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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.

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.


Michael Tomsic

Speed week at the Charlotte Motor Speedway concludes Sunday with the Coca-Cola 600. The track will have another Sprint Cup race in October. But it could be the last fall race – Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith said this week there’s a strong chance he’ll move that one to another track he owns in Las Vegas.

That would be another blow for NASCAR’s Southern fan base. But the circumstances surrounding this possible move are different from when races left other Southern cities.


JCSU Graduation Honors Andrew Young, Mayor Foxx

May 19, 2013

College graduation season continued in the Charlotte area Sunday morning, with commencement ceremonies at Johnson C. Smith University and Davidson College.  Ambassador and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young was the guest speaker at J.C. Smith’s 141st graduation, which began at 8am at the university’s Irwin Belk Complex. The university presented honorary degrees to Young and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

Report Says Bobcats Begin Process To Become Hornets

May 18, 2013

It looks like the Charlotte Bobcats are getting closer to that big name change that’s been rumored for months. CBSSports.com is reporting that the city’s pro basketball team has begun the process of changing its name to the Hornets. That was the name of Charlotte’s former NBA team, which moved to New Orleans.

Unsealed Documents Shine Light On NASCAR Leader's Holdings

May 9, 2013

Newly unsealed documents in the divorce case of NASCAR Chairman Brian France provide a rare glimpse into how much money the privately held racing organization has generated for the France family.

France’s assets totaled more than $550 million in 2005, according to a financial statement included in the 1,500 pages of documents.

Owned and controlled by the France family, NASCAR paid Brian France more than $9 million in 2004, the documents show.

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