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Despite having over eight million people, the disbursement of North Carolina's population over three major metropolitan areas has precluded attracting any major professional sports league teams until recently. North Carolina remains without a Major League Baseball team despite numerous efforts to attract a team to the state (including the 2006 push to relocate the Florida Marlins to Charlotte). Much of this has to do with North Carolinians preference of college athletics (see below). Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... The term major professional sports league is used to describe the most important and well regarded leagues in the biggest professional sports in a country or region. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5 42 (neither for a Marlins player) Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) also known as Dolphins Stadium (2005-2006) also known as Pro Player Stadium (1996-2004) also known as...


On June 19, 2006 the Carolina Hurricanes, a National Hockey League (NHL) franchise based in Raleigh, won the Stanley Cup. The Hurricanes are the first professional sports team from North Carolina to win their sport's highest championship. Home games are played in RBC Center. The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The RBC Center (originally the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena) is an indoor arena located in Raleigh, North Carolina. ...


The National Football League is represented by the Carolina Panthers, who play home games in the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The National Basketball Association is represented by the Charlotte Bobcats; home games are played in the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, which is also home court to the Women's National Basketball Association team, the Charlotte Sting. For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... Bank of America Stadium is a football stadium located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They play in the Southeast Division, created because of the teams entry, of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. ... Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or The CBA and for hockey uses, St. ... The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... The Charlotte Sting are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Charlotte, North Carolina and they were one of the eight original teams that began to see action in 1997. ...


The Carolina RailHawks are a men's professional soccer team in the USL First Division, due to compete in their first season in 2007. Home field is the SAS Stadium in Cary. North Carolina has two teams in the USL Second Division, the Charlotte Eagles (who have won multiple titles) and the Wilmington Hammerheads. The state also boasts two teams from the Premier Development League, the Carolina Dynamo playing out of Greensboro, and the Cary RailHawks U23's who groundshare with the RailHawks. Like in other sports, soccer enjoys popularity at the college level. Carolina RailHawks Football Club is a professional soccer team located in Cary, North Carolina set to play in the USL First Division in the 2007 season. ... The United Soccer Leagues First Division (often referred to as simply, USL-1) is a professional mens soccer league in North America. ... The SAS Stadium is a 7,000 seat stadium in Cary, North Carolina that is primarily used for soccer. ... Nickname: Technology Town of North Carolina Location of Cary shown within North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina County Wake County Founded 1750 Incorporated April 6, 1871  - Mayor Ernie McAlister Area    - City 112. ... The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional mens soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. ... The Charlotte Eagles are a professional soccer club based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Wilmington Hammerheads are a minor league soccer team based in Wilmington, North Carolina. ... The USL Premier Development League (PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada. ... Carolina Dynamo was founded in 1993 as Greensboro Dynamo and was renamed in 1996, following a move to the United Soccer Leagues. ... Greensboro is a city located in Guilford County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. ... Cary RailHawks U23s are an American soccer team, founded in 2002. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... An NCAA tournament game between Indiana University and the University of Tulsa in 2004 College soccer is a term used to describe soccer that is played by teams operated by colleges and universities as opposed to a professional league operated for exclusively financial purposes. ...


The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was established in February, 1963, with the support of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, "to honor those persons who by excellence of their activities in or connected with the world of sports have brought recognition and esteem to themselves and to the State of North Carolina." The Hall of Fame inducted its first five members in December of that year. The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was established in February 1963, with the support of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, to honor those persons who by excellence of their activities in or connected with the world of sports have brought recognition and esteem to themselves and to the State... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


Michael Jordan (Wilmington), arguably America's greatest ever athlete, is a North Carolinian. Professional wrestler Ric Flair (calls Charlotte home) is also well worth mentioning. For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... For other places called Wilmington, see Wilmington Wilmington is a city located in New Hanover County, North Carolina. ... Ric Flair (born February 25, 1949 [1] and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its RAW brand. ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see American metropolises, Charlotte, North Carolina is the countrys second biggest banking center. ...

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College athletics

North Carolinians are generally very passionate about college athletics, particularly college basketball. Refers to a set of physical activities comprising sports and games. ... College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. // The game of basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. ...


North Carolina vs. Duke

North Carolina is home to what many consider the best rivalry in American sports, North Carolina vs. Duke. Chapel Hill (UNC) and Durham (Duke) are only 8 miles apart. This rivalry reaches it's climax in basketball but often spills over to other sports including football where the teams play for the Victory Bell. The soccer rivalry is also substantial due to the fact that the two teams are always near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Duke was founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, moved to Durham in 1892. ... Tipoff of UNC-Duke game The UNC-Duke rivalry, sometimes referred to as The Battle of Tobacco Road or The Battle of the Blues, is a fierce rivalry, particularly in mens college basketball, between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) athletic teams. ... City nickname: The Southern Part of Heaven County Orange County Mayor Kevin C. Foy Area  - Total  - Water 51. ... Durham is a city located in Durham County, North Carolina. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...


At the end of the school year the school which has beaten the other more times in all sports is awarded the Carlyle Cup. The Carlyle Cup is the championship trophy in the UNC-Duke rivalry. ...


Other rivalries

As UNC and Duke are not the only college athletic powers in the state other big rivalries exist. Among these include the other two North Carolina based ACC schools, NC State (Raleigh) and Wake Forest (Winston-Salem). As with UNC-Duke this rivalry is mainly in basketball but exists in the other sports as well. In football NC State is often viewed as the only national power of the four but this changed in 2006 when Wake pulled a shock upset to win the ACC Championship. State and Wake usually join UNC and Duke in battling for the ACC soccer championship which helps to build the rivalry even more. North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... Downtown Raleigh as seen from the Boylan St. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... Winston-Salem is a city located in Forsyth County, North Carolina. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


A recent source of pride for North Carolinians has been the football success of Appalachian State (Boone). The Mountaineers won the Division I-AA championship in 2005 and 2006. App. State enjoys a rivalry with fellow high country school Western Carolina (Cullowhee). This rivalry is mainly in football though it also extends to other sports. Appalachian State University is a public university located in Boone, North Carolina and the sixth largest institution in the University of North Carolina system. ... Boone is a town located in the northern mountains of North Carolina and in Watauga County, North Carolina, for which it is the county seat6 and market town. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Western Carolina University is one of the sixteen public universities that make up the University of North Carolina System. ... Cullowhee is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Jackson County, North Carolina, United States. ...


Recently two schools from Mecklenburg, UNC Charlotte and Davidson, have started to meet regularly in basketball despite being in separate conferences. Location in the state of North Carolina Formed 1762 Seat Charlotte Area  - Total  - Water 1,415 km² (546 mi²) 52 km² (20 mi²) 3. ... The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a public university located in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Davidson College is a private liberal arts college for 1,700 students in Davidson, North Carolina. ...


List of Division I schools

Institution Location Established Conference School type Undergraduate Enrollment Varsity sports
Appalachian State Boone 1899 SoCon Public (UNC) 13,447 18
Campbell Buies Creek 1887 A-Sun Private (Baptist)  ? 19
Davidson Davidson 1837 SoCon* Private (Presbyterian) 1,700 21
Duke Durham 1838 ACC Private 6,244 26
East Carolina Greenville 1907 C-USA Public (UNC) 17,728 19
Elon Elon 1889 SoCon Private (United Church of Christ) 4,849 16
Gardner-Webb Boiling Springs 1905 A-Sun Private (Baptist) ~4,000 19
High Point High Point 1924 Big South Private (Methodist) 2,699 14
North Carolina Chapel Hill 1789 ACC Public (UNC) 16,764 28
North Carolina A&T Greensboro 1891 MEAC Public (UNC) 9,735 11
North Carolina State Raleigh 1887 ACC Public (UNC) 23,730 26
UNC Asheville Asheville 1927 Big South Public (UNC) 3,453 9
UNC Charlotte Charlotte 1946 A-10 Public (UNC) 16,584 12
UNC Greensboro Greensboro 1891 SoCon Public (UNC) 12,291 16
UNC Wilmington Wilmington 1947 CAA Public (UNC) 10,581 19
Wake Forest Winston-Salem 1834 ACC Private (Baptist) 4,231 18
Western Carolina Cullowhee 1889 SoCon Public (UNC) 8,891 13
Winston-Salem State Winston-Salem 1892 MEAC Public (UNC) 5,567 14

Notes: Appalachian State University is a public university located in Boone, North Carolina and the sixth largest institution in the University of North Carolina system. ... Boone is a town located in the northern mountains of North Carolina and in Watauga County, North Carolina, for which it is the county seat6 and market town. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. Its football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), the lower of two levels of Division I football competition (formerly known as Division I-AA). ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... Campbell Fighting Camels Campbell University is a university in Buies Creek, North Carolina, US. Campbell is a coeducational, church-related (Baptist) university, and has an approximately equal number of male and female students. ... Buies Creek is a census-designated place located in Harnett County, North Carolina. ... The Atlantic Sun Conference is a college athletic conference which operates primarily on the east coast of the United States. ... Baptist is a term describing a tradition within Christianity and may also refer to individuals belonging to a Baptist church or a Baptist denomination. ... Davidson College is a private liberal arts college for 1,700 students in Davidson, North Carolina. ... For Davidson County, North Carolina, click here Davidson is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, lying right along the southern edge of the Iredell and Mecklenburg County line. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. Its football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), the lower of two levels of Division I football competition (formerly known as Division I-AA). ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Duke was founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, moved to Durham in 1892. ... Durham is a city located in Durham County, North Carolina. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... East Carolina University (ECU) is a public, coeducational, research intensive university located in Greenville, North Carolina, USA. ECU is the third largest university in North Carolina with an enrollment of over 24,000 students and the fastest-growing campus in the University of North Carolina system. ... Greenville, one of the fastest growing cities in the State of North Carolina, is located in Pitt County on the Tar River. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference which is now in the Southern United States. ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... Elon University is a private liberal arts university in Elon, North Carolina founded in 1889 by the Christian Church, which is now the United Church of Christ. ... Elon (also known as Elon College) is a town located in Alamance County, North Carolina. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. Its football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), the lower of two levels of Division I football competition (formerly known as Division I-AA). ... Disambiguation: This article is about the United States denomination known as United Church of Christ. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Boiling Springs is a town located in Cleveland County, North Carolina. ... The Atlantic Sun Conference is a college athletic conference which operates primarily on the east coast of the United States. ... Baptist is a term describing a tradition within Christianity and may also refer to individuals belonging to a Baptist church or a Baptist denomination. ... High Point University is a private, liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina affiliated with The United Methodist Church and dedicated to the Judeo-Christian principles of inclusiveness and diversity. ... Nickname: Furniture and Hosiery Capital of the World Location in Guilford County and the state of North Carolina Country United States State North Carolina Counties Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Forsyth Mayor Rebecca Smothers Area    - City 95. ... The Big South Conference is a College Athletic Conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I-AA in football and Division I in all other sports; it was founded in 1983. ... This article is about the current denomination in the United States. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Nickname: The Southern Part of Heaven Location in North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina Counties Orange, Durham, and Chatham Founded 1793 Mayor Kevin C. Foy Area    - City 51. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... North Carolina A&T State University North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) is a land-grant doctoral/research intensive university located in Greensboro, North Carolina. ... Greensboro is a city located in Guilford County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. ... The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which consists of historically black colleges in the southeastern United States. ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... Downtown Raleigh as seen from the Boylan St. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... The University of North Carolina at Asheville (known for short as UNC Asheville) is a public liberal arts university in Asheville, North Carolina. ... Downtown Asheville bustles with activity at midday while smog silently obscures the Smoky Mountains to the west. ... The Big South Conference is a College Athletic Conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I-AA in football and Division I in all other sports; it was founded in 1983. ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte, or for athletics purposes, Charlotte), is a public, coeducational, research intensive university located in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, is one of sixteen public universities in the University of North Carolina System. ... Nickname: The Queen City, Hornets Nest Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina  - Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Area    - City  280. ... The Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly in the eastern United States; it also has two member schools in Ohio. ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public university in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA and is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. ... Greensboro is a city located in Guilford County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. Its football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), the lower of two levels of Division I football competition (formerly known as Division I-AA). ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a public university located in Wilmington, North Carolina. ... For other places called Wilmington, see Wilmington Wilmington is a city located in New Hanover County, North Carolina. ... The Colonial Athletic Association, also known as the CAA, is a NCAA Division I college athletic conference whose members are located in East Coast states from Massachusetts to Georgia. ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... Nickname: Twin City, Camel City Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina Counties Forsyth County Founded Incorporated 1766 (Salem) 1849 (Winston) 1913 Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area    - City 283. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... Baptist is a term describing a tradition within Christianity and may also refer to individuals belonging to a Baptist church or a Baptist denomination. ... Western Carolina University is one of the sixteen public universities that make up the University of North Carolina System. ... Cullowhee is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Jackson County, North Carolina, United States. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. Its football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), the lower of two levels of Division I football competition (formerly known as Division I-AA). ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ... Winston-Salem State University is a four-year is a public, coeducational, research university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... Winston-Salem is a city located in Forsyth County, North Carolina. ... The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which consists of historically black colleges in the southeastern United States. ... University of North Carolina Seal The University of North Carolina System is a sixteen university system which comprises all public 4-year colleges and/or universities in North Carolina and consists of 16 separate campuses across the state. ...

The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates literally from coast to coast in the United States It has member schools that range from North Carolina and Florida in the east to California in the west. ... The Colonial Athletic Association, also known as the CAA, is a NCAA Division I college athletic conference whose members are located in East Coast states from Massachusetts to Georgia. ... The American Lacrosse Conference, also known as the ALC, is a NCAA Division I Womens Lacrosse-only college athletic conference whose members are located in the Midwest and East Coast states from Illinois to Florida. ...

Motorsports

North Carolina has a proud history in motorsports and claims to be the home to 80% of American racing teams, mostly from NASCAR. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is being built in uptown Charlotte. Many of the sports legends started out as moonshine runners in the North Carolina high country. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR has committed itself to building a Hall of Fame at some location in the southern or midwestern United States. ... Shine Road The name tells the history of this back road in Hemingway, South Carolina Revenue men at the site of moonshine stills, Kentucky, 1911 or before Moonshine (sometimes known as Poitín, mooney, creek water, hooch, Portuguese grape juice, white lightning, and many others) is a common slang term...


Stars

Richard Petty (Level Cross) and Dale Earnhardt (Kannapolis) were both born in North Carolina and are a great source of pride for Carolinians (both North and South) and Southerners in general. Both men won the Winston Cup a record 7-times. Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937 in Level Cross, North Carolina) is a renowned former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver. ... This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ... Kannapolis is a city in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, next to Concord and northeast of Charlotte. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35... Southern United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ...


Earnhardt's son, Dale Jr. (also Kannapolis) has become the face of NASCAR and is a sports hero in the Carolinas. Fellow current drivers Brian Vickers (Thomasville), and Scott Riggs (Durham) are also very popular with local fans. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Kannapolis is a city in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, next to Concord and northeast of Charlotte. ... The Carolinas is a collective term used in the United States to refer to the States of North and South Carolina together. ... Vickers crew working on his 2004 car Brian Lee Vickers is an American NASCAR driver. ... Thomasville is a city in Davidson County, North Carolina, USA. The population was 19,788 at the 2000 census. ... Scott Riggs #10 Chevrolet from 2005. ... Nickname: Bull City, City of Medicine Location in North Carolina Country United States State North Carolina County Durham County  - Mayor Bill Bell Area    - City 245. ...


Dale Sr. is the son of Ralph Earnhardt (now passed) and the father of Kerry Earnhardt (also both Kannapolis). Ralph Earnhardt (died 1973) was a NASCAR racing legend and father of Dale Earnhardt. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kannapolis is a city in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, next to Concord and northeast of Charlotte. ...


Petty's father Lee (passed) and son Kyle (both Randleman) are also very popular. Kyle's son Adam (High Point) was tragically killed when his car crashed during a practice at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Lee Petty (March 14, 1914 (near Randleman, North Carolina) - April 5, 2000) was an American stock car driver in the 1950s and 60s. ... A dated Kyle Petty NASCAR picture. ... Randleman is a city in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. ... Adam Kyler Petty (July 10, 1980 - May 12, 2000) was the first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history. ... High Point is a city located in Guilford County, North Carolina. ... New Hampshire International Speedway is a 1. ... Location in Merrimack County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Merrimack County Incorporated 1773  - Board of Selectmen Dustin Bowles Roger Maxfield Steven R. Ives Area    - Town 123. ...


Outside of the Earnhardt and Petty clans North Carolina is home to many other NASCAR legends such as Junior Johnson (Wilkes County), Richard Childress (Winston-Salem), Ned and Dale Jarrett (both Newton), Andy Petree (Hickory), and Rick Hendrick (Warrenton). Robert Glen Johnson, Jr. ... Wilkes County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Richard Childress (born September 21, 1945 in Winston-Salem, NC) is a former NASCAR driver and successful team owner in NASCAR Nextel Cup competition. ... Winston-Salem is a city located in Forsyth County, North Carolina. ... Ned Jarrett (born October 12, 1932 in Newton, North Carolina) was a two-time NASCAR champion. ... Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956 in Newton, North Carolina) is an American race car driver. ... Newton is a city located in Catawba County, North Carolina. ... Andy Petree (born August 15, 1958 in Hickory, North Carolina), is a long-time fixture in NASCAR. After racing for years at local short track(most notably Hickory Motor Speedway), Andy became part owner of the #32 Busch Series car for Dale Jarrett. ... Hickory is a city located in Catawba County, North Carolina. ... Rick Hendrick (born July 12, 1949), born in Charlotte is an owner of several NASCAR stock cars, as well as one of the largest automotive chains in the United States. ... Warrenton is a town located in Warren County, North Carolina. ...


Tracks

Once a major part of the NASCAR circuit North Carolina now only has one track on the schedule, Charlotte. The 167,000-seat Charlotte track is arguably the heart and soul of NASCAR. The track, actually in Concord, hosts three Nextel Cup events every season, including the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge (formally The Winston). Charlotte also hosts NASCAR's longest and most grueling race, the Coca-Cola 600 every May. The winner of the race earns tremendous respect among peers and fans due to the distance (the longest on the circuit) and the weather, North Carolina is known for extremely humid and hot summers. During race weeks Concord is said to balloon from it's normal population of just under 56,000 to over 300,000. Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... Concord is a city located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, formerly known as The Winston until 2004, is a race open to race winners from the previous season as well as the current season. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, formerly known as The Winston until 2003, is a race open to race winners from the previous season as well as the current season. ... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Humidity is the quantity of moisture in the air. ...


Former Winston/Nextel Cup tracks include North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Carolina Speedway, and Metrolina Speedway. The former two sit unused but could host races within two months, Metrolina however would require serious investment to ever host any level of racing again. North Wilkesboro Speedway is a short track which held races in NASCARs top three series from NASCARs inception in 1949 until its closure in 1996. ... The North Carolina Speedway, affectionately known as The Rock, was home to NASCAR racing from 1966 to 2004. ... Metrolina Speedway is an auto racing track located in northeast Charlotte, North Carolina on the Metrolina Fairgrounds. ...


Races

Series Date Race Track
NEXTEL Cup May 19, 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Open1 Lowe's Motor Speedway
May 19, 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge1 Lowe's Motor Speedway
May 27, 2007 Coca-Cola 600 Lowe's Motor Speedway
October 13, 2007 Bank of America 5002 Lowe's Motor Speedway
Busch Series May 26, 2007 Carquest Auto Parts 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway
October 12, 2007 Dollar General 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway
Craftsman Truck Series May 18, 2007 Quaker Steak and Lube 200 Lowe's Motor Speedway
Hooters Pro Cup April 28, 2007 TBA Concord Motorsport Park
July 21, 2007 TBA Southern National Raceway Park
August 4, 2007 TBA Hickory Motor Speedway
Whelen Southern Modified Tour April 14, 2007 TBA Caraway Speedway
April 24, 2007 TBA Caraway Speedway
July 6, 2007 TBA Caraway Speedway
August 4, 2007 TBA Bowman Gray Stadium
September 3, 2007 TBA Ace Speedway
September 8, 2007 TBA Caraway Speedway
September 15, 2007 TBA Southern National Raceway Park
September 22, 2007 TBA Caraway Speedway
October 6, 2007 TBA Caraway Speedway
1Non-Points event; 2Chase for the Cup

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, formerly known as The Winston until 2004, is a race open to race winners from the previous season as well as the current season. ... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... The Bank of America 500 is a NASCAR race that is hosted annually at Lowes Motor Speedway in the United States. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... The Carquest Auto Parts 300 is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Lowes Motor Speedway. ... The Dollar General 300 is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Lowes Motor Speedway. ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... The Quaker Steak and Lube 200 is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that takes place at Lowes Motor Speedway. ... The USAR Hooter Pro Cup is a stock car auto racing series in the United States. ... Concord Motorsport Park is a Motorsports facility located in Concord, North Carolina, part of Greater Charlotte. ... Southern National Raceway Park is a 4/10-mile auto racing track in Kenly, North Carolina. ... Hickory Motor Speedway is a short track located in Hickory, North Carolina. ... The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (WSMT) is a stock car racing series owned by NASCAR and operated in the Southeastern United States as part of its Modified Division. ... Bowman-Gray Stadium is a 18,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ...

Team list

Sport Team League
Australian Rules Football North Carolina Tigers USAFL/EAFL
Basketball Charlotte Bobcats National Basketball Association
Baseball Asheville Tourists Minor League Baseball (A); South Atlantic League
Burlington Indians Minor League Baseball (R); Appalachian League
Carolina Mudcats Minor League Baseball (AA); Southern League
Charlotte Knights Minor League Baseball (AAA); International League
Durham Bulls Minor League Baseball (AAA); International League
Greensboro Grasshoppers Minor League Baseball (A); South Atlantic League
Hickory Crawdads Minor League Baseball (A); South Atlantic League
Kannapolis Intimidators Minor League Baseball (A); South Atlantic League
Kinston Indians Minor League Baseball (A); Carolina League
Winston-Salem Warthogs Minor League Baseball (A); Carolina League
Football Carolina Panthers National Football League
Ice Hockey Carolina Hurricanes National Hockey League
Charlotte Checkers Minor League Hockey; ECHL
Fayetteville FireAntz Minor League Hockey; Southern Professional Hockey League
Roller Derby Carolina Rollergirls WFTDA
Rugby Union Asheville RFC
Cape Fear RFC
Charlotte Royals
Charlotte RFC Rugby Super League
Eno River RFC
Gastonia RFC
Raleigh RFC
Triad RFC
Soccer Carolina Dynamo USL Premier Development League
Carolina Lady Dynamo W-League
Carolina RailHawks USL First Division
Cary RailHawks U23's USL Premier Development League
Charlotte Eagles USL Second Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles W-League
Wilmington Hammerheads USL Second Division

 
 

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