NASCAR racing is huge in many sections of North Carolina, and Charlotte is considered as the birthplace of it all. Charlotte, like North Carolina, was the first in America's strictly-stock car racing. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (now known as NASCAR) was founded here in 1946 by Bill France Jr., who wanted to create a sport that would be popular with American drivers and fans.
During its early years, Charlotte had two major league sports teams: the Charlotte Hornets basketball team and the Charlotte Eagles football team. Both teams moved to other cities before becoming defunct. Today, we only have one major league sports team in Charlotte - the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.
In addition to stock cars, Charlotte is also famous for its wine country and craft beer industry. There are over 70 wineries and breweries in the area with more being opened every year.
The city is also home to Discovery World, a living museum that showcases the history of technology development. It contains over 150 exhibits on science, technology, art, and culture from around the world.
Finally, Charlotte is known as the Foodie Capital of North Carolina because we have so many great restaurants here. From classic French bistros to Southern barbecue joints, there's something for everyone!
North Carolina is the origin of NASCAR and home to 90% of race team shops. It also houses the NASCAR Hall of Fame and has produced some of the sport's most famous names, including Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty (widely considered the top two NASCAR drivers of all time).
NASCAR was founded in 1948 by Bill France Jr., who wanted a safe place for stock car races to be held. He found that no major cities had such events and so he created his own city tracks: Daytona Beach and Charlotte initially. Today, there are three major series that compete at each race: the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.
Each season, several hundred thousand people attend NASCAR races across the United States. The largest stadium events are usually between the Cup and Truck Series; however, the Xfinity Series does have one large event per year with its season finale known as "The Last Chance Qualifier." This is because only the last driver standing wins the Xfinity Series championship.
North Carolina: The Racing Heart Racing has strong origins in North Carolina. Those days are passed, but the legacy lives on via the Coca-Cola 600, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, racing schools, team stores, and motorsports museums. In addition to race cars, you can find race horses, bikes, and even ice cream made from sugar races. The International Speedway Corporation (ISCA) is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
There are also equestrian events held throughout the year in North Carolina. The largest event is the World Equestrian Festival which is held annually at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The festival features top riders from all over the world competing for awards and prizes. Other equestrian events include the North Carolina State Fair, the Virginia Horse Show, and the Southern Pines Summer Grand Prix Race Course.
The state of North Carolina is part of the Atlantic Coast region of the United States. It borders South Carolina to the east, Tennessee to the southeast, Virginia to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and north.
North Carolina was originally part of Virginia until 1763 when it became a separate colony. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh. There are seven other cities in the state with more than 100,000 people each: Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Richmond, and Wilmington.
North Carolina is known as the "Heart of Motorsports." Racing has deep roots in North Carolina. The sport began here when bootleggers modified their automobiles to evade the law—and then raced each other.
In fact, five of the top six winningest drivers in NASCAR history have a home in North Carolina: Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gordon. And even though Tony Stewart was killed while racing in South Carolina, he's still considered one of our own due to his family living in North Carolina at the time of his death.
There are many reasons why North Carolina is such an important part of NASCAR's history. Here's a look back at some of the most significant events in the sport's past: In 1947, Bill Elliott became the first driver from North Carolina to win a race when he took home the victory in the very first World 500 at Charlotte. He went on to win seven more races that season! In 1949, Lee Petty won the first of his nine consecutive Grand National championships. He died in 1972 at age 44 after suffering injuries during a race in Virginia. In 1990, Michael Waltrip became the first driver from North Carolina to win the Daytona 500. He's since gone on to win four more races including the 2001 championship.