Equipment has moved into the complex as the track is being removed
Concord Speedway was built in 1982 by Henry Furr. The track is located in Midland, North Carolina, southeast of Concord.
View photos of the Concord Speedway construction below.
The facility features a 1/2-mile tri-oval as well as a 1/4-mile oval. Both are asphalt short tracks.
Furr previously operated a dirt track which was sold. So, he constructed a new 4/10-mile dirt track.
In the beginning, it was a dirt track. At the tie, no walls surrounded the speedway. The concrete barriers wasn’t added until 1984.
In 1986, Furr decided to pave the speedway. However, it wasn’t until 1991 when the track was reconfigured, adding a dogleg and making the three corner oval.
Ahead of the 1997 season, David Laton purchased the track. Late models became the headline weekly class. The NASCAR Southeast Series made it’s debut in 1997.
In 1999, Laton repaved the track, replaced the barriers and fencing.
ASA headlined two events at the track in 2001 and 2003. Those races were won by Johnny Cauter and Davin Scites.
In 2012, weekly racing was brought to a halt on the half-mile. However, the 1/4-mile track welcomed Legends machines on a weekly basis.
In 2013, many pot holes began to appear on the race track and in the pit area. Track crews scraped off a top layer of asphalt then repaved, just in the lower groove.
In 2015, the national late model scene returned to the 1/2-mile track with the PASS and CARS Tour divisions. Additionally, the North-South Shootout event returned, an event with once brought super late model drivers from all over the country.
The CARS Tour did not return following a race in 2017. In 2018, the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series was the headline of the season along with the North-South Shootout.
Over the years, the Big 10 was also staple event for the facility.
In 2019, Darren Hacket moved his North-South Shootout event away from Concord due to uncertainty around the facility. Soon after, the racing season was abruptly cut short at the facility and the track declared season champions in July.
Marketing director Jennifer Campbell stated in July 2019, “I just wanted to say a quick thank you to all the competitors, teams, fans and coworkers that I have had the pleasure to get to know during my past ten years while working at Concord Speedway. My family and I are truly blessed to have gotten to know so many wonderful people through the years.
The track appeared on loopnet, listed for $1.95 million. Later that year, it was announced that David Laton had sold the facility.
CoPart USA is now the owner of the track. The company is based out of Dallas, Texas and provides online vehicle auction and remarketing services to automotive resellers such as insurance, rental car, fleet and finance companies.
Concord Speedway being torn down
Now, equipment has moved into the facility. The fencing has been removed and they’re beating away at the asphalt. Concord Speedway is officially dead.
Rodney Childers, crew chief of the No. 4 for Kevin Harvick commented, “Saw this picture yesterday of them tearing down Concord Speedway. So many memories there. Raced go karts out back, raced my first legend car race there, my first ASA race there. Won the 64k LMSC race, and the best Big 10 race I remember seeing with Clay Rogers…. Sucks.”
The photo below shows the equipment tearing up the 1/4-mile oval. The half-mile is next on the agenda.