If you go up Bellhaven Boulevard going towards the Coulwood Neighborhood you may notice Shuffletown Park on the right within eyesight of I-485. If you go past the baseball fields and dog park you will notice some pavement that may resemble a street. This is the remains of the old Shuffletown Dragstrip, which was closed in 1996 after residents complained about the noise from races held there.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the raceway was opened in 1958 when the area was more rural. As progress and growth growth followed, so did those who wanted their peace and quiet and was not fond of listening to the drag races in their backyard. While googling the dragway, I found this YouTube Video that was uploaded on September 11, 2008 by diamondpvideo (which can be found at https:///www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNpOG8Hl4II) – this is a good look into amature drag racing in a period before the ZMax Dragway was built near the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Today, the park takes up a lot of the old track property but there are remnants left if you look carefully:
I’m so glad that the land is not being forgotten, but is being used for good. While a part of Mecklenburg County’s rural past has been erased in the name of progress, at least you can still see some if you look carefully.
I accessed the Charlotte Observer via their website: Sportsplex Delays Might Not Affect Opening Date by Karen Sullivan, Charlotte Observer September 8, 2008 accessed March 21, 2015.