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Location DB > United States > North Carolina > Charlotte > Metrolina Speedway
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Metrolina Speedway
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 Database Info
created by abandonr. on 3/3/2015 3:44 AM
last modified by Xaq Fixx on 1/12/2019 8:35 PM
 Viewability
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
1/2 mile vintage racetrack
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: - select -
Recommendation: It's an empty field now.
 Physical Information
Address
7100 Fairground Rd.
Charlotte, North Carolina
United States
Owner:
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  •  Interesting Features
    the grandstand and parts of the pit area
     Security Measures
  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1960
    Closed: 1995
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    bug spray (in the summer)
     History
    It’s the place where Dale Earnhardt won his first race on pavement. It’s the place where NASCAR pioneer Speedy Thompson died. And it’s the last remaining vintage racetrack in the Charlotte, N.C., area, the epicenter of stock car racing.

    The Metrolina Speedway opened in 1960 as a 1/2 mile, clay surface track. It was paved for a brief time in the 1970s in order to host several NASCAR events that saw important victories for Harry Grant and Jack Ingram (in addition to Earnhardt). But the track reverted to a clay surface shortly thereafter. It hosted sprint car and motocross races until its closure in the mid 1990s.

    Since then, the track and the grandstand have become overgrown; the concession stand and announcer’s box have been removed, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has taken the old “Metrolina Speedway” sign that once stood over the gate. The site is now slowly fading into the landscape.
     Media Coverage
    https://www.charlo...ticle63543307.html
    https://www.bizjou...to-become-80m.html
     Future Plans
    The attached convention center closed in June 2016, the entire property is being bulldozed to build a logistics and shipping center.
    https://www.bizjou...to-become-80m.html
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     Photo Galleries
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    Photo Finish
    Sun, Nov 30th, 2014
    posted by abandonr.
    13 pictures
     


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     Web Links
    http://closefinishes.com/?q=node/133 (some historical information)

    https://vimeo.com/109588835 (Dale Earnhardt, Jr., at Metrolina in 2014)

    https://www.youtub...I&feature=youtu.be (drone footage)
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     Moderator Rating
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    Category Rating
    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 1/13/2019 3:15 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jan 13 19 at 15:15, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 12 19 at 20:35, Xaq Fixx changed the following: Security Measures, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Jun 4 17 at 19:00, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Jun 4 17 at 14:39, Scaggs changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Recommendation
  • on Mar 9 15 at 18:02, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Mar 3 15 at 4:53, abandonr. made this location available
  • on Mar 3 15 at 4:53, abandonr. changed the following: History
  • on Mar 3 15 at 4:51, abandonr. changed the following: Required Equipment, Recommended Equipment
  • on Mar 3 15 at 4:49, abandonr. updated the main picture
  • on Mar 3 15 at 4:48, abandonr. updated gallery picture Prickly.
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