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aving a convention at a track

like Charlotte Motor Speedway is

about as good as it gets. And having it

a second or third time gets even better.

You could never think of Charlotte as

the same-old same old. To start with,

the track, itself, is a monster, seem-

ingly erupting four stories out of the

fairly flat ground to dominate the

landscape. You make your way in

through a tunnel under the track and

come out into the infield. You see

bleachers in every direction. Two long

garages, built with NASCAR teams in

mind, command the center, sur-

rounded by a sea of asphalt. If you

want grass, dust and dirt you have to

venture out to the center of the infield

where, during a race, spectators park.

Winter 2016 76

– Rick Kopec



We were excited to go back to North Carolina a third time. Even though Cobras and Shelbys never raced

there in the 1960s, everyone was happy to have a chance to scruff up that banking. Just like Ned Jarrett,

Cale Yarborough, Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson and Bobby Allison used to do.