Located in Concord, North Carolina, Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built by Bruton Smith and stock car driver Curtis Turner in 1959. Soon afterwards, the track succumbed to Chapter 11 reorganization. Smith parted ways with the speedway in 1962 to pursue other opportunities in Texas and Illinois but gradually began buying shares of stock in the speedway until he became majority stockholder in 1975. He then hired Humpy Wheeler as general manager. Together the two began an ambitious expansion and improvement program, constructing new grandstands and later a permanent lighting system around the speedway's track. The track was completely repaved in 2006. It changed its name to Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1998, reverting to its former and current name in 2009.
Among the notable races held at the track are the World 600 (later the Coca-Cola 600), the National 500, the IMSA GT Championship, and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.