The city of Concord, North
Carolina is quickly learning that life with a strip
can be a drag. According to a report in the Charlotte Observer, the city has
reversed its opposition to Bruton Smith’s drag strip on the grounds of Lowe’s
Smith has threatened to
build his strip elsewhere, possibly on relocated Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Smith said on "Tony
Stewart Live" on Sirius NASCAR Radio, "So now they've decided maybe
they do want it.
"One day we will look
back at this, I hope, and we'll all laugh about it," Smith said. "But
in the meantime, when I get home I will take a look and read exactly what
they've done and try to diagnose the whole thing."
Council members voted to
consider amending the speedway’s zoning, which they voted last week to ban drag
John Cox, head of the
Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the move is exactly what Smith’s
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Ramseur admitted
that even this reversal couldn’t guarantee that Smith will keep the racing
facility in Concord.