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Track Profile: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Beyond its appeal as a track that tends to produce fast, exciting racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway is a special stop on the ARCA Menards Series schedule in part because it’s a home race for so many.

With the Charlotte, North Carolina, region serving as the home for so many competitors that aspire to make a name for themselves in NASCAR, racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway carries an even greater weight than it otherwise would.

To which the likes of Ryan Newman, Brandon Jones, Ty Makeski and Ty Gibbs can attest, wins at Charlotte in the ARCA Menards Series can serve as stepping stones to bigger platforms in stock car racing.

Once again, the ARCA Menards Series is back at Charlotte for the General Tire 150. Not including its first race at the track in 1964, the series raced at Charlotte at least once a year from 1996 through 2004 before a 13-year hiatus. It returned in 2018.

Below is everything to know about the site of the General Tire 150 for the ARCA Menards Series.

Track Profile: Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Track Charlotte Motor Speedway
Location Concord, North Carolina
Opened 1960
Layout Quad-oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.5 miles (Frontstretch: 1,980 feet; Backstretch: 1,500 feet; Turns 1-2: 2,400 feet; Turns 3-4: 2,040 feet)
Banking 24 degrees in corners; Five degrees in straightaways
Seating capacity 95,000
2019 pole speed 181.904 mph (Michael Self)

Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built in 1959 by current chairman and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee O. Bruton Smith. On June 19, 1960, the first World 600 (now the Coca-Cola 600) was contested at the new facility.

Smith hired H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler as the track’s general manager in 1975, and the two implemented facility improvements like thousands of grandstand seats and luxury suites, modernized concessions and restrooms, the Smith Tower and condominiums.

Another innovation was a revolutionary lighting system installed in 1992, allowing Charlotte Motor Speedway to be the first modern superspeedway to host night auto racing.

In addition to the 1.5-mile quad oval, the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex includes a 2.25-mile road course and a 6/10-mile karting layout in the speedway’s infield; a quarter-mile asphalt oval utilizing part of the speedway’s frontstretch and pit road; and a 1/5-mile oval located outside Turn 3 of the superspeedway. In May of 2000, The Dirt Track at Charlotte, a 4/10-mile clay oval, was built across U.S. 29 from the speedway.

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ARCA Menards Series Results at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Year Date Series Winner Race Results
2021 05-29-2021 ARCA Menards Series Ty Gibbs Results
2019 05-23-2019 ARCA Menards Series Ty Majeski Results
2018 05-24-2018 ARCA Menards Series Brandon Jones Results
2004 05-27-2004 ARCA Menards Series Ryan Hemphill Results
2003 10-09-2003 ARCA Menards Series Kirk Shelmerdine Results
2003 05-23-2003 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
2002 10-11-2002 ARCA Menards Series Chad Blount Results
2002 05-18-2002 ARCA Menards Series Jeff Fultz Results
2001 10-04-2001 ARCA Menards Series Kerry Earnhardt Results
2001 05-19-2001 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
2000 10-04-2000 ARCA Menards Series Ryan Newman Results
2000 05-20-2000 ARCA Menards Series Lyndon Amick Results
1999 10-06-1999 ARCA Menards Series Kirk Shelmerdine Results
1999 05-22-1999 ARCA Menards Series Mario Gosselin Results
1998 09-30-1998 ARCA Menards Series Adam Petty Results
1998 05-16-1998 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
1997 10-01-1997 ARCA Menards Series Tim Steele Results
1997 05-21-1997 ARCA Menards Series Gary Laton Results
1997 05-17-1997 ARCA Menards Series Mark Thompson Results
1996 10-02-1996 ARCA Menards Series Tim Steele Results
1996 05-22-1996 ARCA Menards Series Tim Steele Results
1996 05-18-1996 ARCA Menards Series Tim Steele Results
1987 10-10-1987 NASCAR Busch North Series (Now ARCA Menards Series East) Harry Gant Results
1964 10-25-1964 ARCA Menards Series Curtis Turner N/A