The Motor Speedway of the South is a racing stadium located in Motor City. It is a location often used for Piston Cup races, and is where the Dinoco 400 was held during the 2005 season in the 2017 season the race was renamed the Dinoco Light 350 as the Dinoco 400 moves to Copper Canyon Speedway. Races may take place during either the day or night, and the track is surrounded by a plethora of lights so the track is lit during night races.
In Cars, the Motor Speedway of the South is the location of the 2005 Dinoco 400, the final race of that year's season. The race featured many highlights, including a large-scale accident involving thirty-one competitors, and two simultaneous tire blowouts from rookie Lightning McQueen. The most notable occurrence, however, was the first three-way tie in Piston Cup history, between McQueen, Strip Weathers, and Chick Hicks.
In this appearance, the interior of the speedway contains a number of sponsor tents, such as one for Rust-eze. There is also a large grassy field where caravans can watch the race from, as well as a large pit row lining one of the track's straightaways. As the 2005 Dinoco 400 took place at night, the track was well-lit.
Cars: The Video Game
In Cars: The Video Game, the second Piston Cup race of the 2006 season is held at the Motor Speedway of the South. The track is nearly identical to its appearance in Cars. Lightning McQueen places first, with the other top five competitors including Chick Hicks, Hollister, Lee Jr., and Suregrip.
In Mater the Greater, Mater performs some of his stunts in the interior of the track at the Motor Speedway of the South. Among his stunts are jumping over a line of rusty cars, jumping through a ring of fire, and jumping from a diving board into a kiddie pool.
In Monster Truck Mater, the Monster Truck Wrestling World Championship is held at the speedway.
The Motor Speedway of the South returns in Cars 3, where it is the location of the Dinoco Light 350, this time in the 2017 season. The race is among the many that Jackson Storm wins throughout the season. Unlike the 2005 Dinoco 400, the 2017 Dinoco Light 350 takes place during the day, rather than during the night.
Panorama in Cars
The bathrooms at the speedway
Motor Speedway as seen in Mater the Greater
Motor Speedway of the South's arena in Monster Truck Mater