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Charlotte Motor Speedway lawsuit could re-emerge

Apr 8, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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A lawsuit that’s been on the back burner may re-emerge regarding Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Charlotte Motor Speedway filed the lawsuit against Carrabus County but it was dismissed by a judge last year. On Tuesday, a three-judge state Court of Appeals panel will decide whether the lawsuit will be heard by a jury.

SMI head Bruton Smith proposed adding a new drag strip and updates to CMS, one of the tracks in the SMI empire, with $80 million in incentives announced back in 2007. It is unclear whether SMI has seen any of that amount. The agreement for any updates or moving was verbal before it was put in writing.

The county alleges that it is not its responsibility that SMI built the new drag strip, ZMAX Raceway, and made other improvements to CMS before the contract was finalized.

  1. techmeister1 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    If the county is defaulting on their handshake deal after CMS upheld their part of the deal, shame on them. This is another example of government biting the hand that feeds it. CMS brings hundreds of millions of dollars of commerce into the area every year and Carrabus County is a disgrace to renege on the agreement when they benefit substantially form the efforts of CMS.

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