CONCORD, N.C. -- We’re in the middle of Race Weeks at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, home of the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and the Sprint All-Star Race---and the Bank of America 500 in the fall.
CMS has been around since 1960 and features a one and a half mile quad oval track.
This legendary track has hosted some of the greatest races in NASCAR history. The most legendary drivers in racing have competed on the track. Names like Earnhardt, Petty, Allison, Waltrip, Johnson, Gordon, and so many more---have made the sport and this track a major part of racing lore.
There’s one area of the track that draws the attention of the tens of thousands of people in the stands and the millions who watch on TV.
That just happens to be the giant grassy area in the infield. At every race, you see giant logos painted in the grass.
CMS was the first track to do this, starting in 1984. The man responsible is Alan Jones. He and his wife, Roxanne, own the Jones Sign Company.
Alan actually pioneered the whole process and is internationally known for the great week artwork he does on many of the tracks in NASCAR.
This morning on Larry’s Look, Jones showed us the process of taking an design idea and then making the multi-colored logos that are displayed in the grassy area. Larry even had the chance to be creative and do some “painting” himself!