NASCAR

Michael Tomsic

NASCAR is overhauling its playoff system to create a winner-take-all final race. The sport's executives announced the changes Thursday in Charlotte. It'll make NASCAR's postseason simpler and more similar to other professional sports.


Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR is changing the way drivers qualify for races this season to add excitement to the days leading up to the race. And Thursday in Charlotte, drivers and speedway executives expect NASCAR to announce huge changes to the sport's playoff system.


Mosaic Mural Of Dale Jr. For Auction On eBay

Jan 14, 2014
eBay

This weekend, bidding began on an almost-life-sized mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. A print of the digital mosaic mural is made up of more than 1,151 photos submitted by fans between May and December 2013. 

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.

Humpy Wheeler has always been vocal about his opinions in the world of stock car racing, and isn't afraid to ruffle the feathers of NASCAR executives and even his former employers at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Recently, Mr. Wheeler spoke about how those in positions of power in NASCAR "got too fancy and messed up" the sport. Today, Humpy Wheeler joins us to talk about why he thinks this and what he plans to do about it.

Film and TV producers lobby to keep N.C. incentives

Aug 11, 2013

Film and TV producers are warning that North Carolina could lose thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment if it doesn't extend a state incentive program set to expire at the end of 2014. The Motion Picture Association of America wrote to state officials four days before the Legislature adjourned recently, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Power Finally Coming Back On After Storms

Jun 16, 2013

Utility crews are still cleaning up after Thursday night’s severe storms across the Carolinas and some customers are still without power, including in the Winston-Salem area, Salisbury, and Rockingham. Duke Energy says those customers may not get power back until Sunday.

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. 


NASCAR CEO Hopes Fall Race Stays Here

May 26, 2013

NASCAR officials are concerned about the possibility that Charlotte Motor Speedway might lose one of its two big annual Sprint Cup races. NASCAR CEO Brian France said Saturday he would prefer that the speedway’s fall race remain in Charlotte. Speedway Motor Sports CEO Bruton Smith said last week in an interview with WBTV there was a 70 percent chance he'd move Charlotte's fall race to another track he owns, in Las Vegas. That couldn't happen without NASCAR's approval. In a conversation with reporters Saturday, France said Smith hasn’t contacted NASCAR about a possible move yet.

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