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A few years ago, the management at Cherokee Speedway shortened the track from a 1/2-mile to a 3/8-mile distance. It moved Turns 1 and 2 in, but left the start/finish line with the flagman's stand where it had been for the 1/2-mile configuration. Each straightaway was shortened by 330 feet and the flag stand is now 165 feet or so from the center of the front straight. This means that you now take the checkered flag at the entrance, or somewhat beyond the lift point most of the time, into Turn 1. It does get exciting on that last lap.