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Charlotte Speedway
Facility statistics
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Broke ground
Opened 1949
Owner
Operator closed
Construction cost
Architect
Former names
Major events
No Major Events
Seating capacity
Current dimensions
Track shape Oval
Track length 0.75 miles
Track banking

For the current NASCAR track, see Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Charlotte Speedway was the site of NASCAR's first series race on June 19, 1949. The Daytona Beach Road Course held the first race sanctioned by NASCAR in 1948. The track was a few miles east of the proposed NASCAR Hall of Fame site.

Event detailsEdit

Charlotte Speedway was a three-quarter mile long dirt track. The first event in 1949 was a 150-mile race. Other events were 100, 113, or 150 miles long.

Race historyEdit

Twelve events were held at the track between 1949 and 1956. Winners at the track include: Jim Roper (1), Tim Flock (1), Curtis Turner (2), Herb Thomas (2), Dick Passwater (1), Buck Baker (3), Fonty Flock (1), and Speedy Thompson (1).

1949Edit

Bob Flock won the pole. Glenn Dunnaway was declared the original winner, but a post-race inspection revealed that his car was fitted with illegal springs, causing NASCAR to disqualify him. Jim Roper was declared the official winner of the event. Roper would only compete in one more NASCAR event in his career. Other famous drivers to finish in the Top 10 include: Fonty Flock, Red Byron, Tim Flock, andCurtis Turner. Famous drivers to finish outside of the Top 10 include: Buck Baker, Jack Smith, Lee Petty, Herb Thomas, and Bob Flock. Sara Christian finished 14th to become the first female to start in a NASCAR race.


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