Metrolina to be revitalized? Check out this link to an article on Charlotte.com about a new plan for the old track. And John Montera is working with the group that is revitalizing Metrolina. He is looking for more information, photos and memorabilia about the track to celebrate the track's history. Email him if you have anything.
Photos of Metrolina Speedway - Fall 05
Built in the mid 1960s and located at the Metrolina Fairgrounds in NE Charlotte, Metrolina operated as Speedworld and was known as the Charlotte Fairgrounds Speedway also. The 1/2 mile banked clay track ran mostly on Friday nights. The track was paved briefly in the 70s and ran NASCAR sponsored races promoted by Ned Jarrett. Unfortunately even with drivers such as Jack Ingram, Harry Gant, Butch Lindley and Dale Earnhardt competing there, they couldn't draw enough fans to stay open. The track was returned to dirt and continued operating until the mid 1990s with some breaks. During the time it was paved Dale won his first asphalt race there. And before his break into Winston Cup in 79 he was racing at Metrolina. At the time Metrolina ran "Run Whatcha Brung" races where anything was legal. Nitrous oxide, spoilers, etc. were all common and there were some great races.
|Remember these? This is Freddie Query's winged(?) warrior at Metrolina in the 80s.|
|Billy Scott and his #14 Camaro at Metrolina Speedway. Billy was a regular competitor and a fast one in the area for many years.|
|A color photo from the early 70s of Heyward and a Robert Gee Camaro at Metrolina Speedway.
(Thanks for Gene Lefler for the photo)
|The control tower is visible in the background. I think #22 was Larry Wallace, a local hotshoe that worked days at Holman-Moody in Charlotte.|
|Pit road, the concession stand and tower in the infield is visible on the right. Plus a rare Ford late model sportsmen car.|
|One more shot from Metrolina.|
||From about 1998, Jason Hilton and his late model|
|Here is an aerial shot of the track.|
Metrolina hosted the World of Outlaws first races in the Carolinas and other sprint car series made stops there until the mid 90s. Car races stopped about the same time and a motocross track was built on the front stretch and infield. Races were held for a few years. The remains were supposed to be razed in 2002 for expansion of the Metrolina Expo center.
UPDATE: Chris Gordon recently stopped by Metrolina and sent me some photos of the place as it sits in late 2005. It looks better than I expected and could be re-opened with some work. .
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