear them in the stands.

Now, all the NASCAR tracks that host top-flight races are trying to change that. In a statement, they said quote: we are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols.

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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.

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.

Folt installed as UNC's new chancellor

Oct 13, 2013

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.

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

Jun 5, 2013
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. 

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.

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.

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:

Race Week Kicks Off In The Dirt

Oct 12, 2012
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: