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2017 Anthem Annual February

Charlotte Motor Speedway Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images CHARLOTTE was designed and built in 1959 by current Speedway Motorsports Inc. executive chairman O. Bruton Smith. The late Curtis Turner, one of stock-car racing’s earliest stars, was Smith’s business partner. Together, they built their dream of a 1.5-mile superspeedway on the outskirts of the Queen City, and the first World 600 was run at the new facility on June 19, 1960. In 1961, like many superspeedways of the era, the track fell into Chapter 11 reorganization from which it eventually emerged despite lagging ticket sales. After his departure from the speedway in 1962, Smith pursued other business interests in Texas and Illinois. Working within Ford Motor Company’s dealership program, Smith became quite successful and began purchasing shares of stock in Charlotte Motor Speedway. By 1975, Smith had again become the majority stockholder in the speedway, regaining control of its day-to-day operations. Over the years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has established itself as a leader in innovation, from adding year-round living Motor Speedway accommodations and an exclusive dining facility to installing a 16,000-square-foot HDTV that revolutionized the fan viewing experience. Today, the legendary facility hosts three NASCAR weekends, beginning with the non-points event known as the NASCAR All-Star Race. The following weekend, the speedway hosts the ultimate test of man and machine in the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s only 600-mile event. In the fall, NASCAR’s drivers and teams return to their home track for the Bank of America 500, the only Saturday night race in the 10- race playoff for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 24 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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