Concord Motorsport Park: it’s about the need for speed. In fact, Concord Motorsport Park is one of the fastest short tracks in the country. The USAR Hooters Pro Cup holds one of its most exciting events there each year. Fans from all over the Eastern Seaboard come to Concord Motorsport Park for the North-South Shootout Modified event every fall. Founded in 1982 – Concord is considered the new kid in town (compared to, for example, Lowes Motorsport Park which was opened in 1959 – now known as Charlotte Motor Speedway) – starting out as a 4/10th mile “outlaw” dirt oval. The track was paved in 1987 and came under NASCAR sanction the following year. Subsequent to the original construction, the original owner built a 1/4 mile dirt oval next to the original expanded oval, and then extended the original track to 1/2 mile.
Concord Motorsport Park is a complex of three oval tracks located near Concord, North Carolina. The three tracks are a 1/2 mile paved tri-oval, a 1/4 mile paved oval, and a 1/5 mile paved oval. The 1/2 mile track is banked, the banking ranging from 8 degrees at start-finish to 14 degrees in turns 1 and 3. The 1/4 and 1/5 mile ovals are nested one within the other, while the 1/5 mile version is used intermittently. The 1/4 mile track is used for karts as well as other auto racing events.
Concord Speedway hosts a number of exciting racing series, including the annual USARacing Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The track is also a popular venue for filming TV commercials, music videos and TV shows.
It’s no secret that Concord Motorsport Park is pretty high banked. There’s really no room for mistakes there. A driver can run within a hairs-breadth of the wall by his own accord or he can be forced to the edge by the onslaught of other traffic. Either way it’s high adrenalin at every turn.
Auto racing or motorcar racing has quickly become a very popular sport. From the invention of the car in 1769 the idea of a self-propelled vehicle on four wheels has come a long way. It wasn’t long after the first successful petrol-fueled vehicles were made that the thought occurred to motor car owners to try to race them – mostly to compare efficiency and speed and other factors and to determine which car was best overall. But the fun and excitement of such an event quickly caught on and thus the legacy of auto racing was born.
Today auto racing is quite diverse. From go-karts to drag racing, vehicles and tracks can be quite comparatively different. However the excitement which accompanies such racing is contagious. Not only do the drivers enjoy the exhilaration of steering incredibly fast vehicles around a track as fast as they can in order to beat other cars to the finish line, but crowds line roadsides and pack stadium benches to get in on the thrill. Many super-fast vehicles which have become famous for their speed or durability on the track have become coveted as expressions of wealth on the road. Over the years, the racing industry no only experienced a boon, but became a great way for commercial retailers to advertise their products.
Today, the average man in the street may be a racing driver, but many of them certainly seem to wish they were. Home made additions to their vehicles ensure that the car packs a powerful punch and will hopefully out-race any challenger who might be up to the task. Many never get to use these special additions since the law in most countries isn’t too fond of the idea of great masses of steel and plastic hurtling down civilian-lined streets and impressive speeds all in the name of fun. However, for those that do get the opportunity – the euphoric feeling of power and speed at your fingertips is one that is truly memorable. For those who have put hours of hard work into their treasured automobiles and who do not have to opportunity to drive them at their top speed, it is the possibility that this dream may one day come true which keeps hoods shiny and many crowds returning to the auto racing tracks where their hero’s live out their dreams for them.