CHARLTTE, NC (WJZY) - A former NASCAR driver and Hall of Fame member has suggested a change to NASCAR's annual All-Star race in Charlotte.
The sound of engines is one of many reasons why NASCAR fans head to their favorite track.
"Oh my gosh. Talladega you can't beat it. It's Junior nation! Absolutely wonderful, exciting, rubber. It's just great," said NASCAR Fan, Debra Warner.
To bring that excitement to more fans, Darrell Waltrip suggested this week to a Tennessee newspaper that the annual All-Star race be moved to Bristol Motor Speedway.
The race has been a staple at Charlotte Motor Speedway for more than 20 years.
"No. I think they need to leave it in Charlotte. It's the home of NASCAR, why not. Leave it where it's supposed to be," said Warner.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to 3 NASCAR race weekends, Uptown Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and local residents say moving the All-Star race would be a disservice to the community.
"I would think that would be silly to move it. I mean North Carolina in general is just such a big part of racing. I don't know why they would want to move any of their races out out of Charlotte," said CJ Unterstein, who lives in Charlotte.
The success of the race can be found in the numbers. The Charlotte Motor Speedway website says the combined All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600 weekend has a more than $200 million economic impact.
For the sports smallest fans, that doesn't seem to matter.
"If they did I think they should move it to Daytona or Talladega," said a young Andrew O'Brien.
Leaders at Charlotte Motor Speedway responded to suggestions, saying the All-Star race will be staying put for now.
The suggestion by Darrell Waltrip to move the All-Star race has nothing to do with controversial House Bill 2. This 2016 NASCAR All-Star race is scheduled for May 21.