Lowes' Charlotte Motor Speedway

The first 250 mile automobile race at the Charlotte Speedway took place on October 24, 1924. The one and one quarter mile, oval wooden track cost $38,000 to build and was located in Pineville. The Charlotte Motor Speedway later moved to the Cabarrus County but retained the name Charlotte. The first World 600 took place on June 19, 1960. Joe Lee Johnson was the winner. It is the first super speedway in the country to offer night racing. In 1999, the Charlotte Motor Speedway changed its name to the Lowes' Charlotte Motor Speedway. This multimillion dollar sports center, features a 1.5 mile super speedway.

A group of drivers pose on the original
wooden race track in Pineville. (c 1926)