NASCAR Race Car Tracks

By: the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Lowe's Motor Speedway

Lowe's Motor Speedway was one of the first long, paved, steeply banked tracks on the NASCAR circuit.
Lowe's Motor Speedway was one of the first long, paved,steeply banked tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

Lowe's Motor Speedway, originally called Charlotte Motor Speedway, was the first track to be named after a corporate sponsor when it became Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999. It's a 1.5-mile oval in Concord, NC. When first opened in 1960, it joined venerable Darlington Raceway and newcomers Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway (opened in 1959 and 1960, respectively) as one of the few long, paved, steeply banked superspeedways on the NASCAR circuit.

The track was the first to host 600-mile races, the most prominent being the World 600 (1960-1984) and the Coca-Cola 600 (1986-present). Other well-known races run at the speedway include the National 400/500 (1960-1976 and 1980-1982), the Mellow Yellow 500 (1990-1994), and the UAW-GM Quality 500 (1995-2005). It hosted the Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America 500 in 2006. Lowe's Motor Speedway is also the site of NASCAR's annual all-star race.


Lowe's Motor Speedway Visitor Information

Lowe's Motor Speedway contact information: Lowe's Motor Speedway. 5555 Concord Pkwy. S, Concord, NC (28027). Phone toll-free 800/455-FANS (3267).

Lowe's Motor Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Lowe's Motor Speedway layout.

Kansas Speedway security: Prohibited items include umbrellas, strollers, glass bottles, firearms, pets (except for guides for the disabled), bicycles, grills, open flames, skateboards, in-line skates, golf carts, ATVs, fireworks, folding chairs, coolers larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches, balloons, and beach balls.

Lowe's Motor Speedway parking: Race event parking is free in unreserved Lowe’s Motor Speedway-owned lots surrounding the track. The earlier you get there, the better your choices. Be warned: it usually takes between two and three hours to clear the parking lots after a race.

Lowe's Motor Speedway first aid: Medical teams patrol the area, but the fastest way to reach them is to ask a speedway staff member for help. Carolinas Medical Center has a fully staffed infield care center at races to treat emergencies. There are EMS stations under every major grandstand.

Lowe's Motor Speedway concessions: Offerings consist of the usual hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, and beer, though some independent vendors sell food outside the track. If you’re seeking easier access to food stands and restrooms, consider buying tickets in the underutilized Diamond Tower Terrace. It lacks a view of the pits, but has more stands and restrooms than older sections of the track.

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