Concord Speedway

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Concord Speedway
World's Fastest Half-Mile Tri-Oval
The Track Where Grassroots Racing Lives
LocationMidland, North Carolina
Time zoneGMT-5
Capacity8,500
Opened1982 (1982)
Former namesConcord Motorsports Park (1982 - 2013)
Major eventsPASS South Super Late Models
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
CARS Super Late Model Tour
CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour
Half-mile oval
SurfaceAsphalt
Length0.500 mi (0.804 km)
Turns3
Banking8° (front straight)
14° (turn 1)
10° (dogleg)
11° (back straight)
14° (turn 3)
Quarter-mile oval
SurfaceAsphalt
Length0.250 mi
Turns4
Banking5° (straightaways)
8° (turns)

Concord Speedway is a motorsports facility located in the town of Midland, North Carolina, southeast of Concord, North Carolina. The complex features a 1/2 mile tri-oval and a 1/4 mile oval which also features a 1/5 mile oval. The original track that was located off Poplar Tent Road in Concord held twelve NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) events between 1956 and 1964.

History[edit]

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 at two different times. 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 stopped weekly racing on the half-mile tri-oval in 2008 and only has the quarter mile oval currently running weekly, which features INEX Legends, INEX Bandoleros, the Davis Mini Cup Racing Series and quarter midgets.

In 2015, racing returned to the half mile tri-oval after not having a race on it in 2014 with the PASS South super late models and Koma Unwind Modified Madness Series running on Memorial Day weekend.

Notable competitors[edit]

Winners and competitors at the track include Freddy Query, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jack Sprague, Ernie Irvan, Bobby Labonte, Justin Labonte, Clay Rogers,Jimmy Simpson, Bobby Gill, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Bobby Measmer Jr., Ryan Preece, and Jeff Melton.

Statistics[edit]

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 only used for Davis Mini Cups and quarter midgets. 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.

NASCAR results[edit]

Grand National[edit]

NASCAR held 12 Grand National races on the original dirt half mile located off Poplar Tent Road in Concord.[1]

Whelen Southern Modified Tour[edit]

NASCAR held one Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on the paved half mile.

Convertible Series[edit]

NASCAR held one Convertible Series race on the original dirt half mile.[1]

Divisions and series[edit]

Current half-mile events[edit]

Current quarter-mile weekly divisions[edit]

Former Half Mile National/Regional Series[edit]

Former Quarter Mile national/regional series[edit]

  • USAC HPD Midgets
  • USAC Junior HPD Midgets

Former weekly divisions[edit]

  • Late Model Stock Cars
  • Pure Stocks
  • Fast & Furious Fours
  • Kimmel Street Stocks
  • Vintage Sportsman
  • Super Late Models
  • Pro Late Models
  • Limited Late Models
  • Mini Stocks
  • Road Hawgs
  • INEX Thunder Cars
  • Super Stocks

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NASCAR results". Racing Reference. Retrieved April 8, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°18′31″N 80°31′17″W / 35.30861°N 80.52139°W / 35.30861; -80.52139