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Hall of Fame keeps teams from moving
With NASCAR's schedule realignment, including two races at the California Speedway and the Texas Motor Speedway and new tracks in Las Vegas, Kansas City and Chicago, there have been rumblings about race teams moving to a more centralized location in the United States. After Hurricane Katrina, teams spent over $5,000 on gas to go cross country to Fontana, Calif. It's expensive to get your teams out to tracks in the Midwest and on the West Coast so it made sense for them to be centrally located. As the sport has grown, however, over 90 percent of the race teams have stayed, expanded their shops and built new buildings. They have become more fan-friendly and interactive, and Charlotte has become more of a destination. Getting the Hall of Fame should help keep most teams within a 50-mile radius of Lowe's Motor Speedway. There are thousands of jobs in the Charlotte, Mooresville, Concord area. It's a huge industry.
|Speed Mail Steve|
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