Stock Car Racing Is The Official State Sport Of North Carolina. Stock car racing became the official North Carolina State Sport when Governor Bev Perdue signed Senate Bill No. 322 on June 21, 2011, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Stock car racing sport has played a significant role in the history, heritage, and culture of North Carolina state. North Carolina is the home ground of the stock car racing NASCAR Hall of Fame and the NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts three State Sport Of North Carolina stock car races annually in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series (the most in-season Sprint Cup events held at a single motorsports facility in the United States), and Charlotte Motor Speedway attracts more than one million visitors annually.
Selection as State Sport
The effort to designate stock car racing as the Official North Carolina State Sport was led by a team of students at Lake Norman Elementary and Mount Mourne IB School in Iredell County who referred to themselves as “the Pit Crew.” Students presented the idea at a meeting of the Mooresville Board of Commissioners on February 21, 2011. Board members voted unanimously to support the efforts to propose the new symbol to the North Carolina General Assembly.
A survey on the Iredell-Statesville Schools Web site and a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/NCStateSport) helped others show support for the students’ efforts.
The bill of State Sport Of North Carolina passed the North Carolina General Assembly on June 16, 2011, and was signed by Governor Bev Perdue on June 21, 2011, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Special guests included fourth and fifth-grade students and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees.