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Brett Baldeck


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Recent articles by Brett:

Daytona 500 sold out, thousands of fans attend January test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – The excitement surrounding the 64th annual Daytona 500 is building as speedway officials announced this week that grandstand seating for the event in February is sold out. RV spaces are also sold out. Speedway leaders say they are still tickets available for suites and the fan zone, but […] → Read More

North Carolinians rank last in knowing their state motto, survey says

(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – For those who live in North Carolina and think they know everything about the history of the state, listen up. The state ranks last in a recent survey seeing if people know their own state motto. The survey found 87% of people in North Carolina don’t know the motto and another […] → Read More

NC-based toy company prepares to ship millions of toys for holiday season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Millions of toys will travel through the Charlotte area this holiday season. Workers with a Queen City-based toy company are preparing to produce fun for kids in the Carolinas and across North America. Schleich is a German-based company. The owners moved the North American operations to Charlotte about six […] → Read More

Would You Stop? Survey says more than half of NC wouldn’t help stranded driver

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJZY) — We’ve all been there or, at the very least, we know someone who has been there: you’re stuck on the side of the road with car trouble. Car trouble can range from a flat tire, to engine trouble or even a slide off in the winter months. Technology like smartphones and […] → Read More

People of Wilkes County optimistic about latest efforts to reopen North Wilkesboro Speedway

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Could the roar of racecars be returning to one of NASCAR’s original tracks in North Carolina? Those who live in Wilkes County are hopeful a new campaign will catch the attention of NASCAR and the motorsports industry. Governor Roy Cooper, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Marcus Smith from Speedway […] → Read More

Coca-Cola 600, One Year Later: From no fans, to full capacity

CONCORD, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway will open Thursday morning for fans attending the 62nd Annual Coca-Cola 600. The race this year will be allowed to operate at full capacity, thanks to the end of COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina. The return to fans is a huge change compared to […] → Read More

Florida couple arrives for Coca-Cola 600 with goal of attending every 2021 NASCAR race

NASCAR drivers are preparing for the longest race of the season this weekend at the Coca-Cola 600, but for a Florida couple in town for the race, 600 miles is all in a days drive. → Read More

Coke 600 will allow full capacity; Charlotte Motor Speedway prepares to welcome back fans

CONCORD, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Preparations are already underway at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord to prepare for the Coca-Cola 600. The race will be the first in more than a year where capacity will not be limited. A few thousand fans were able to attend the Bank of America ROVAL 400 last fall, […] → Read More

New safety procedures for drivers in Daytona 500 developed in Concord

The 63rd Annual Daytona 500 on Sunday will mark one year since Ryan Newman’s horrific crash coming to the finish line of the 2020 Daytona 500. → Read More

NASCAR enters 2021 season with more diversity than ever before

DAYTONA, Fla. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Speedweeks are officially underway at Daytona International Speedway. This is the first season a major NASCAR Cup Series team has a black driver and black owner under the same umbrella. Michael Jordan owns the team with Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace was brought on board as the driver. Wallace […] → Read More

New racing series developed by Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham will be based in Mooresville

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A new racing series developed by former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and former NASCAR Crew Chief Ray Evernham is getting set to launch this summer. The Superstar Racing Experience, or SRX Racing, will be modeled similar to what the International Race Of Champions (IROC) used to look like, just […] → Read More

Doctors warn slow vaccine rollout could mean another summer of COVID restrictions

(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Doctors are warning the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine means we could be dealing with another summer of restrictions unless the vaccine availability is drastically increased. Right now, doctors at Novant Health say they only have about 1,000 vaccines per week for patients. So far 1,400 patients have been vaccinated […] → Read More

Officer Jason Shuping remembered for bravery, taking job as officer for “right reasons”

CONCORD, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state filled the Cabarrus Arena in Concord on Tuesday to say farewell to a fallen officer. Officer Jason Shuping was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a call last week. The service was simple, honoring a […] → Read More

Fewer people holiday traveling could have long term impacts

(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — For the first time in 12 years AAA predicts a decrease in travel for Thanksgiving, thanks in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer cars on the road means you could get to your destination easier, but it will also have long term impacts on roads in North Carolina. NCDOT provided […] → Read More

What would you do with a church from the 1700s? One North Carolina city wants to know

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – The City of Charlotte is fighting to preserve history in the shadows of a sanctuary. Key parts of Charlotte’s past are hidden among the rows and rows of moss-covered headstones at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in west Charlotte. Some date back to the 1700s with Charlotte’s first settlers. You […] → Read More

Mecklenburg County audits election results, expects large crowd for mail-in vote count

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections has started the process of securing the election and checking for any voter fraud, just as President Trump continues to make unfounded claims. Friday morning staff at the Board of Elections hand-counted paper ballots from several precincts within the county. The hand […] → Read More

Mecklenburg County considers closing parks, greenways

Mecklenburg County leaders could take stricter action to make sure people stay at home. Large gatherings were spotted in local parks and even golf courses over the weekend. → Read More

As Hawthorne Lane Bridge work restarts, problems continue along Gold Line extension

Work will resume on the Hawthorne Lane Bridge Monday night. CATS leaders say drivers on Independence Boulevard should expect overnight lane closures. Construction on the bridge has been at a standstill for almost a year. → Read More

Copperhead Strike inspection report shows lock and safety cable broke

FOX 46 is learning more about how a rider was injured on the new Copperhead Strike roller coaster last month at Carowinds. → Read More

Facebook locks man's account, says Air Force photo violated guidelines

A North Carolina man says he is now in social media jail on Facebook after he tried to post an Air Force insignia as his cover photo. → Read More