Charlotte Motor Speedway

February 9, 2009 by  
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As of 2010 Lowe’s Motor Speedway became Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Stock car racing is extremely popular in South Concord, North Carolina. Designed and built in 1959 by O. Bruton Smith and the late Curtis Turner, Charlotte Motor Speedway (previously Lowe’s Motor Speedway) remains one of the premier racing locations in the United States.

Smith and Turner, together they built their dream of a 1.5-mile super-speedway on the outskirts of The Queen City and, on June 19, 1960, the first World 600 was run at this new facility. It took nearly 25 years for Lowe’s Motor Speedway to come of age. The Smith Tower – a 135,000-square-foot, seven-story facility connected to the speedway’s grandstands – was erected and opened in 1988. The building houses the speedway’s corporate offices, ticket office, souvenir gift shop, leased office space and The Speedway Club, an exclusive dining and entertainment facility.

Another innovation was a $1.7 million, 1,200-fixture permanent lighting system developed by MUSCO Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa. The revolutionary lighting process uses mirrors to simulate daylight without glare, shadows, or obtrusive light poles. The lighting system was installed in 1992, allowing Lowe’s Motor Speedway to be the first modern super-speedway to host night auto racing.

In addition to the 1.5-mile quad oval, the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex includes a 2.25-mile road course and a six-tenths-mile karting layout in the speedway’s infield; a quarter-mile asphalt oval utilizing part of the speedway’s front-stretch and pit road; and a one-fifth-mile oval located outside turn three of the super-speedway.

With those kinds of track conditions, it’s no wonder the schedule of racing events at Charlotte Motor Speedway reads like a Who’s Who of NASCAR: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events, two NASCAR Busch Series races and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event are among the major events held on the 1.5-mile super-speedway. The Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Fast Track High Performance Driving School also use the track extensively throughout the year.

Most recently, the track added a new garage area for the NASCAR Busch Series, a new state-of-the-art media facility and additional restrooms and showers for use by those enjoying the action from the speedway’s infield. These additions are all part of a long-term project calling for additional grandstand seating, infrastructure improvements, spectator amenities and the development of adjacent land for possible commercial real estate ventures.

Charlotte Motor Speedway: tradition only takes you so far. After that, it’s a matter of speed and innovation. Oh, and a seating capacity of nearly 170,000 doesn’t hurt either.

Pocono Raceway

February 9, 2009 by  
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The very name inspires awe amongst Pocono Raceway has hosted such great racing events. Much of the secret NASCAR ingredients at this scenic location must be the deceptive banking. Although inclines on the 3 turns at Pocono never exceed 14 degrees, and one turn has banking of just 6 degrees, the variations in each turn baffle most drivers. Negotiating such varying conditions over the 2.5 mile lap length is a special challenge at Pocono. The distance of the straight allows competitors to jockey for positions, as does the relatively wide track at this key stretch. You can never be sure of the ultimate winner at a Pocono NASCAR event!

NASCAR racing is as much about the human spirit in meeting challenges, as it is about the technical excellence of machines and top driving skills. Pocono is special in this human sense as well, because the race track has faced natural disasters and set-backs, and come up trumps each time. The Mattioli family, which owns the Pocono Raceway, has shown true grit, and abiding commitment to NASCAR racing, by keeping the track operational through tough times, and the splendid results are there for all of us to see now!

The backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains gives the Pocono Raceway a picturesque setting, and the camping facilities are of such a high recreation quality, that you can enjoy a visit here even if auto racing is not a passion. The race track also has a festive air about it. The entire family can have a wonderful time at Pocono, even as die-hard NASCAR followers get their thrills! However, the New York and Pennsylvania NASCAR attractions are sure to lure you away from Pocono sooner than you think, as these two major auto racing centers are so close at hand. Think of NASCAR fans, because the Pocono Raceway as a part of the golden triangle of the NASCAR circuit, and make it a point to vacation here every year! Remember that Pocono hosts events for car and motor cycle clubs, as well as special driving schools, on days without NASCAR events, so you can drop in at any time of the year.

Kansas Speedway

February 9, 2009 by  
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Kansas Speedway is conveniently located just 15 miles from downtown of Kansas City in the USA. With a history extending back to 1996, Kansas Speedway is a relatively young NASCAR track. Providing great NASCAR racing and top facilities, a day spent at Kansas Speedway is well worth it. NASCAR track Kansas Speedway is host to numerous events including NASCAR, IRL and ARCA races as well as community programs and driving schools. This great racing track is always filled with fun and good times, so why not check it out.

In October of 1996 the International Speedway Corporation came up with the idea to construct a race track in the Midwest of the USA. They selected Kansas City in 1997 as the site of a new speedway. 1998 saw the approval of financing for the project and construction began. In July 1999 the Kansas Speedway launched ticket sales with a great initiative, the Found Fan PASS which would allow ticket holders access to the best seats and other benefits. The NASCAR and the IRL made an announcement in May 2000 that they will be including events at Kansas Speedway on their calendar in 2001. On 21 August 2000 tickets for Kansas city Speedway went on sale internationally, and within 5 days almost 80% of all the tickets for the inaugural season were sold.

Visitors were allowed into Kansas Speedway for the first time on 2 June 2001 to watch the NASCAR Winston West Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series. In May 2001 the Kansas Speedway was named a tourism leader by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and awarded accordingly. The first NASCAR Winston Cup Series to be held at Kansas Speedway took place on 29 September 2001 with Jeff Gordon gaining the victory. Since then the Kansas Speedway continues to attract massive crowds of eager racing fans to watch a number of thrilling events.

Kansas Speedway is a tri-oval track measuring 1.5 miles. The banking is 15 degrees in the turns and the track pavement width is at 55 feet. This fine speedway makes use of the SAFER Barrier (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction System). The grandstands are able to seat some 82 000 spectators and are set to be increased to a 150 000 capacity. Free parking is available for over 65 000 vehicles and visitors are certain to be able to make use of public transportation on race days. So, if NASCAR racing is your passion, head off to Kansas Speedway.

Now You Can Learn to be an Auto Race Car Driver

April 17, 2006 by  
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Who wouldn’t envy the opportunity to slip behind the wheel of a Formula 1 or NASCAR race car? Who hasn’t dreamed of what it actually feels like to break out of a curve and hit the straightaway at speeds in excess of 250 miles an hour? The Finish Line Racing School aims to do just that. More than just an extreme sport opportunity, the Finish Line Racing School offers a solid introduction and foundation for anyone who has dreamed of a career as a race car driver.

Race car driving is an expensive habit and when it comes to teaching, the Finish Line Racing School is no exception. Two of their most popular courses, the “Competition Driving Course” (2 days, 86 laps) and “Race to Win/Advanced Course” (3 days, 138 laps) cost just over $3000 and $4000 dollars respectively.

You’re not going to become a professional driver in just a few days, but with this introduction to the sport you’ll soon realize whether your race car fantasy is something that’s actually attainable or whether it’s better to relegate your racing from a comfortable position on the living room couch.

Contact the Finish Line Racing School online for more information.