Charlotte's `Ten Days of May' Is A Success for Speedway Motorsports
26 May 1998Charlotte's `Ten Days of May' Is A Success for Speedway Motorsports
CONCORD, N.C., May 26 -- All the right ingredients mixed together during Charlotte Motor Speedway's "Ten Days of May" to create a record crowd of more than 400,000 fans for the events surrounding one of the premier stops on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series - the Coca-Cola 600. In excess of 150,000 streamed through the gates May 15-16 for the No Bull 25s Winston Qualifying events on Friday night and for Saturday night's The Winston, which is NASCAR Winston Cup Series' all star event. Another 250,000 people turned out the next week for Winston Cup qualifying on CT Communications Pole Night, for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series race and for the Coca-Cola 600 and other supporting events. "This May surpassed everything we have done in the past," stated H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer and President of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "Everything was bigger this year - attendance, publicity, drama and excitement. We added 12,000 seats to Charlotte this year which we sold out. These factors combined with good weather, helped us achieve record results for these events." The Winston lived up to its reputation as a race where anything can happen when Mark Martin passed Jeff Gordon as the latter ran out of fuel on the last lap. Martin came back strong the next week by winning the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 and by being a contender through much of the Coca-Cola 600. But Gordon was not to be denied as he won both the pole and race. Fireworks and a military maneuver, complete with Blackhawk and Apache helicopters, fueled the excitement surrounding the Memorial Day events. Speedway Motorsports' remaining schedule for the second quarter includes the Pronto Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and True Value 500 Indy Racing League weekend June 5 - 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, the Load Handler 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway June 20, and the Save Mart/Kragan 350 NASCAR Winston Cup weekend at Sears Point Raceway June 27 -28. Speedway Motorsports, the owner and operator of Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sears Point Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway and 600 Racing, Inc., is a leading promoter and marketer of motorsports entertainment in the United States.