Don’t Wait, Get to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Round 2 Racing Action

Photo by Andrew Coppley/Harold Hinson Photography

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

CONCORD, N.C. – Known as the Mecca of Motorsports, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the adopted home track of every NASCAR driver on circuit regardless where they are originally from as it sits in the heart of NASCAR-land, just minutes from most every race shop competing in the top levels of the sport. It’s also a little more than a stone’s throw away from the NASCAR Hall of Fame and its historic place in auto racing makes it a track any fan should take time out to visit.

Despite weather concerns, the continued forecast for the Bank of America 500 looks pretty good, so there is no reason not to head to the track. And when you go to Charlotte Motor Speedway, there are plenty of things to do, like free concerts, watching the ladies race in the Better Half Dash, a bonus modified race on the CLT frontstretch, tailgate with race teams and fans, the hauler parade and drivers drag racing their own cars at ZMAX Dragway plus games, food and more.

Of course, all of that is leading up to the only Saturday night race in The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship – a race that every driver wants to win, whether it’s to advance to Round 3 or just have bragging rights they won at racing’s home track.

“It’s definitely a race that everyone wants to win,” Logano said. “I remember the first time I came to Charlotte to race. I was standing on pit road watching the cars go by and I remember thinking, ‘Holy moly, these guys are hauling the mail.’ This is a really fast race track and the track’s gotten a lot better in the time since it was paved … It’s important to run well here.”

One driver that sits at the top of the heap when it comes to night racing is Kevin Harvick, who comes into this weekend at Charlotte, who like the other 11 drivers in Round 2 of The Chase, is looking for a championship – in his case, a second championship.

“It’s amazing to see what Kevin has done in night races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and throughout the NASCAR schedule,” Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith said. “He’s become such a predator under the lights that maybe we should nickname him ‘Nighthawk’ instead of ‘Happy.’ He’ll be on another search for prey Saturday night, when this year’s 57th running of the Bank of America 500 goes green.”

But if great racing and at-track festivities aren’t enough to bring fans to Charlotte Motor Speedway, there are also race shop tours and fan fests and driver appearances around the area that, no doubt, would attract even the casual fan. For example, Brad Keselowski will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans at the Discount Tire location in Concord, N.C. at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 6. Harvick will be at the Bi-Lo in Charlotte located at 6320 Albermarle Rd. at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, and the entire Roush Racing line-up will be on-hand Thursday at Roush Racing HQ in Concord, on Thursday.

For those fans who are souvenir hunters, Sam Bass, the first-ever NASCAR officially licensed artist, is celebrating his new gallery’s grand opening all day long in Concord, N.C. and he will be available for autographs and photos. Plus, Michael Waltrip Racing is hosting fan part/memorabilia sale Friday, October 7 at 20310 Chartwell Center Drive in Cornelius, N.C.

Finally, Charlotte Motor Speedway has a ton of special ticket prices and for college students with a valid ID, you can get tickets for $24 thanks to NASCAR rookie sensation, Chase Elliott. There are still plenty of great seats and ticket packages available for fans wanting in on the action. To buy tickets visit www.nascar.com/tickets or www.charlotttemotorspeedway.com/tickets or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

“Now has never been more affordable for families to attend a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with children’s tickets priced at just $10 for kids ages 13 and under, and FREE for Bojangles’ Pole Night and the Drive for the Cure 300 Xfinity race presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina,” said Scott Cooper, vice president of communications for Charlotte Motor Speedway. “The giant 10-acre fan zone is just a frontstretch shuttle ride or walk away from the Turn 4 Family Campground and features tons of activities for kids of all ages.  From driver appearances and autograph sessions to interactive displays and giveaways, the fan zone features an entire day of fun plus more than 41,000 square feet of NASCAR souvenir shopping.”

But, if it’s too late to make it to the track this weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway is stepping up its game even more in 2017 by making racing affordable again. Parents shouldn’t have to take out a loan to take their kids to the races, so Charlotte, as well as, all Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks, have dropped the prices on their 2017 tickets – a move that has been well-received across the racing industry.

“Coming to the races should be about fun, not finances,” said Smith. “Now a parent can get his or her child through the gates for an entire weekend of NASCAR events – including pole night, a Camping World Truck or XFINITY Series race and a Cup Series race – for just $10. This is one of the best, if not THE best, family values in all professional sports.

“NASCAR fans have passed down their passion for motorsports from generation to generation for decades, and through this new Fans First initiative, we’ll continue that legacy by introducing young fans to the sport and engaging them for years to come.”

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