Concord Speedway is a motorsports facility located in the town of Midland, North Carolina, southeast of Concord, North Carolina. The track held twelve NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) events between 1956 and 1964 at the original track located off Poplar Tent Road in Concord NC.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable competitors
- 3 Statistics
- 4 NASCAR results
- 5 Series
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The current track was built by race promoter Henry Furr. Originally a four-tenths of a mile oval dirt-track, Furr reconfigured the track adding a true dog-leg to the back stretch. The track now has three unique turns. Pit road entrance is located in the tri-oval prior to turn three. The track had seating for over 12,000 fans prior to a recent downsizing that saw the turn one grandstands converted to a dirt berm.
The track has hosted the Big 10 series in two different stints. Most recently Super Late Models competed in the series from 2003-2005. Freddie Query is the track's all-time leader in wins and claimed the Big 10 series championship in 2004 and 2005.
The track also hosts the USARacing series annually and hosted 2 ASA National Tour events.
Winners and competitors at the track include Freddy Query, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jack Sprague, Ernie Irvan, Justin Labonte, Clay Rogers, Bobby Gill, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Ralph Earnhardt, Brian Love and Jeff Melton.
The park consists of two tracks: a 1/2 mile tri-oval and a 1/4 mile oval. Originally the 1/4 mile oval was a 1/5 mile oval and the 1/4 mile was added later. The 1/5 mile is still there but rarely used. The tri-oval seats 8,500 fans with room for 28 RVs, while the 1/4 mile track seats 2,050. Additionally, the track has several air conditioned suites located behind the main grandstand.
The track is active as a site for the filming of several television commercials, television shows, and music videos.
- 1956 Speedy Thompson
- 1957 (race 2) Marvin Panch
- 1957 (race 5) Jack Smith
- 1957 (race 51) Fireball Roberts
- 1958 Lee Petty
- 1959 (race 5) Curtis Turner
- 1959 (race 44) Jack Smith
- 1962 (race 1) Jack Smith
- 1962 (race 6) Joe Weatherly
- 1962 (race 20) Joe Weatherly
- 1964 (race 1) Ned Jarrett
- 1964 (race 29) Richard Petty
Whelen Southern Modified Tour
NASCAR held one Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on the paved half mile,
- 2009 Ted Christopher
- 1957 Curtis Turner
1/2 Mile NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions
- Late Model Stock Cars
- Pure Stocks
- Tim Marburger Honda Fast & Furious Fours
- Town & County Ford Kimmel Street Stocks
- Vintage Sportsman
1/4 Mile Weekly divisions
- Bandoleros – (Beginners Bandits/Bandits/Outlaws)
- Legends Cars – (Young Lions/Semi-Pro/Pro/Masters)
- Thunder Cars
- Arena Cars
1/2 Mile National Series
- UARA Late Models
- PASS Super Late Models
1/4 Mile USAC MidWeek Mayhem divisions
- "NASCAR results". Racing Reference. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- Plemmons, Mark (July/August 2009) Family-friendly, "grassroots racing" is going on all summer long at Concord Speedway. Cabarrus Living Magazine, p. 12.