Twenty years ago, Charlotte Motor Speedway did the unthinkable – light a 1.5-mile high-speed racetrack.

The move helped revolutionize the sport and set the tone for more prime time races on the bigger tracks, including the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. chairman Bruton Smith and track officials worked with MUSCO to build the $1.7 million, first-of-its-kind lighting system. The first race held under the lights at Charlotte was The Winston, which is now known as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.