Charlotte real estate is known as the capital of stock car racing, and one of the main reasons is because 90 percent of NASCAR teams have headquarters within 50 miles of the Queen City. The other reason is because of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile long oval track known as “The Beast of the Southeast.”
The track opened in 1960 and was formerly known as Lowe’s Motor Speedway from 1998 to 2009. The speedway accommodates 115,000 racing fans in the stands along with room for 50,000 additional spectators in the infield, and was the first speedway to host nighttime superspeedway racing starting in 1992.
The track has plenty of races throughout the year in the “minor league” Nationwide series, along with World Truck Series races, but the highlights of the year are the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Races held each season.
The popular “Coca-Cola 600” occurs the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, and the “NASCAR Banking 500 Only from Bank of America Race” is held each October — part of the series final 10 races known as the “Chase for the Sprint Cup.” The annual “Sprint All-Star Race” is also held each year the weekend before the “Coca-Cola 600” in May.
Prices for the Sprint Cup races range from $49 to $135, depending on what section of the track you will be sitting in. The infield is used for camping and RV parking, and can be reserved for the entire weekends during these races. For specific pricing on the different levels of camping, along with information about camping near the speedway, visit http://charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/camping/.
When not being used for camping, the infield is used for 2.25-mile road course races along with kart races. The speedway also hosts the Food Lion Auto Fair twice a year, one of the nation’s largest car shows.