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Bruton Smith looking to build drag strip at Lowe's Motor Speedway

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Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith confirmed Thursday that he is considering adding a drag-racing facility to the motorsports complex at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

'We are looking at that very hard, yes sir,' Smith said.

Smith pointed to success in hosting events sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association, whose POWERade Series is the premiere drag racing series in the country, at drag strips that are part of SMI complexes at Bristol Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

'We have had a lot of success and we like what we see in drag racing,' Smith said.

Concord and Cabarrus County officials already have begun preliminary discussions about the drag strip.

Smith contacted Concord leaders within the past couple of weeks to let them know he is considering putting a drag strip adjacent to The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway, which sits just across N.C. 29 from the 1.5-mile trioval track that hosts NASCAR's top stock car series.

Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt said Smith also mentioned his tracks near Atlanta and Fort Worth, Texas, as possible sites for new drag strip, but Smith told the Observer that he's looking to do it here.

"He indicated that if he did this, he'd look for top-level events," Hiatt said.
Some of the neighbors of the track are not to thrilled about the idea.

I personally believe it's not a matter of if but when the strip gets built.

See HERE for the original article posted above.
 

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http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/1894479/
The owner of Lowe's Motor Speedway is threatening to shut down the track and relocate it after the city council derailed his plans to build a drag-racing strip at the site.

City officials angered Bruton Smith when they voted this week to change zoning in the city to ban drag strips, addressing concerns of nearby residents worried the noise would disturb their neighborhoods and decrease property values. Smith said his team looked at two sites Wednesday and was contacted by two more sites. He would not say where they were.
 

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Bruton is an ass. When I lived in Harrisburg, I could see the track from my house, but could also hear whatever was circling it. that dragstrip would most definatly bring down property values in the area.
 

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Bruton is an ass. When I lived in Harrisburg, I could see the track from my house, but could also hear whatever was circling it. that dragstrip would most definitely bring down property values in the area.

Weather or not Bruton is an ass I won't argue, however...

I don't see what the difference would be, if any, between the noise from Lowe's Motor Speedway, the dirt track at Lowe's Motor Speedway and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, all of which are in the same area, and a new dragstrip?

That whole area EXISTS because of that track. Housing, Hotels, Restaurants, the Concord Mills Mall, etc. None of it was there before the track was built. Anybody that moved into that area knew what they were moving next to and, IMO, has no right to complain about the potential noise from a new dragstrip.
 

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then he should build the strip on the land across the street from the Amaco station on moorehead. and be smart about it, dont just threaten to leave just "cuz".

everyone who lives there, has the right to complain. They live there, they drive by it, they deal with the traffic and the trash trucks on roads that are far overdue for pavement work.
 

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Money talks ...

Concord Backpedals, Bruton Wins...

http://www.dragracingonline.com/columns/guest/ix_10-1.html
By "Berserko" Bob Doerrer - photo courtesy Berserko Bob - 10/12/2007

I'm sure that most of you have been following the on-going saga of the battle between the Concord (N.C.) city council and billionaire Bruton Smith over the drag strip that he wants to build on the grounds of his Lowe's Motor Speedway complex outside of Charlotte.

Bruton's Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) has been considering building a drag strip on the property for quite a few years. Speculation was that if you build it, they will come. Along comes NHRA who announce that they'll add a new national event in 2008 at a track to be named later.

Bingo! No more calls, we have a winner!

The old man breaks out the checkbook and starts construction on the site, which (and this is the big point) is zoned for motorsports. Well, the word gets around that the drag strip is being built and a couple of hundred homeowners who live nearby organize a grass roots protest and get a meeting with the city council to try to prevent the track from being built. They're worried about noise and (I'm not making this up) fumes.

Now mind you, all of these protesters live in houses that are only a few years old and they knew when they bought their homes and made the decision to live there, that they had a racing complex as a neighbor.

On Monday, Oct. 1, the town council held an open meeting and the result was that they sided with a few citizens instead of considering the rest of the community and amended the zoning to exclude drag strips.

Stuff hits the fan. Bruton announces to the world that if he can't build the drag strip he'll move the whole deal -- NASCAR track, dirt track, everything -- somewhere else. Neighboring counties come a calling offering tax breaks and other incentives.

Now if you think this was a big ploy by Bruton to force the issue, think again. Bruton is the guy who bought the North Wilkesboro Speedway to move the NASCAR date to his Texas track, while North Wilkesboro is still sitting around, doing nothing. Could this happen in Concord?

To use a drag racing term the Concord city council is backpedaling big time. They got hammered by not only the rest of the citizens of Concord who know how much money the Speedway brings to town but also the Cabarrus County Economic Development Council who, in so many words, asked the Concord council "Are you guys crazy?"

LMS generated $169 million in tourism spending for Cabarrus last year, nearly 70 percent of the tourism revenue that came into the county, according to the Cabarrus chamber. And speedway property taxes are worth about $1.02 million to the county this year and an additional $722,247 to Concord.

On Oct. 11 another meeting was held.

The result? Concord City Council members voted unanimously to work on coming up with a tax incentive package for the $60 million drag strip project and for improvements speedway owner Bruton Smith has floated for the race track.

The final meeting on the subject is Oct. 24, when SMI will present their final plans to the council including noise barriers to alleviate the neighbors’ concerns.

Bottom line is that the council's knee-jerk reaction to a few fanatics was overruled by concerned citizens who wouldn't allow a small percentage of the city's residents to ruin it for everyone. Plus Bruton's billions didn't hurt either, huh?

Construction is expected to resume the day after the Oct 24 meeting and with the mild winter weather the region experiences, the scheduled spring of 2008 completion date is easily within reach.

We all know how nice Bruton's other drag strips are (Bristol, Las Vegas and Sonoma) and from what I understand he wants this track to be the biggest, best and nicest drag strip ever built.

Will there be an NHRA national event at the track on Sept. 12-14, 2008? Bet on it.
 

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Smith Unveils Plans for New Dragway

The plans and conceptual drawings are out...

Check it out HERE.

The facility will open Sept. 11-14 with the inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals, round 19 of the 24-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

so, where is said strip to be built?

every chunk of property except for the land at Moorehead would intrude upon parking areas.
Lowes Motor Speedway News said:
The dragway will be located on 125 acres of LMS property across U.S. Highway 29 from the superspeedway, adjacent to The Dirt Track. The drag racing facility's track, pit areas and midway will cover 46.5 acres, or two million square feet. Engineers estimate construction will require moving 750,000 cubic yards of dirt; placing 65,000 tons of aggregate stone base and paving 50,000 tons of asphalt.
 

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Cain't wait till he gets this built and opens it.
It'll be great to have another track close by. and a 1/4mile track less than 3hrs away.

They referred to Bristol being one of his. I've been there. It IS very very nice.

hopefully he'll open it to street cars, test and tune and all that jazz and NOT charge an arm and a leg admission.

could also possibly help with any local street racing issues :)
 

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September is the inaugural (sp? I just got off a red eye flight) event so it will be ready.

I drove by 2 weeks ago bypassing some traffic-grading etc. is going strong. :)
 

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It will be good to have some good times at the track right after the show. I'd be surprised to see who really runs their cars vs. just shows them. :)
 

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Update

Dragway Update at NHRA News Dated 4/11/2008
 

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OMFG this rox. I'll be back in the states at the beginning of Sept. My parts are going to be ordered and shipped to my mom's place in Asheville, NC and getting installed... soooooooo we should have some kind of mini meet sometime in Oct before I leave to go back to washington... I'm taking a month of leave from like Sept 20 to Mid Oct... who's up for the idea?
 
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