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4-5-12 Quarter-Mile Event Postponed due to Weather

Tonight’s event at the Quarter Mile has been postponed due to weather. We don’t generally like to postpone an event prior to it actually raining at the speedway, however in today’s case we feel that rain is imminent for this evening. We have storms headed our way from both the south and the west. We don’t feel it would be in anyone’s best interest to have our competitors come out for the event, to only be sent home once the rain sets in. We are hoping all this rain will move out of here this evening and will be ready to go racing tomorrow night!
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Concord Speedway Quarter-Mile Event Schedules for April 5-6

CONCORD, N.C. (April 2, 2012) – The Concord Speedway Quarter-Mile track’s season has been compromised by rain several times, which has created some confusion among competitors and fans. Here is a run-down of what events will be held on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6.

On Thursday, April 5, Concord Speedway will make-up the event night that was previously scheduled to run on Friday, March 2. This event was never started. Therefore, no pit passes were sold and ANY Legend Car and Bandolero competitors are allowed to enter this event. Please review a detailed event schedule: http://concordspeedway.net/event-schedule-quarter-mile/

On Friday, April 6, Concord Speedway will run the Bandit, Arena Car, Young Lions, Semi-Pros and Outlaws divisions’ feature events that were rained out on Friday, March 30. After these features are over, we will run our regularly scheduled event with practice sessions, heat races and feature events for all divisions excluding Arena Cars. Because we will only be running a few make-up features and then beginning an entirely new show, pit passes from March 30 will not be honored. Please review a detailed event schedule: http://concordspeedway.net/event-schedule-quarter-mile/

Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 with any questions.

Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.

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Brooks, Love Break Qualifying Records in Late Model Stock Car and Street Stocks Divisions

CONCORD, N.C. (April 2, 2012) – Opening Night was one for the record books on many accounts, including record-breaking speeds and quick times by Kenny Brooks and Brian Love in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car and Pepsi Street Stocks divisions’ qualifying sessions. Brooks, of Concord, N.C., laid down a solid lap at 16.157 seconds and 111.407 mph in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division. His lap broke Bo Foust's previously held record of 16.287 seconds and 110.518 mph on October 29, 2005. Love, of Mount Pleasant, N.C., also broke a track record in the Pepsi Street Stocks division with his lap of 19.099 seconds and 94.246 mph. His lap broke Jeff Melton’s previously held record of 19.204 seconds and 93.730 mph on September 12, 2009. Next Saturday night, April 7, is Kid’s Night at the Races Sponsored by Town and Country Ford at Concord Speedway. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free! There will be racecar ride for the kids, bounce houses, face painting and a balloon artist. The racing show will feature 100 laps for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model division, 40 laps for the Pepsi Street Stocks, 25 laps for the Town and Country Ford Fast & Furious Fours and 25 laps for our Vintage Sportsman division! Grandstand admission is just 15 dollars and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Also new for this year, the speedway will be offering a Senior, Teen and Military discount admission of 10 dollars. Don’t miss the racing excitement at the track where grassroots racing lives, Concord Speedway! Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 with any questions. Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.
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Ross Furr Steals the Show in the Pepsi 100 Opening Night Race at Concord Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. (March 31, 2012) – Opening Night Sponsored by Pepsi proved to be a night full of action-packed racing excitement as the stands filled up for the first race back in just over three months. However, the feature winners of tonight’s events appeared to have never taken more than a day off as they drove hard battles to secure the top positions in their divisions. Ross Furr, of Concord, N.C., Charles Faassen, of Monroe, N.C., and Eric Harrington, of Kannapolis, N.C., all took home trophies. “This is the Concord Speedway that I remember,” said a prideful Furr after securing the victory in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division Pepsi 100 season-opener on Saturday, March 31. The Concord, N.C. native, Furr, was not the favorite to win as the pole sitter, Kenny Brooks, lead 75 of the 100-lap feature event. After a caution came out on lap 75, the field went green for a 25-lap shootout. Jerry Miracle, of Indian Trail, N.C., was the first to steal the lead from Brooks, but only for a moment before Furr spun Miracle exiting turn three. Brooks suffered heavy damage in the bottle-up and Miracle was given his position back at the restart. Miracle and Furr swapped back and forth for the lead, but Furr slammed into the back of Miracle coming to the checkered flag bringing out the caution and creating a green, white, checkered finish. The three-lap shootout left Furr as the winner with Bobby Measmer Jr., of Concord, N.C., and Brian Conforth, of Concord, N.C., following behind in second and third positions. “First race back and we win at Concord Speedway,” said Furr. “You can’t beat that, boy. I’ve just got to thank the Laton family for all of their hard work over the off-season and the updates and money they put back into this track.” Faassen took the checkered flag in the Pepsi Street Stocks division 40-lap feature event. Faassen took an early lead only seven laps into the race, but he had pole sitter, Brian Love, of Mount Pleasant, N.C., trailing close behind him in second. Love had a strong run coming out of the dog leg, but he spun exiting turn three and made a very narrow save to keep his car out of the wall as the half-way flag flew. Love tried to battle back, but Faassen’s lead after the restart had stretched to nearly half a track allowing him to stroll into victory lane with Love and Sonny Schoffen, of Mint Hill, N.C, settling for second and third positions. Harrington piloted his No. 8 car to victory lane in the 25-lap Town and Country Ford Fast and Furious Fours division feature event. Early on in the race, it looked as if Chris Parham, of China Grove, N.C., would take the victory in the Opening Night event by leading the first 17 laps before Harrington passed for the lead at the start/finish line. Even after Harrington took the lead, he had to weave his way strategically through heavy lap traffic for the remaining eight laps. Harrington powered to victory while the pole sitter, Adam Morgan, and Parham came across the line for a photo-finish battle for second and third place. Next Saturday night, April 7, is Kid’s Night at the Races Sponsored by Town and Country Ford at Concord Speedway. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free! There will be racecar ride for the kids, bounce houses, face painting and a balloon artist. The racing show will feature 100 laps for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model division, 40 laps for the Pepsi Street Stocks, 25 laps for the Town and Country Ford Fast & Furious Fours and 25 laps for our Vintage Sportsman division! Grandstand admission is just 15 dollars and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Also new for this year, the speedway will be offering a Senior, Teen and Military discount admission of 10 dollars. Don’t miss the racing excitement at the track where grassroots racing lives, Concord Speedway! Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 or visit our website at www.concordspeedway.net with any questions. Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.
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March 30, 2012 Quarter-Mile Event Postponed Until Next Friday

We were able to complete our make-up feature races from the March 17 rain out before yet another rain shower canceled tonight's event. Tonight's Bandits, Arena Car, Young Lions, Semi-Pro and Outlaw feature races will be run next Friday, April 6.

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Concord Speedway Ushers In Changes and Excitement at Saturday’s Opening Night

CONCORD, N.C. (March 30, 2012) – After what wasn’t much of an off-season for Concord Speedway, Opening Night comes with high hopes and a sigh of relief. Concord Speedway spent their off-season doing several renovations to not only the racing surface, but to their overall racing program as well.

Among Concord Speedway’s renovations for this season are fresh paint on all buildings, new bathroom facilities and several landscaping projects. They have also switched concession stand food vendors to US Foods and improved their Late Model division by increasing purse amounts and canceling the entry fee to increase car count and fan excitement.

Most recently, Concord Speedway was able to use the 10,000 dollars they were awarded by NASCAR Hometracks through their Capital Improvement Matching Funds Program to diamond-grind the racing surface to make it smoother, seal the cracks in the pavement and fix a hole in the wall to make the speedway safer.

The speedway hopes to showcase these updates to their fans and competitors this Saturday night, March 31 during their season-opener, the Pepsi 100. Opening Night will feature a 100 lap race for the Late Model Stock Car division with 40 laps for the Street Stocks and 25 laps for the Fast and Furious Fours. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. with racing action to start at 7:30 p.m. On hand to kick off the 2012 season with their littlest fans will be a face painter and a balloon artist. The speedway will also have a kid’s coin scramble on the frontstretch!

Grandstand admission is just 15 dollars and kids 12 and under are free. Also new for this year, the speedway will be offering a Senior, Teen and Military discount admission of 10 dollars.

Don’t miss the racing excitement at the track where grassroots racing lives, Concord Speedway!

Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 with any questions.

Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.

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Monroe Drivers Impressed By Concord Speedway’s Efforts For 2012 Season

CONCORD, N.C. (March 28, 2012) – Two members of the Monroe, N.C., community who moonlight as racecar drivers in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division at Concord Speedway got a sneak-peak at the speedway’s changes while practicing for the upcoming Opening Night on Saturday, March 31.

Andrew Thomas, a resident of Monroe, and Dr. Jerry Miracle of Miracle Dental Center, are among the many drivers who make the short commute from Monroe to race each week at Concord Speedway.

Although both drivers have raced at Concord Speedway in years past, they share the recent excitement over the speedway’s off-season updates and changes to the racing facility that has been in operation since 1982.

“As soon as I came out to test, I could tell there was lots of money and effort put into the track over the off-season,” said Miracle. “There has been a buzz about the speedway for the past few months, and I think the competition will really heat up this year with a lot of big names in racing coming back.”

Concord Speedway used the off-season to diamond-ground their racing surface, revamp their Late Model Stock Car program, change concession stand food vendors, pressure wash their grandstands, install new bathroom facilities and put a fresh coat of paint on nearly every building on the property. These changes have not gone unnoticed by the competitors either.

“It’s not even the same track,” said Thomas. “My family is from Monroe and I consider Concord Speedway my home track. After seeing and hearing about all of the changes and updates for the 2012 season, there is no reason why drivers like myself and race fans in the area shouldn’t support their local track.”

Concord Speedway’s Opening Night on Saturday, March 31 will feature three divisions of racing including Late Model Stock Cars, Street Stocks and Fast & Furious Fours. There will be a face painter and a coin scramble for the kids. The speedway is now offering Senior, Teen and Military discounts and as always, kids 12 and under are free! There is affordable fun for every age at Concord Speedway…where grassroots racing lives!

Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 with any questions.

Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.

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Radio Issues No Concern for Opening Night Thanks to Racing Electronics

Racing Electronics will have a service and sales technician onsite to address any radio issues that may arise for competitors on Opening Night. If you should need assistance before Opening Night, please stop by Racing Electronics or visit their website at www.racingelectronics.com.

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ATTN: Late Model Stock Car Division Rule Change

After the conclusion of our open practice session along with other data we have obtained, we feel it is necessary to make a change with the GM8604 and the FordD347SR (replacement engine of the Z351SR) crate engines. Going into the Season Opener, we will be allowing these crate engines to run the Holley 650 CFM part#HP80507-1 four-barrel carburetors that are used by many of the other local tracks. The weight will remain at 3,200 pounds total for an overall weight with a right side weight of 1,440 pounds. If a competitor elects to continue to run the 500 HP two-barrel carburetors, the total weight will be 3,100 pounds with a right side weight of 1,400 pounds.

The track will continue to monitor the crate engine program in an effort to maintain equal competition.

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Concord Speedway Forced to Postpone Tonight's Quarter-Mile Event

After reviewing tonight’s forecast, predicting severe weather as we are currently under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, Concord Speedway Management has decided that it is in the best interest of our competitors and fans to postpone tonight’s event at the Quarter-Mile. With gas at nearly 4 dollars a gallon and diesel at nearly 5 dollars a gallon we have decided to save everyone from enduring the cost of making the trip only to be sent away later this evening if the predicted rain moves in. On Friday, March 30, we will pick up with the events postponed on March 17, starting those divisions with a short round of practice. Tonight’s event will be rescheduled at a later date.