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Home to the Coca-Cola 600 in May and the Bank of America 500 in September, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the beating heart of NASCAR country. Built in 1959 by Bruton Smith, the 1.5-mile track surrounded by 89,000 seats entices many of the industry’s best to set up shop in Concord, N.C. Even when there's not a race in town, engines are always revving at the track with the NASCAR Racing Experience and the nearby zMAX Dragway, which hosts year-round races. Discover the ins-and-outs of the track with the daily Feel the Thrill and Over the Wall tours, $10-$20.