zMAX Dragway Weather - Concord, NC NHRA Race Weather

Friday, September 22

Increasing Clouds





NE 15 mph

Saturday, September 23






NW 15 mph

Sunday, September 24






W 10 mph

Concord, US
11:24 am, May 23
L: 58° H: 79°
Feels like 69.42 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:51 am
Sunset: 8:18 pm
Humidity 33 %
Pressure1013 mb
Wind 3 m/s

Forecast Discussion & Updates


NHRA – betway NHRA Carolina Nationals – Concord, NC


Fri Sep 22 – Increasing Clouds. High around 76°F. Low around 58°F. Winds NE 15 mph.


Sat Sep 23 – Showers. High around 69°F. Low around 58°F. Winds NW 10 mph.


Sun Sep 24 – Sunny. High around 80°F. Low around 57°F. Winds W 10 mph.


An upper level low pressure system is expected to affect the region this weekend. It is unclear whether or not this system will have tropical characteristics. Widespread rain is forecasted for Friday night into Saturday. Rain should be light in the Concord area with less than an inch of rain forecasted. For more about this system, check out this forecast discussion from the National Hurricane Center.


Updated: 9/21/23 3:00 PM EDT



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The zMAX Dragway is a state-of-the-art four-lane drag strip, located on 125 acres (51 ha) of speedway property across U.S. Highway 29 from the main superspeedway. It was built in 2008 involving a total of 1,876 workers and a combined 636,000 man hours. With 300 workers on site daily working an average 11-hour shift, a 13-month construction project turned into a 6-month one. At one point during construction, concern by nearby residents led Concord city council to rezone land the drag strip was being built on, preventing it from being built. Following the decision Smith threatened to close Charlotte Motor Speedway and build a track elsewhere in Metrolina. When asked if he would go through with the threat Smith replied “I am deadly serious”. After a month of negotiations, the issue was settled and, instead of the speedway closing, Smith announced $200 million worth of improvements including road and highway improvements, as well as noise attenuation for the drag strip. The drag strip officially opened on August 20, 2008, and a public open house was held a few days later. The first NHRA event was held September 11–14, 2008.
The dragway features the first of two all-concrete, four-lane drag strips in the United States. (The track was the only four-lane track of its kind from 2008 until the spring of 2018, when renovations were completed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, converting its dragstrip into a four-lane configuration.) The starting line tower is 34,000 square feet (3,200 m2) and includes 16 luxury suites, race control areas and a press box. Two grandstands, one on either side of the strip, can hold a combined 30,000 spectators. Twenty-four luxury suites with hospitality accommodations are located above the main grandstand. Two tunnels run underneath the strip to enhance fan mobility between the two grandstands.

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