Other than a name change, from
“Charlotte Motor Speedway” to
“Lowes Motor Speedway” in 1991, the
track, itself, had not changed much
since the first time SAAC visited it in
Note: Charlotte was the first
race track in the country to effect a
name change for a corporate sponsor.
Lowes chose not to renew it’s sponsor-
ship in 2009 and the name reverted
back to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
There were new garages, more asphalt
in the infield and in 1992, the instal-
lation of permanent lights around the
track developed by Musco Lighting to
enable night NASCAR racing.
However, the city surrounding the
track was a whole ‘nother thing. There
were new hotels in almost every direc-
tion. We chose the Hilton which had
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