Fuji was initially going to be a NASCAR-style oval until the money ran out. They had Turn 1 built already, so they built off of that. Almost all of Fuji that remains is post-broke, but the corner that killed the Toyota 7 can still be seen. Then there is this tidbit...As you probably could guess, NASCAR has run at hundreds of tracks over the years. The series probably hit the first hundred within the first decade truth be told, but there is a story that, if true, could have spelt doom for what we know as Charlotte Motor Speedway. The pic below is of relatively current day Spartanburg Speedway in South Carolina. Legend has it that when Big Bill was looking to plant a superspeedway that would overshadow Daytona, he wanted to build it here, as at the time Spartanburg, not Charlotte, was the center of NASCAR's bigger race teams. The city of Spartanburg, however, denied every motion put in play for the new track. In response, Big Bill went to his list, and found a parcel of land with an airstrip and a town more than willing to do what NASCAR asked. The result, Talladega Superspeedway, and some in Spartanburg are still upset.