Officials Break Ground for The Dragway @ Lowe's Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2008) - Bruton Smith, founder and chief
executive officer of Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett and
Jay White, chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, broke
ground today for The Dragway @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The quarter-mile drag strip will join Lowe's Motor Speedway's
legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway and four-tenths-mile dirt track in
presenting America's most popular auto racing series to fans from around the
The drag racing facility will open Sept. 11-14 with the inaugural
NHRA Carolinas Nationals, round 19 of the 24-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
The dragway will be located on 125 acres of LMS property across U.S.
Highway 29 from the superspeedway, adjacent to The Dirt Track. The track's
most prominent feature will be a 34,000-square-foot starting-line tower that
includes 16 luxury suites and an additional 4,000 square-feet of roof access
Initial plans call for two steel-and-aluminum grandstand structures,
one on each side of the drag strip, with a seating capacity of 30,000 and
room for expansion to 60,000.
EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution images from the groundbreaking ceremony can
be downloaded from Lowe's Motor Speedway's digital media site at: