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Concord Speedway is a moribund motorsports facility located in the town of Midland, North Carolina, southeast of Concord, North Carolina. The complex features a ​12-mile asphalt tri-oval and a ​14-mile asphalt oval.

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)
Closed2019 (2019)
Former namesConcord Motorsports Park (1997 - 2008)
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)

The complex was built in 1982 by Henry Furr, originally with the big track as a dirt ​410-mile oval. The track was later paved, and then reconfigured in 1993 as a ​12-mile tri-oval. The primary divisions for the half-mile shifted between Super Late Models, and Late Model Stock Cars.

The small track was built first as a ​15-mile layout for go-kart racing in the mid to late 1980s, the track was reconfigured to add a 1/4-mile asphalt oval layout in the mid '90s – the bigger layout featured was loosely egg shaped around the ​15-mile oval – this layout traditionally hosted INEX Legends & INEX Bandoleros as the primary weekly division.

The half-mile track was especially known for the Big 10 Series for Super Late Models, and the North-South Shootout event (featuring multiple divisions – the marquee being a 125-lap Tour-type Modified race).

HistoryEdit

PrecursorEdit

In total, there were 3 tracks under the Concord Speedway name, this facility being the third.

The first track was built in the 1950s and was built off of Popular Tent Rd. – located at the end of Old Speedway Dr. NW, this track held seven NASCAR Grand National (now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) events between 1956 and 1959. The track was left abandoned after the closure.

The second track was also built off of Popular Tent Rd. (located near Eva Drive & Channing Circle) – also in the 1950s. This track was a ​12-mile dirt oval, and also was named Harris Speedway & New Concord Speedway throughout its history. NASCAR held five Grand National races between 1962 and 1964. This track ran throughout the 1970s, it hosted the debut season of the National Dirt Racing Association – which was won by Rodney Combs on May 26, 1979. The track was sold following the 1979 season.[1]

Both properties of the first 2 tracks are now housing developments.

ResultsEdit

First Track - Popular Tent Road location

NASCAR Grand National NASCAR held 7 Grand National races on the original dirt half mile located on Old Speedway Drive (near Poplar Tent Road) in Concord.[2]

NASCAR Convertible Series NASCAR held one Convertible Series race on the original dirt half mile.[2]

Second Track - Eva Drive location

NASCAR Grand National - NASCAR held 5 Grand National races on the second dirt half mile track located off of Eva Drive (near Popular Tent Road) in Concord. The main entrance driveway for the track is now called Speedway Drive, and is apart of a housing complex.[2]

National Dirt Racing Association - NDRA held a single race on the second dirt 1/2 mile track in 1979.

A new beginningEdit

The current track was built by race promoter Henry Furr in 1982, Furr was looking to build a track following the sale of the previous 1/2 mile dirt track that he promoted. The track was originally a four-tenths of a mile oval, it hosted 3 races for the NDRA dirt late model touring series in 1983 - including the season finale, those were won by Larry Moore (July 4), dirt modified ace Kenny Brightbill (September 3) & Mike Duvall (October 8th). [3]

Pavement eraEdit

Furr paved the track by the mid 1980s and then reconfigured during the 1992–93 off season – adding a true dog-leg to the backstretch. The track now was a half-mile, had three unique turns and all had unique banking. The shape of the new layout was similar to Pocono Raceway, and Sanair Super Speedway. 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 a portion of the turn one grandstands converted to a dirt berm.

The track started the Big 10 Series for Super Late Models in 1987, Jack Sprague won the first series title. The series became very popular with the fans, as it was highly competitive.

David Laton purchased the track following the 1996 season. The Big 10 Series didn't return in 1997 for the first season under new ownership & Late Model Stock Cars became the main weekly championship of the half-mile. Laton made several capital improvements to the facility including a repave (done in 1999), replaced barriers & fencing, a Hubbell lighting system & several fan amenities

The track brought back the Super Late Models for the Big 10 Series in 2003, the championship lasted until 2005. Freddie Query is the track's all-time leader in wins and claimed the Big 10 series championship in 2004 and 2005.

Late Model Stock Cars returned as the main track championship, until 2009 when the track added Pro Late Models to the weekly card.

One of the track's more popular events, the North South Shootout was started in 2003 at the half-mile tri-oval. The event featured a 125-lap race for Tour-type Modifieds, along with several other marquee divisions such as Supermodifieds & the ARCA/CRA Super Series. The event stayed at Concord until 2010, it was originally going to move to Myrtle Beach Speedway for 2011 - however Caraway Speedway hosted the annual event following the death of original race promoter Charles Kepley. [4]

Half Mile uncertainty & revivalEdit

The track stopped weekly racing on the half-mile tri-oval in 2012, only the quarter-mile oval has hosted weekly racing since. The quarter-mile weekly program features INEX Legends, INEX Bandoleros, along with Davis Mini Cups, go-karts, and quarter midgets on select nights. The quarter-mile traditionally featured racing from March to May, and August to early October – with a 2-month break in June and July. Previously, this layout also featured USAC Speed2 Eastern Midgets during the summer months (2008–2010).

In 2015, racing returned to the half-mile tri-oval after not hosting any touring series for the past 2 years, the opening event featured the PASS South Super Late Models and Koma Unwind Modified Madness Series running on Memorial Day weekend.

That season also saw the return of the North-South Shootout event in November. Alongside the John Blewett III Memorial 125 for the Tour-type Modifieds, other touring series such as the PASS South Super Late Models were apart of the event. CARS Tour also returned that year – now in the dual series format for Super Late Models & Late Model Stock Cars. CARS Tour ran for 3 seasons until the end of 2017.

On May 5, 2018, the track hosted the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series. Defending series champion Ricky Rude got the lead on lap #6 & won the A-main feature. [5]

ClosureEdit

On January 9, 2019, North-South Shootout promoter Renee Hackett announced that the event would move away from the facility to Hickory Motor Speedway due to the uncertain future of the Concord Speedway complex. [6]

The track would continue to host the INEX Legend Cars & INEX Bandoleros on the quarter-mile track.

On July 2, 2019, it was announced that the track would be sold, and that leaders in each of the weekly series point standings would be awarded championship trophies for the year. The buyer was later reported to be Copart.[7]

Notable competitorsEdit

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, Jeff Melton and Josh Hogan

StatisticsEdit

The park consists of two tracks: a ​12-mile tri-oval and a ​14-mile oval. Originally the ​14-mile oval was a ​15-mile oval and the ​14-mile was added later. The ​15-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, movies, and music videos.

EventsEdit

Former touring series & events (half-mile)Edit

  • BIG 10 Super Late Model Series (1987–1996, 2003–2005)
  • North South Shootout (2003–2010, 2015–2018)
    • Tour-type Modifieds - John Blewett III Memorial 125 in memory of Charles Kepley (2003–2010, 2015–2018)
    • PRA 602 Super Limited Tour (2018)
    • PRA 602 Modified Tour (2018)
    • Street Stocks (2008, 2015–2016, 2018)
    • Mini Stocks (2015–2018)
    • PASS South Super Late Models (2015–2017)
    • SK Modifieds (2005–2010, 2015–2017)
    • Limited Late Models (2015–2017)
    • Chargers (2017)
    • Mid-Atlantic Limited Late Model Series (2016)
    • Southeastern Super Trucks (2015)
    • Vintage Modifieds / Sportsman / Flatheads (2003–2010, 2015–2016)
    • CRA Super Series - Southern Division (2010)
    • USA Modifieds (2010)
    • TBARA Sprint Cars (2009)
    • Supermodifieds (2007–2008)
    • SK Light / Crate Modifieds (2006–2007)
    • Four Cylinders (2006–2007)
    • Pro 4 Modifieds (2006)
    • Late Model Stock Cars (2004)
    • INEX Thunder Roadsters (2004–2005)
    • Pro Trucks (2003)

Former touring series & special events (quarter-mile)Edit

Former weekly divisions (half-mile)Edit

  • Late Model Stock Cars (−2012)
  • Street Stock (2012)
  • Fast & Furious 4's (2007–2012)
  • Vintage Sportsman (2012)
  • Sportsman (2012)
  • Pure Stock (2003–2011)
  • Pro Late Model (2009 & 2010)
  • Thunderstox (2010)
  • INEX Thunder Roadsters (2009)
  • Limited Late Models (2004–2008)
  • Super Late Models (1987–1996, 2003–2005)
  • Mini Stocks (–2005)
  • Hornets (–2005)
  • Limited Stock Cars (–2003)
  • Pro Trucks (–2003)
  • X-Cars (2001–2002)
  • Road Hawgs
  • Super Stocks


Former weekly divisions (quarter mile)Edit

Note: data only goes back to 2001

ResultsEdit

North South ShootoutEdit

the North South Shootout was held 12 times at Concord, with the marquee race being the Tour-type Modified - John Blewett III Memorial 125 in memory of Charles Kepley. Other divisions of the event included: ARCA/CRA Super Series, PASS South Super Late Models, Supermodifieds, SK Modifieds, Vintage cars & other regional divisions from the east coast.

Tour-type ModifiedsEdit

Season Date Winning Driver Laps
100 lap event
2003 November 8 John Blewett, III 100
2004 November 6 Donny Lia 128
2005 November 5 John Blewett, III 100
2006 November 4 Matt Hirschman 100
2007 November 2 Matt Hirschman 100
125 lap event
2008 November 8 Burt Myers 125
2009 November 7 Burt Myers 125
2010 November 6 Matt Hirschman 125
2015 November 8 Justin Bonsignore 125
2016 November 5 Andy Seuss 125
2017 November 4 Matt Hirschman 125
2018 November 10 Jon McKennedy 125

Super Late ModelsEdit

Season Date Winning Driver Laps
CRA Super Series - Southern Division
2010 November 6 Colt James 125
PASS South Super Late Models
2015 November 8 Dave Garbo Jr. 100
2016 November 5 Dalton Sargeant 125
2017 November 4 Matt Craig 125


ASA National TourEdit

ASA held two ASA National Tour races on the paved half mile.

CARS TourEdit

CARS Tour held races on the paved half mile with the CARS Pro Cup Series (then USAR Pro Cup) between 1998 & 2011, and the current dual series format for Super Late Models & Late Model Stock Cars between 2015 & 2017.

Season Date Winning Driver Manufacturer Laps
USAR Hooters Pro Cup
1998 May 23 Chad Chaffin Ford 250
July 24 Michael Ritch Chevrolet 250
1999 May 29 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet 250
2000 October 28 Clay Rogers Ford 250
USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series - Championship Series
2001 October 27 Hal Goodson Ford 250
USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series - Southern Division
2002 September 14 Bobby Gill Ford 222
2003 May 10 Clay Rogers Ford 251
2004 April 24 Bobby Gill Ford 250
2005 April 23 Bobby Gill Ford 250
2006 April 29 Shane Huffman Chevrolet 250
2007 April 28 Chase Pistone Chevrolet 254
2008 April 26 Michael Ritch Ford 205
USAR Pro Cup Series
2009 April 4 Trevor Bayne Chevrolet 250
September 5 Clay Rogers Chevrolet 254
2010 August 28 Jeff Agnew Ford 250
2011 August 13 Brad Rogers Ford 200

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified TourEdit

NASCAR held two Whelen Southern Modified Tour races on the paved half mile, and the SMART Modified Tour (precursor to the Whelen Southern Modified Tour) also held 6 races at the track.

Season Date Winning Driver Laps
SMART Modified Tour (1988–2004)
1991 April 13 Gary Myers
1998 July 2 Jay Hedgecock
1999 July 1 Jay Hedgecock
2002 October 5 Junior Miller
2003 October 4 Jay Hedgecock 150
2004 October 9 Ted Christopher 154
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (2005–2016)
2008 March 21 Ted Christopher 150
2016 April 2 George Brunnhozlel III 150

PASS South Super Late ModelsEdit

PASS held 10 races at Concord between 2007 & 2017.

Season Date Event Winning Driver Laps
2007 November 17 Mason Dixon Meltdown Ben Rowe 200
2010 May 29 Old Glory 150 Andy Loden 150
2011 November 26 Mason Dixon Meltdown Colt James 200
2012 May 26 CV Products 125 Kyle Grissom 125
2012 November 24 Mason Dixon Meltdown Preston Peltier 200
2015 November 8 North South Shootout Dave Garbo Jr. 100
2016 May 27 Old Glory Twin 125's Ryan Moore 125
2016 November 5 Mason Dixon Meltdown Dalton Sargeant 125
2017 November 4 North South Shootout Matt Craig 125
2018 May 25 Old Glory 125 Matt Wallace 125

UARA STARSEdit

UARA STARS Late Model Series held 9 races at the half-mile track from 2007 to 2012.

Season Date Winning Driver Laps
2007 March 31 Matt DiBenedetto 152
2007 October 20 Ross Furr 150
2008 March 29 Ross Furr 150
2008 October 25 Chad Mullis 150
2009 April 25 Paddy Rodenbeck 150
2009 November 14 Coleman Pressley 150
2010 August 7 Garrett Campbell 150
2011 October 29 Steve Wallace 150
2012 August 4 Brandon Jones 155

Track ChampionsEdit

Half Mile TrackEdit

Big 10 Series (Super Late Models)Edit

  • 1987 - Jack Sprague
  • 1988 - Larry Raines
  • 1989 - Jack Sprague
  • 1990 - Robbie Faggart
  • 1991 - Rich Bickle
  • 1992 - Rich Bickle
  • 1993 - Freddie Query
  • 1994 - Freddie Query
  • 1995 - Mike Thomas
  • 1996 - Eddie Massengill
  • 1997-2002 - Hiatus
  • 2003 - Eddie Massengill
  • 2004 - Freddie Query
  • 2005 - Freddie Query [8]

Pro Late ModelsEdit

  • 2009 - Cooper Faassen
  • 2010 - Colt James

Late Model Stock CarsEdit

  • 2001 - Kevin Love
  • 2002 - Chris Beach
  • 2003 - Shaun Mangum
  • 2004 - Todd Bardburry
  • 2005 - Travis Sharpe
  • 2006 - Shane Brafford
  • 2007 - Chuck Crump
  • 2008 - Kevin Love
  • 2009 - Steve Ackerly
  • 2010 - Jay Payne
  • 2011 - Bobby Measmer Jr.
  • 2012 - Kenny Brooks

Limited Late ModelsEdit

  • 2004 - Terry Brooks Jr.
  • 2005 - Terry Hoggard
  • 2006 - Ben Hinson
  • 2007 - Bobby Measmer Jr.
  • 2008 - Mike Terry

Pro TruckEdit

  • 2001 - Roger Lee Newton
  • 2002 - Terry Brooks Jr.
  • 2003 - Terry Brooks Jr.

Limited StockEdit

  • 2001 - Kenneth Cook
  • 2002 - Jeff Melton
  • 2003 - David Kepley

Pure StockEdit

  • 2003 - Mark Harris
  • 2004 - Luke Nickels
  • 2005 - Brian Love
  • 2006 - Steve Irvin
  • 2007 - Ben Smith
  • 2008 - Charles Hutto
  • 2009 - Jeff Melton
  • 2010 - Jeff Melton

Street StockEdit

  • 1999 - Mike Glover

Fast & Furious FoursEdit

  • 2007 - Tracy Mullis
  • 2008 - Chad Miller
  • 2009 - Wayne Harrington
  • 2010 - Chad Miller

Mini StocksEdit

  • 2001 - Jeff Whitley
  • 2002 - Roy Maness
  • 2003 - Randy Freeze
  • 2004 - Adam Beaver
  • 2005 - David Pennell

HornetsEdit

  • 2002 - Mark Harris
  • 2003 - Mark Harris
  • 2004 - Chad Miller
  • 2005 - Bobby Measmer Jr.

ThunderstoxEdit

  • 2010 - Rusty Drye

INEX Thunder RoadstersEdit

  • 2004 - Matt Lassiter
  • 2005 - Kyle Beattie
  • 2009 - Adam Welch

X-CarzEdit

  • 2001 - Guy Bacelo
  • 2002 - Junior Cress


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.racing-reference.info/comments?trkid=090
  2. ^ a b c "NASCAR results". Racing Reference. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  3. ^ https://www.dirtondirt.com/history-defunct.php?id=19
  4. ^ http://51archive2011.homestead.com/2011_Stories/Mods_Other/NSS_to_Caraway_8_18.html
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPFk8OYsVMo
  6. ^ https://speed51.com/north-south-shootout-moving-to-new-track-in-2019/
  7. ^ Evans, Zach. "Imminent Sale of Historic North Carolina Track Announced". Speed51. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  8. ^ https://speed51.com/concord-speedway-a-track-built-for-super-late-models/

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