NASCAR & Auto Racing

Preliminary plans are submitted for dragstrip at Lowe's Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. - Bruton Smith has submitted preliminary plans to Concord for the $60 million dragstrip he's building across from Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Last fall, The city's inital rejection of those plans touched off a seven-week fight between Concord and Smith, who had threatened to move the speedway.

Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., now plans to proceed with the dragstrip and also make $200 million in improvements at the speedway, in exchange for $80 million in government incentives.

The preliminary plans show a dragstrip and grandstands with box suites, a control tower with space for glass-enclosed suites, and new parking areas surrounding the dragstrip.

The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway is between the dragstrip and U.S. 29.

There are no surprises in the plan, said Margaret Pearson, the city's director of development services.

"This is pretty much what Bruton said he was going to do," she said Wednesday.

Because of neighborhood concerns, a separate noise-abatement plan will be submitted to the city Friday or Monday, city officials said.

After a staff review of all plans, the Concord Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to make a decision on Jan. 29.