Charlotte Motor Speedway Owner Puts Governor On the Spot for Tra -

Charlotte Motor Speedway Owner Puts Governor On the Spot for Track Improvements

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At an event to proclaim May as Motorsports Month, Charlotte Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith told Governor Pat McCrory Thursday he wants to make upgrades at the race track. Smith made the announcement in front of television cameras. Smith told McCrory, “While you’re here, I’ve got to find some time to talk with you. We want to spend $100 million here and improve our situation. And I certainly would like to have you say, ‘Well, that’s a good thing.”

Smith went on to say, “Now that I’ve got you here, we only want to spend 100 (million). Downtown Charlotte spending 88 million on something that was built just a few years ago. Well, I built this place in 1960. That was awhile back. That’s what we say Down Under…So anyway, Do you want me to come and see you and talk to you, or do you want to do it right here in front of God and everybody?”

McCrory responded, “I just came back from the prayer breakfast, so why don’t we do it later?”

Smith did not specifically ask the governor for state money to upgrade the track. A spokesperson for the speedway tells My Fox Carolinas it was a light-hearted exchange between Smith and the governor, and there is no additional information on possible track improvements.

A governor’s spokesman says there won’t be money for any stadiums in the governor’s recommended budget.


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