NASCAR fan back at speedway, one year after Hurricane Matthew destroyed town

Nearly 100,000 NASCAR fans didn’t let threatening skies from Hurricane Nate damper the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The sun was no where to be found Sunday morning at the track. Fans camping inside Charlotte Motor Speedway were taking the threat of rain in stride.

“It’s just the nature of the beast. Usually you want to see all of it, but if it is shortened up it really doesn’t matter to me,” said David Mckeihen.

For the second year in a row, the Bank of America 500 was threatened by a tropical system. This year, his name was Nate.

“You know when we were here last year, Matthew hit home in Lumberton,” said Morris Williamson.

Williamson brought the same 1989 Bluebird school bus from Lumberton he camped in last year.

All the comforts of home came in handy when Hurricane Matthew prevented a return home one year ago.

“When we loaded up the speedway let me leave the bus here and we drove on home, took us about 8 hours to get there because Matthew did some pretty good damage in Lumberton,” said Williamson.

About 1,000 families were forced from their homes in Lumberton. Matthew dumped more than a foot of rain along the North Carolina coast, damaging dozens of bridges and washing out even more roads.

Areas like Lumberton, were almost inaccessible. Now one year later, Williamson says many people are still rebuilding.


“We survived that as most people do as well as a lot of help from a lot of help of other people,” said Williamson.

The aid of others allowing race fans like Morris Williamson to enjoy his 50th year at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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