zMAX Dragway @ Concord Fast Facts
- Construction of zMAX Dragway @ Concord required 636,000 man hours over a six-month period. An average of 300 workers were on site per day with each man or woman averaging an 11.78-hour workday.
- A total of 1,876 workers were involved in the project, representing 57 companies that included contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
- The state-of-the art drag racing facility features the only all-concrete, four-lane drag strip in the United States. A pair of two-lane strips, located side-by-side, allow for a variety of opportunities including specific track preparation for different vehicles, racing four cars at a time, and the possibility for racing to continue in the event of an oil-down that requires extensive cleanup to one of the lanes.
- The entire quarter-mile racing surface is concrete; a feature shared with only two other facilities on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series circuit (Texas Motorplex, Bandimere Speedway). Over 3,000 cubic yards of concrete were poured to complete the four-lane quarter-mile.
- 50-man crews worked eight, 10-hour days or 4,000 man hours, to complete to concrete quarter-mile racing grooves.
- Beyond the concrete quarter-mile, asphalt extends the strip another 2,515 feet, nearly half a mile. The distance from the starting line to the end of the asphalt is 3,835 feet; nearly three quarters of a mile. At the end of the asphalt, there is a 200-foot gravel pit with two high-impact safety nets.
- zMAX Dragway is located on 125 acres of LMS property across U.S. Highway 29 from the superspeedway, adjacent to The Dirt Track.
- The drag racing facility's track, pit areas and midway cover 46.5 acres, or two million square feet.
- Engineers estimate construction required moving 750,000 cubic yards of dirt; placing 65,000 tons of aggregate stone base and paving 50,000 tons of asphalt.
- The most prominent feature of zMAX Dragway is a 34,000-square-foot starting-line tower that includes 16 luxury suites and an additional 4,000 square-feet of roof access for guests. The tower also includes a control area for race officials, a broadcast booth for ESPN's announcers and a press box for media members.
- Two steel-and-aluminum grandstand structures, one on each side of the quarter-mile drag strip, have a seating capacity of 30,000 and room for expansion to 60,000.
- The primary grandstand, named in honor of 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, is on the drivers' left, adjacent to the Manufacturer's Midway and Pro Pits.
- 4,350 premium flip-down stadium seats make up the top 10 rows of John Force Grandstand. The remaining rows consist of 20-inch-wide bench seats with back.
- Two tunnels under the strip connect the grandstands, enhancing fan mobility.
- Twenty-four luxury suites with hospitality accommodations are located above the main grandstand.
The NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway @ Concord on Sept. 11-14 will begin the playoff round when the top 10 competitors in all four professional categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle - compete in the six-race NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship and race for the chance to be crowned NHRA POWERade world champions.
Four-day tickets for the inaugural NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway @ Concord start at $99 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under. Each event ticket is also a pit pass and can be obtained by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online.