It's been one of the hot topics all week long. Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith said earlier this week that he may move the track's fall race to Las Vegas.
Smith has become pretty good at this game. It's not the first time he has threatened to pull races from the Concord track if he didn't get what he wanted from Cabarrus County, this time it's tax incentives. I don't really see it happening and at least one driver agrees with me.
"I highly doubt whether we see that race move to a different location,” Greg Biffle told the media at CMS this week. “There’s a lot of people that come to that race and with the races I see, it’s a business decision a lot of times. You make business decisions on the amount of people you can attract to a particular race. Well, if your race is well attended, I don’t see any reason for moving it.”
At the end of the day, Smith is all about making money and Biffle is right, no matter how mad he is at the county, he's not gonna move a race that is making money. This isn't like when he moved Atlanta's second race to Kentucky. Attendance at AMS was terrible. The track could no longer support two races, Kentucky was screaming for a cup race. Charlotte is racing central. They can support three races just fine.
“I feel like people flock from all over the country to come here," said Jeff Gordon. "Not just because of the facility, but what else there is to offer with the Hall of Fame, the city, the team shops and all those things."
Well those that wish to 'flock' to Charlotte get a second straight week to do so, as we are again racing at the CMS. But this week it counts.
There are few drivers who are better than Jimmie Johnson at the mothership. So other drivers should be frightened that he is coming off an All-Star race win, because he has not been as good lately.
"We certainly want to have that magic because winning here in Hendrick's backyard and Lowe's corporate offices just up the road, there's a lot of reasons we want to be good here" said Johnson. "But more importantly, it's like we know that we've had it so we feel like we can find it again, and we're knocking on the door, but like I was saying earlier, we're one of three or one of five that can make something happen here now, where before we had a pretty strict advantage."
I'd say. The 48 has six points race wins at CMS. But there is a guy that can almost stand toe to toe with Johnson at Charlotte and now he is JJ's teammate, and that is Kasey Kahne. He has four Charlotte wins, including last spring.
Last time the series was in Charlotte, in that now in question fall race, the winner was a little bit of a surprise, because Clint Bowyer is admittedly not that good at Charlotte. But he would live to win NASCAR's longest race.
"I joke about how long and grueling this race is, but it’s a huge race to win," said Bowyer. "It’s the biggest day of racing for the year in motorsports and to win on that day is a very big deal. We won here in the fall and I’d love to do that again this weekend.”
Other past Charlotte winners include, Mark Martin (4), Jeff Gordon (3), Matt Kesenth (2), Jamie McMurray (2), Bobby Labonte (2), Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Casey Mears, David Reutimann, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick.
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