|Stock car racing
||Last updated on June 10, 2012|
When I emigrated to the States from Canada in 1992, I could have gone anywhere on the continent. I decided to move to Harrisburg, North Carolina, the world
center of stock car racing. Most of the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series teams are located near Charlotte, with many of them within a short drive from the
Charlotte Motor Speedway, which I lived across the highway from for a year. It's a different world there. Every day was like being at the movies. If you like
racing, there's no place like Charlotte.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway is located on the east side of Highway 29, about halfway between Charlotte and Concord, which are roughly twenty miles apart. The
corner of Highway 29 and Morehead Road could be considered Stock Car Central. Here's a quick tour.
The building on the northeast corner is home to a Goodyear racing tire warehouse, Simpson Race Products, illustrator Sam Bass, and Darrell Waltrip's Busch
Series and ASA race shop. Directly north lies the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is almost its own city.
To the east, you'll find the race shops for Geoff Bodine, Sabco Racing, Bobby Allison, Dave Rezindes and Andy Hillenberg, Jr. Southeast of the corner is
Darrell Waltrip's Winston Cup shop. On the way there, going east on Hudspeth Road, the first building you'll see on your right was Dale Earnhardt's very first
race shop back in the Seventies.
On the west side of Highway 29, right across from the speedway, lies a complex that houses numerous racing-related businesses.
Right on northwest the corner is one of the most important stops you can make when you're in North Carolina: the Speedway Restaurant. You'll have a chance to
sample some real Southern hospitality, thanks to Bill and all of the staff. The cooking's good too I call it "simple, honest food for simple, honest
people". The other thing you'll enjoy about the place is its racing atmosphere. There's usually someone in the place that's either on a team or in some way
involved in racing. But the pictures and postcards all over the walls are a thirty-year collection of ways people have thanked Bill and everyone there for
providing good food and a good atmosphere.
Going west on Morehead road, it's about a mile to the turnoff on the right that goes down the hill to the ten-acre Hendrick Motorsports complex. This is one of
the few race shops you'll find that's really equipped to give tours. Inside the main entrance you'll see one of their race cars, like their IMSA Corvette. A
glass case houses some souvenirs donated by the family of the late Tim Richmond, including his famous hat. Behind the wall lies the engine shop, with four
dynos and as many as twenty dry-sump NASCAR small-block Chevy engines on stands all lined up waiting for their customers. The complex also has a big fab shop,
a well-equipped machine shop and an area for each of their race teams. That Gordon kid was a Yankee, so they stuck his butt out back.
When you're at the Hendrick Motorsports shop, look at the buildings directly to the west. The first one you see is where Harry Hyde lived for many years. You
may know that in the movie Days of Thunder, Robert DuVall played the part of Harry Hyde (and Tom Cruise played Tim Richmond). Beside Harry's is his cousin
Tommy Johnson's race car fabrication shop. But don't get too close to these buildings. The stray dogs that Harry and Tommy adopted have assumed the roles of
race shop guardians. They're sort of like rednecks. They bark a lot, but they're good dogs.
To find other race shops in the area, just ask around. Just keep in mind that racing is a business, and although they appreciate your interest and would like
to show you around, most race shops just aren't able to give tours to people.
If you love stock car racing, you've got to experience North Carolina.
Stock car racers
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
The Ryan Newman Foundation
Stock car racing teams
Bobby Allison Racing
Bill Davis Racing
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
Bud Moore Engineering
Morgan-McLure Motorsports, Inc.
RCR Richard Childress Racing
Roush Fenway Racing
Skittles Racing Team
Wood Brothers Racing Team
Stock car parts manufacturers
There are hundreds of links to racing parts manufacturers in the
Speed equipment directory. Only
companies that specialize in stock car parts are listed here.
A&A Manufacturing chassis components
Childress Race Cars chassis builder
Circle Racing Wheels
GRT Race Cars chassis builder
Hutcherson Pagan stock car chassis builder
Performance Bodies aluminum stock car bodies
Port City Racing
Roush Industries race car engineering and design
Speedway Engineering rear ends and sway bars
Stock Car Products stock car parts
Stock car racing associations
ARCA Automobile Racing Club of America
AllStar Race Truck Series
IMCA International Motor Contest Association
NASCAR Touring Series
V8 Supercars Australia Shell Australian Touring Car Championship
More stock car racing sites
Buck Baker Racing Schools
Fast Track Driving Schools
Jayski's Silly Season Site
MRN Radio The Motor Racing Network
NASCAR Hall of Fame
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame
Racing Adventures rent a stock car
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