Smith Might Move Charlotte Fall Race
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on May 20, 2013 | 9:17 P.M. EST
Bruton Smith told a Charlotte TV station Monday that there’s a 70 percent chance he’ll move Charlotte Motor Speedway’s fall race to Las Vegas. (Photo: Getty Images)
Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., told WBTV that such a move has “been in the stages for at least a year" but did not give a timetable on when it might happen.
NASCAR would have to approve a race being moved from one track to another.
“Tracks have the ability to request re-alignment," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, in a statement. “We review and always decide based on the best interest of the entire sport of NASCAR. We’re beginning the 2014 process now and have not had any formal requests to re-align."
Smith is not worried about NASCAR’s process, telling WBTV: “I know (NASCAR) would approve this."
Smith has wanted a second NASCAR Sprint Cup race date for Las Vegas Motor Speedway for years. Instead, NASCAR moved the Cup banquet there in 2009.
In 2007, Smith threatened to move Charlotte Motor Speedway to another location when the Concord City Council voted against a proposed drag strip. It eventually was approved.
Smith told WBTV that moving a date from Charlotte to Las Vegas is “not a threat per se. I think some people know about this because they say sometimes there’s no secrets."
Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts three Cup races - the Coca-Cola 600, the Bank of America 500 and the Sprint All-Star race.
"We don't like to hurt Charlotte in any way, shape or form," Smith told WBTV. “We might have something smaller in its place. Even though we move the Cup out there, there might be something else here."
SMI last moved dates in 2011, taking a race from Atlanta Motor Speedway and moving it to Kentucky Speedway.