CONCORD, N.C. (April 16, 2010) – Charlotte Motor Speedway has joined forces with short tracks from around the United States and Canada to help support grassroots racing programs while providing added value to Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket holders.
“This is the perfect opportunity for Charlotte Motor Speedway to help support the roots of our sport and to give back to the short tracks around the country,” said
Nearly 40 tracks are taking part in the program including Carolina Speedway in
"The Home Track program is a great way for race fans to enjoy the best of both worlds,” said Clint Elkins, promoter of Carolina Speedway. “This is a great way for NASCAR fans to get out and see what their local tracks have to offer and to possibly even spot the next NASCAR star."
For a complete list of tracks participating in the program or to take advantage of this great offer visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/hometrack or call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS and ask about the Home Track promotion.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is the home of NASCAR’s biggest back-to-back race weekends with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22, and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30. For more information visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.
An early morning walk across the grounds of Shangri-La II Motor Speedway, and its sister track, SkyView Drags, has been a peaceful experience since last October. Toward the horizon on the north stretch the hills and woods of Tioga County, while to the south lies the lush farmland of the Susquehanna Valley. If you look eastward at just the right spot, you can see the site of the original Shangri-La Speedway three miles away and understand how it got its name, and why legendary announcer Jim Beavan used to welcome the fans to "the garden spot of racing."
All that peace and tranquility is about to be shattered by the sound of racing engines preparing for the 2010 season at the Concrete Castle. Shangri-La II has scheduled a pair of open practice days before the season opening Concrete Duals on May 1. Weather permitting, the track will welcome competitiors in all classes on Saturday, April 17 and Saturday, April 24. Scheduled practice times are 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. each day.
A paved speedway is commonly described as "green" in the springtime, meaning the rubber ground into the surface the previous year has been washed away during the winter. Shangri-La's concrete surface still shows the signs of rubber put down durng the inaugural season of 2009, but only the drivers who push the pedal to the metal in the opening sessions will know how much of the grip put into the track has remained.
Last year's fastest lap timed by the AMB computer scoring system was 17.593 seconds, 102.313 mph, recorded appropriately by Modified track champion John Markovic. In the Sportsman Modified ranks, Tony Hanbury was quickest at 18.541 seconds, 97.082 mph.