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Aerial shot of zMAX Dragway (Charlotte SMX)

Charlotte (SMX)

zMax Dragway

Known as “The Queen City,” Charlotte is forever etched in the history of our sport, as the first ever location for a SuperMotocross World Championship playoff race.

Fast Facts

Venues

zMAX Dragway was established in 2008, making history as the first ever drag strip with four racing lanes. The track currently hosts the NHRA’s 4-Wide Nationals and is located near its sister tracks, Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. zMAX was originally planned to be the host venue for a second US MXGP round in 2016, but the event moved to The Dirt Track. The drag strip waited seven more years before becoming the first ever venue to host an SMX race.

Iconic Moments

zMAX Dragway was the site of the inaugural SuperMotocross round, crowning the first ever winners of the new championship.

Chase Sexton, Honda 2023 Charlotte
2023: Hybrid Theory

On September 9th, 2023, history was made. The first ever SuperMotocross World Championship kicked off after nearly a year of hype and anticipation. A hybrid track that showcased elements of Supercross and Motocross challenged riders and crowned the first overall winners in SMX history. Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton silenced critics after a stellar 1-1 performance. Sexton couldn’t manage to beat teammate Jett Lawrence during the Motocross campaign, but started the playoffs with a perfect mark as Lawrence struggled with a 7-2. The three podium spots were claimed by three different nationalities, as American Sexton was joined by Germany’s Ken Roczen (3-3) and France’s Dylan Ferrandis (2-4).

 

In the 250 class, Star Racing Yamaha’s Haiden Deegan scored the first moto victory. Danger Boy tracked down teammate Levi Kitchen to etch his name into the history books. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda would end up with the overall victory (4-1), as former teammate and 250 East/250MX champion Hunter Lawrence struggled with a pair of early crashes in each moto.

This interactive table details the all-time leaders at Charlotte. Who has the most starts, wins, podiums and points. Filter by class. On mobile, slide left to access more columns. To see all years of data, become a member of the We Went Fast Garage and help us continue (and expand) these unique views of the sport’s history.

All-Time Leaders

This interactive table details the Charlotte SMX winners history. Who won in what year and what round was this venue. Filter by class. On mobile, slide left to access more columns. To see all years of data, become a member of the We Went Fast Garage and help us continue (and expand) these unique views of the sport’s history.

Winner History

Race Results