Lowe's Motor Speedway
In 1959, racer Curtis Turner and racing promoter O. Bruton Smith began building the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which was renamed in 1999. During excavation of the site, construction engineers discovered what soil testing hadn't revealed: a huge layer of solid granite. Removing the granite set back the project, and crews were still laying asphalt on the day the track opened for the inaugural NASCAR World 600. As 60 drivers competed to enter the race, the track flew apart in chunks. Canceling the race would have been a financial disaster, so drivers covered their cars' grills and windshields with metal screens and hoped for the best.
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Fun Fact:The largest sports facility in the Southeast, Lowe's Motor Speedway has 167,000 seats and capacity for nearly 50,000 more spectators in the infield area. It was the first superspeedway to install a lighting system for night racing, and was the first sports facility in the U.S. to offer year-round living accommodations.