CONCORD, NC (WJZY) - 800 miles of racing happened Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway after rain from Hurricane Matthew canceled everything Friday and Saturday. Speedway officials brought in extra track dryers for the weekend, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Bank of America 500 and Xfinity Series race from being moved to Sunday. The changing weekend schedule, forced some fans to head home early.
For the first time all weekend, breezy and sunny conditions met fans outside Charlotte Motor Speedway. Back at the campgrounds, mud remained from a weekend full of wet weather.
“It started raining hard and the wind started picking up blowing stuff around,” said NASCAR fan, Mike Smith.
Despite extra drying equipment brought in for the weekend, NASCAR officials gave fans an early notice Saturday that they wouldn’t be racing at night. Local fans used the news to their advantage.
“We kinda stayed home. Just see what was going to happen because we knew all the rain was coming in and it most likely would be canceled,” said Tony Greer.
Campers inside and outside of the track weren’t so lucky. They were forced to stay inside nearly all weekend. Some campers even exited the track without ever seeing their favorite driver take a lap.
“A lot of them left this morning, some left yesterday. If you take a look around you will see campers hooked up and ready to pull out,” said Linwood Jones
NASCAR fan Mike Smith packed up early, only to make sure he could watch all 800 miles of racing and relax afterwards. He says it was needed after a weekend of weather that left campers on their feet.
“I bring my little satellite dish with me and the wind direction changed on me and started blowing in a different direction and it knocked it over twice. I finally tied it up to my camper to keep it from blowing over,” said Smith.
Speedway officials tell FOX 46 Charlotte other than moving the two races there were no other major weather issues or damage at the track this weekend.