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CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY website 
5555 Concord Pkwy. South Concord, NC 28027
Charlotte Motor Speedway Ticket Office (704) 455-3200
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Helping kids makes our Hearts Race.
I want to encourage each of you to visit Couchman's facebook page for helping children & families who come to them through the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He and his group go all out every year to help a child & their family Please help in any way you can, everything goes to the kids


TRACK NEWS:  Designated Smoking Areas The new areas are located throughout the speedway and are equipped with televisions so fans don't miss a minute of the race. Native and Herr's Potato Chips will hand out samples and coupons to fans who use the designated smoking areas, which are located adjacent to the concourses in the Toyota Fourth Turn Terrace, Chrysler, General Motors, Ford and Diamond Tower seating areas. 

NEW Family Friendly Powerade Play Zone Located outside Turns 1 and 2 near the speedwayâs main entrance. The Fan Zone will now include the popular souvenir rigs, which were previously located across Highway 29. This move will alleviate some of the Highway 29 pedestrian foot traffic on race day and make it more convenient for fans to find and buy their favorite driverâs gear. The Fan Zone will also include the enhanced Powerade PlayZone, which will be located across from Gate 6, conveniently located for parents adjacent to the restrooms. The Powerade PlayZone will feature a Ferris wheel, racing-themed inflatable slides, bounce houses, face painters, balloon twisters, jugglers.  The new Fan Zone will also include popular corporate trackside displays and live entertainment, including the Sprint Experience and SPEED Stage.

Handicapped Parking Expanded; Season Ticket Holder Parking Closer to Track
A new handicapped parking lot will open for Bank of America 500 Week, as a result of the souvenir rigs moving across Highway 29 to the new Fan Zone. The handicapped lot at the front entrance of the speedway will move from the Silver Parking Lot to Lot U, across Bruton Smith Boulevard. In comparison to the Silver Parking Lot, Lot U is closer to the speedway and is larger, offering more access for handicapped visitors. Fans with handicapped parking passes should enter Lot U off Bruton Smith Boulevard. In addition, Victory Lane Club season ticket holders will continue to enter Lot W on Bruton Smith Boulevard to park, but will now turn left at the lot entrance, enabling them to park even closer to the track

Directions to Charlotte Motor Speedway

RED ZONE:
From Charlotte, N.C.
# I-85 North to Exit 46 A (Mallard Creek Church Road)
# Right on Mallard Creek Church Road
# Left at North Tryon Road (Hwy 29 north)
# Right onto Morehead Road, speedway parking on right

From Greensboro, N.C.
# I-85 South to Exit 48 (I-485 / Rock Hill)
# Exit 32 and turn left on to Hwy 29 north/Tryon
# Right at Morehead Road, speedway parking on right

From South Carolina:
# I-77 North to Exit 1 (I-485 East)
# I-485 to exit 32
# Right on Hwy 29 North/Tryon
# Right on Morehead Road, speedway parking on right

From Harrisburg, N.C.
# Hwy 49 South to Morehead Road
# Right at Morehead Road, speedway parking on left

From Charlotte, N.C.
# Hwy 29 North to Morehead Road
# Right on Morehead Road, speedway parking on right

BLUE ZONE:
From Charlotte, N.C. (South) or Greensboro, N.C. (North)
# I-85 to Exit 49 (Bruton Smith Blvd./Concord Mills)
# East towards speedway & parking available on right

From Charlotte, N.C.
# I-85 North to Exit 46A (Mallard Creek Church Road)
# Turn right off exit
# Left onto Hwy 29 North/ North Tryon, parking available on left

From South Carolina
# I-77 North to Exit 1 (I-485 East)
# I-485 to Exit 32 (Hwy 29/North Tryon)
# Hwy 29 North to speedway, parking available on left

From Statesville, N.C.
# I-77 South to Exit 25
# Left on Hwy 73 (Sam Furr Road)
# Right on Poplar Tent to I-85 S towards Charlotte
# Exit 49 (Bruton Smith Blvd)
# East towards speedway

From Charlotte, N.C.
# Hwy 29 North to speedway, parking available on left

Unreserved Handicap
• Follow designated directions
• Enter at Entrances E, H and T

ORANGE ZONE:
From Charlotte, N.C. (South) or Greensboro, N.C. (North)
# I-85 to Exit 49 (Bruton Smith Blvd./ Concord Mills)
# East towards speedway & parking on left

From Greensboro, N.C.
# I-85 South to Exit 52 (Poplar Tent road)
# Left onto Poplar Tent road
# Right onto Hwy 29 South/Concord Blvd., speedway parking available on right

From Concord, N.C.
# Hwy 29 South/Concord Blvd, speedway parking available on right

GREEN ZONE:
From South Carolina
# I-77 North to Exit 2 (I-485 East)
# I-485 to Exit 33
# Left onto Hwy 49 North/ University City Blvd
# Left on Morehead Road
# Right at "P Parking" signage for Lowe's Motor Speedway

From Charlotte, N.C. (South) or Greensboro, N.C. (North)
# I-85 to Exit 48 (I-485/Rock Hill)
# I-485 to Exit 33
# Left on Hwy 49 North/University City Blvd
# Left on Morehead

From Harrisburg, N.C.
# Hwy 49 South to Morehead Road
# Right on Morehead Road
# Right at "P Parking" signage for Lowe's Motor Speedway

From Concord, N.C.
# Hwy 29 South to "B Parking" signs at Lowe's Motor Speedway
# Turn right at "B Parking" and go under Hwy 29 onto I-600

ADA Parking
Unreserved Handicap Parking (Paid):
Available in Lot M off of Morehead Road (please see driving directions for Red Zone)

Permit/Reserved Handicap Parking (Paid): (Available for fans that purchased wheelchair seating)
Toyota Fourth Turn Terrace (please see driving directions for Gold Lot/Orange Zone)
Ford (please see driving directions for Red Zone)
Diamond Tower (please see driving directions for Green Zone)

Free Handicap Parking:
Available in Lots E, H, T (please see driving directions for Orange Zone)
Unreserved Lot across from Gate 18 at the backstretch (please see driving directions for Green Zone)

TRAFFIC TIPS:
I-85 and exit 49 (Speedway Blvd.) is usually the most congested on event days. If possible, try to avoid exit 49 and Speedway Blvd. Good alternates are Hwy 29 from both the North and the South and Hwy 49 to Morehead Road.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and will have various traffic patterns in place for incoming and outgoing traffic. Please follow their directions. Sometimes you'll have to "turn right to go left!" All traffic patterns will eventually lead you back to I-85, I-77 and other major highways. Use maps to make yourself familiar with local roads and alternate routes.
TIPS FROM US:  AVOID Speedway Blvd/Bruton Smith Parkway at all cost!!!!  There are ways to come from the north, south, east and west that will steer you clean of it!
HINT: I-485 LOOP

Traffic cameras/alerts for Charlotte area: www.traffic.com/Charlotte-Traffic
OR apps.dot.state.nc.

GET THOSE DETAILED MAPS!!!  DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE BEFORE THE COCA COLA 414 in 2003.  Traffic Information Available on 91.1 FM

New Reserved Tailgating Zone Gets the Fun Started Early Charlotte Motor Speedway is offering fans a chance make memories before they even walk through the gates with the addition of a new reserved tailgating zone. Located outside of the track between Turns 1 and 2, the tailgating zone includes reserved spaces that measure 50 feet by 25 feet to accommodate even the biggest tailgating extravaganza. The reserved tailgating lot area will open at 7 a.m. on Oct. 15 before the Bank of America 500. Fans can reserve a space for just $50 by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Spots are limited.

PREVIEW

If you have ever read any of my columns before a race in Charlotte, you know that Humpy’s House is our favorite track. It is the most fan friendly track on the circuit. The staff is knowledgeable & there are BIG signs everywhere telling you where you are & how to get to where you need to go. A gazillion bathrooms and just in case those are full; a gazillion luxury port o potties with running water & hand towels on & off Speedway property! Tickets are reasonable & concessions prices not to bad.

The fans surrounding the speedway, both new ones & ole timers, are the best you will ever meet. There are no strangers in the parking lots at Humpy’s House; just friends you haven’t met yet. Make sure you go over & meet some while you are tailgating.

Also, the Bubba Olympics are in full tilt at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Parking Lots especially Memorial Day Weekend.

Below is seating preview and a few things to do while in Concord for the race.
Trust me there is soooo much to do you won't get it all in!

PREVIEW OF SEATING

We have sat in all the grandstands at this speedway (including Suite seats) & even some that are no longer there.  In fact MANY that are no longer there.  No bad seat in the house.  I am listing them in the order that I think has the best view for the best price.

Ford Grandstand or in the GN Tower
One of my personal favorite places to sit at Charlotte is in Chicken Bone Alley between the start finish line & turn 1, in either the Ford Grandstand or in the GN Tower.  Those cars freight train out of the dog leg & you can feel it in your entire body.  You can see all 4 turns, the entire front stretch, the drag race out of the pits and most of the back stretch.  Ford Grandstands all have individual seating with a good bit of room underneath.  One thing there are 35 seats in a row!

Ford Upper Terrace  These seats recently become some of my favorites.  They have ticket deals here and you can see the pits and the whole track.  the wind is pretty good up there so it is cooler for the 600.  Bathrooms pretty new too.

Chrysler Tower
Next seating I like is in the Chrysler Tower coming out of turn 4.  You can see all 4 turns, all the front stretch or all the back stretch depending on what section you are in, part of the front or back stretch depending on what section you are in, some of the pits & victory lane.  Lots of good passing happens coming out of three & four going on to the front stretch. chrysler the seats are fold up seats down to row 20, bleacher seats down to row 11,

GN Tower, Grand National, General Motors, 4th Turn Tower
The other grandstands on the front stretch are good.  The GN Tower, Grand National Grandstand & General Motors grandstand are excellent for viewing the pits, the turns, start finish line & victory circle.  The 4th Turn Tower from section A-F and South Turn Tower Sections R-T are good because they are more situated on the front stretch even though they are in the turns.  The 4th Turn is where Gordon took Bobby & Rusty 3 wide late in the 600 the year he ran out of gas in the Winston to win.  The South Turn enables you to see who wins the race out of the pits along with most of the track if you are up high enough.

***Laidback Racing Tip #1:  BEWARE while rows 42 & up are covered on the front stretch, which is great to keep the sun & rain off of you BUT there are poles obstructing the view.

***Laidback Racing Tip #2:  Be careful when looking for your seat because the grandstand sections don't all run from A-Z.  The Ford Tower for instance runs from AA - K. This is because when they expanded they didn't do away with entire grandstands they did away with only what they needed of them.

I've sat in the turns but don't like them as much.  I would rather sit on the bottom row in Chicken Bone Alley than on the top row in one of the turns. 
 
Veranda Terrace
Veranda Terrace is covered & has TV located in the rafters.  WARNING: There are poles that hold up the roof so they are in the way in some seats.  Also if your seats are closer to the GN Tower (turn 1) there is an opening that allows the wind to WHIP thru and it will chill you to the bone even during the May race. 

Speedway Club Suite
Speedway Club Suite seats are not worth the cost if it is the May race.  (Of course, ours were a gift from Kevin Gissell & Parks Auto Parts so hey no skin off my nose.)  When they turn on the AC it fogs up the windows facing the track!  So they don’t turn it on that much.  We were up there for the Busch race during Memorial Day weekend and it was so warm in there we were sweating.  When I asked some one about why the AC wasn’t on, I was told about the “fog problem”.  Also, 5 minutes after the race ended, they were chasing you out so they could clean up!  Once again, I talked to some one who worked there and asked how long she would be working to clean up and she replied “oh, only another hour tops, we are almost thru.”  This really irritated those high society fans who had reservations in the speedway restaurant but were told to go walk around until their reservation time!  Of course they wanted to know why the fans sitting in the grandstands didn’t have to leave but they did.  HMMMMMM. Staff in the blue blazers up there were the least knowledgeable of all the staff on Speedway property.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Speedweek Schedule

Friday May 20
Basic campgrounds open; 24 hours until May 25 - Infield camper check-in behind Gate 25 open;  - Circle K/Kangaroo Express infield open; 
TBD Post-race Gate 5A open for early spectator entry
6:30A 7:00P Credential office open
8:00A 9:00P Will call open
8:00A 10:00P Tom Johnson campground open
8:00A Post-race Ticket office open
8:00A 1 hr. post Gift Shop open
9:00A 1:30P Race Shop Tour $49/person and $39 kids 3-13 to JR Motorsports. Joe Gibbs racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc (departure locations: 35 minutes prior from Entrance P camping office; 25 minutes prior from 4th Turn Camping bathhouse; 15 minutes prior from zMAX Dragway tower) max 32 people per tour
12:00P Post-race Gate 5A open for early spectator access
1:00P 7:00P Play Zone open
1:00P 11:30P Fan Zone open
1:45P 3:15P Final Sprint All-Star race practice
3:00P 6:30P Fan Stage activities (Fan Zone)
3:00P Post-race Spectator gates and suites open
3:00P Post-race Whisky River open (Ford concourse)
3:15P 3:25P Sprint All-Star Race pit road practice
4:15P 5:15P Sprint Showdown qualifying; two round session
5:45P 6:45P NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying
7:00P 7:15P Sprint Showdown driver introductions & ceremonies
7:15P 7:50P Sprint Showdown; 20 laps/20 laps
8:00P 8:30P NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pre-race show
8:30P TBD NC Education Lottery 200; 134 laps, 201 miles Green flag
Post-race CMS pit pass access

Saturday May 21
Basic campgrounds open; 24 hours until May 25 - Circle K/Kangaroo Express infield store open.  - Post-race Infield camper check-in behind Gate 25
8:00A 10:00P Will call open
8:00A 10:00P Tom Johnson campground open
8:00A Post-race Ticket office open
8:00A 1 hr. post Gift Shop open
9:00A 1:00P Race Shop Tour $49/person and $39 kids 3-13 to Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart Haas Racing, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Statue/Curb Motorsports(departure locations: 35 minutes prior from Entrance P camping office; 25 minutes prior from 4th Turn Camping bathhouse; 15 minutes prior from zMAX Dragway tower) max 54 people per tour
9:00A 9:45A Trackside Tram Tour $20/person and $10 kids 13 and younger (depart from Gate 4 information booth, arrive 20 minutes early to check-in) max 50 people per tour
10:00A 7:00P Play Zone open
10:00A 11:30P Fan Zone open (displays begin to close at green flag)
10:30A 7:00P Credential office open
11:00A 11:45A Trackside Tram Tour $20/person and $10 kids 13 and younger (depart from Gate 4 information booth, arrive 20 minutes early to check-in) max 50 people per tour
1:00P 7:00P Fan Stage activities (Fan Zone)
1:00P-2:00P Gate 8 crossover open for Golden Ticket holder early access to Andy Grammer concert
2:00P 6:00P CMS pit pass access with Pit Party and Q&A's with NASCAR driver Joey Logano
2:00P 6:45P Gate 8 crossover open for all ticket holders to access and exit Andy Grammer concert
2:00P Post-race Spectator gates and suites open
2:00P Post-race Whisky River open (Ford concourse)
3:15P 4:25P Andy Grammer pre-race concert (turn 1 infield)
7:10P 8:00P Sprint All-Star Race qualifying
8:35P 8:55P Sprint All-Star Race pre-race show
9:00P TBD Sprint All-Star Race; 50 laps/50 laps/13 laps

Thursday May 26
Infield camper check-in behind Gate 25 open; 24 hours until May 24
8:00A 9:00P Will call open (Gate 4)
8:00A Post-race Ticket office open
8:00A 1 hr. post Gift shop open
8:00A 10:00P Tom Johnson campground open
8:30A 7:00P Credential office open
9:00A 1:00P Race Shop Tour $49/person and $39 kids 3-13 to Joe Gibbs Racing, JR MotorSports, Dale Earnhardt Incorporated (departure locations: 35 minutes prior from Entrance P camping office; 25 minutes prior from 4th Turn Camping bathhouse; 15 minutes prior from zMAX Dragway tower) max 32 people per tour
9:30A 2:30P NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour $49/person and $39 kids 3-13 (departure locations: 35 minutes prior from Entrance P camping office; 25 minutes prior from 4th Turn Camping bathhouse; 15 minutes prior from zMAX Dragway tower) max 12 people per tour
11:00A Post-race Gate 5A open for early spectator entry
12:30P Post-race Fan assistance golf carts running
2:00P 7:00P Corporate Hospitality Village open
2:00P 11:00P Fan assistance trams running
2:30P 3:55P NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
3:00P 7:00P Play Zone open
3:00P 1 hr. post Fan Zone open
4:00P 4:55P NASCAR Xfinity Series practice
4:30P Post-race Spectator gates and suites open
5:00P 6:30P Fan Stage activities (Fan Zone)
5:30P 6:55P NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice
7:15P Post-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LiftMaster Pole Night
8:15P est. 8:45P Legends All-Star Race; first segment of 25 laps (1/4 mile)
8:45P est. 9:00P Better Half High Heel Dash (pit road)
9:00P est. 9:30P Legends All-Star Race; second segment of 25 laps (1/4 mile)

Friday Man 27
8:00A 9:00P Will call open (Gate 4)
8:00A 9:00P Ticket office open
8:00A 10:00P Tom Johnson campground open
9:00A 1:00P Race Shop Tour $49/person and $39 kids 3-13 to Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Sam
Bass Gallery (departure locations: 35 minutes prior from Entrance P camping office; 25 minutes prior from 4th Turn Camping bathhouse; 15 minutes prior from zMAX Dragway tower) max 54 people per tour
9:30A 2:30P NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour $49/person and $39 kids 3-13 (departure locations: 35 minutes prior from Entrance P camping office; 25 minutes prior from 4th Turn Camping bathhouse; 15 minutes prior from
zMAX Dragway tower) max 12 people per tour
10:00A 10:45A Trackside Tram Tour $20/person and $10 kids 13 and younger (depart from Gate 4 information booth, arrive 20 minutes early to check-in)
11:00A 11:45A Trackside Tram Tour $20/person and $10 kids 13 and younger (depart from Gate 4 information booth, arrive 20 minutes early to check-in)
10:00A 4:00P Credential office open
1:00P Post-race Dirt Track pit gates open and pit pass sales begin
1:00P Post-race Dirt Track ticket office and will call open
3:30P Post-race Dirt Track fan assistance golf carts running
4:00P Post-race Dirt Track spectator gates open
4:30P 5:15P Dirt Track autograph session (main concourse)
5:30P 6:00P WoO Sprint Car push for heat
6:00P 6:30P SECA Late Model hot laps/qualifying; 6 car groups, top 10 lock into A-Main
6:30P 7:00P WoO Sprint Car hot laps
7:00P 7:15P WoO Sprint Car time trials
7:15P 7:30P Opening Ceremonies/Track reconditioning
7:30P TBD WoO Sprint Car Heat #1; 8 laps
TBD TBD WoO Sprint Car Heat #2; 8 laps
TBD TBD WoO Sprint Car Heat #3; 8 laps
TBD TBD WoO Sprint Car Heat #4; 8 laps; as needed
TBD TBD SECA Late Model B-Main #1; 8 laps
TBD TBD WoO Sprint Car dash re-draw on stage/track reconditioning
TBD TBD SECA Late Model B-Main # 2; 8 laps
TBD TBD WoO Sprint Car Dash; 6 laps
TBD TBD WoO Sprint Car Last Chance Showdown; 12 laps
TBD TBD WoO Sprint Car A-Main; 30 laps
TBD TBD SECA Late Models A-Main; 25 laps

Saturday May 28
7:30A 2:00P Credential office open
8:00A 2:00P Corporate Hospitality Village open
8:00A Post-race Ticket office open
8:00A 1 hr. post Gift shop open
8:00A Post-race Fan assistance golf carts running
8:00A 9:00P Will call open (Gate 4)
8:00A 10:00P Tom Johnson campground open
9:00A 3:00P Play Zone open
9:00A Post-race Fan assistance trams running
9:00A 1 hr. post Fan Zone open
9:30A Post-race Spectator gates and suites open
9:30A Post-race Whisky River open (Ford concourse)
10:00A 10:55A NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
10:30A 2:00P Fan Stage activities (Fan Zone)
11:15A 12:30P NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying
1:00P 1:50P NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice
2:00P 3:00P Pre-race and opening ceremonies
2:45P Post-race NASCAR Xfinity Series Hisense 300; 200 laps, 300 miles Green flag Post-race CMS pit pass access
8:30P 10:00P Infield camper appreciation concert

Sunday May 29 COKE 600 SCHEDULE
8:00A 10:00P Tom Johnson campground open
8:00A Post-race Ticket office open
8:00A 1 hr. post Gift shop open
9:00A 6:00P Play Zone open
9:00A 1 hr. post Fan Zone open
9:00A 2:00A Fan assistance trams running
11:00A 2:00A Fan assistance golf carts running
12:00P 5:30P Fan Stage activities (Fan Zone)
12:00P 6:00P Corporate Hospitality Village open
12:30P Post-race Spectator gates and suites open
12:30P Post-race Whisky River open (Ford concourse)
12:45P 3:55P Pit Party open with live band and Q&As with NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick (2:15P), Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano (2:45P) (pit road)
12:45P 4:30P CMS pit pass access
3:30P 6:15P Pre-race and opening ceremonies
3:55P 4:40P Lee Brice infield pre-race concert; accessible to those with pit passes & driver introduction passes (pit road stage by scoring tower)
6:15P Post-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600; 400 laps, 600 miles


TICKET PRICES 2016

52.00 - 160.00

CHRYSLER - No Alcohol: Section K (Rows 27-51)
TOYOTA 4TH TURN - Alcohol Free Family Section: Sections AA-GG  KIDS TICKETS 13 and under 10.00 SECTIONS X-GG  MORE

TICKET DEALS 2016

Charlotte Motor Speedway offers fans the opportunity to pay it forward and help bring active service men and women to NASCAR’s home track through its “Let the Troops Race” program. For just $25, fans can purchase a ticket for a member of the armed services to attend the Bank of America 500. The tickets are distributed through the USO of North Carolina. To purchase a “Let the Troops Race” ticket or for more information about the program, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or stop by the ticket office.

driver Introduction + Pit Pass
Driver Introduction passes now have even more to offer fans! You get to take in driver introductions front and center of the stage. You can purchase a special driver introduction pass for $150,

Whisky River package Include
Race Day Party with the Whisky River Girls
Unlimited Bull Rides
Packages Start at $69

Weekend Package Starting at just $99,
2-For-$99 Save 37% when you purchase a 2-pack for $99!
149.00, 199.00 or 299.00

PIT PASS & PARTY PACKAGE
ADULTS$100
AGES 14-18$50  CHILDREN 13 & UNDERFREE

COKE 4-PACK  Save 10% when you purchase a Coca-Cola 600 4-Pack today!  Must purchase in increments of four (4) to qualify

Save 33% when you purchase two (2) tickets and receive a third ticket FREE in the Ford Upper Terrace! Perched above the frontstretch, the Ford Upper Terrace offers stunning views of all of Charlotte Motor Speedway including the start/finish line, pit road and the gigantic HDTV!  Must purchase in increments of three (3) in order to qualify.
MORE & TO ORDER ANY OF THE ABOVE

What to do while there - Racin' Stuff first then other stuff
(Cigarette prices are cheap in NC for all you smokers.)

There is so much to do at the Charlotte Motor Speedway you can’t get it all in.  More Independent Vendors are located together at Charlotte than any other Speedway: great prices & great selection.  Location is on our Race Recon Page.  It can take you an entire afternoon to walk thru all the corporate exhibitions & independent vendors.  Go do it; like I said great deals on souvenirs and the exhibits have free stuff especially for the fall race with the season winding down.

Driver's Appearances
Appearances are posted from a week before race day up until a few days before.  Many times there isn't advanced notice, go by the souvenir haulers and look for the signs. (Go on Friday)

www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
www.driversappearances.com
www.jayski.com

Thursday


MORE APPEARANCES AROUND CHARLOTTE - ALWAYS ALOT CLICK HER


OTHER STUFF TO DO AT OR NEAR THE SPEEDWAY



NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour From track 2016

$49 per person; $39 for children ages 3 - 9.

Race Week Schedule
Thursday, May 19th, 2016- 9:30 AM
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016- 12:00 PM
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016- 12:00 PM
Thursday, May 26th, 2016- 9:30 AM
Friday, May 27th, 2016- 9:30 AM
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Race Shop Tour From Track

Price: $49 per person; $39 for children ages 3 - 9.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 9:30AM-1:30PM
Billy Graham Library
Tour size: Limit to 12 people

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 12:00PM-4:00PM
Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Sam Bass Gallery
Tour size: Limit to 24 people

Friday, May 20th, 2016 9:00AM-1:30PM
JR MotorSports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Dale Earnhardt Incorporated
Tour size: Limit to 32 people

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 9:00AM-1:00PM
Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart Hass Racing, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Statue, Curb MotorSports
Tour size: Limit to 54 people

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 9:00AM-1:00PM
Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart Hass Racing
Tour size: Limit to 24 people

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 9:30AM-1:30PM
Billy Graham Library
Tour size: Limit to 12 people

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 9:00AM-4:00PM
Richard Childress Racing Museum/Gift Shop & Richard Childress Vineyards
Tour size: Limit to 12 people

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 9:00AM-1:30PM
Joe Gibbs Racing, JR MotorSports, Dale Earnhardt Incorporated

Friday, May 27th, 2016 9:00AM-1:00PM
Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Sam Bass Gallery
Tour size: Limit to 54 people

Tour Length: The tour is approximately four hours long.

Lunch: No lunch stop – please eat before tour begins and/or bring snacks for the bus ride.

Departure Location:
35 minutes prior to tour – Entrance P Camping Office
25 minutes prior to tour – 4th Turn Campground Bathhouse
15 minutes prior to tour - Front of zMAX Dragway – Main Tower Entrance
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TRACKSIDE TRAM TOUR

Price: $20 per person; $10 for children 13 and younger (704) 455-3223 or during race week visit the Gate 4 information booth.

Schedule
Monday, May 16 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Tuesday, May 17 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Wednesday, May 18 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM
Thursday, May 19 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Saturday, May 21 9:00 AM &11:00 AM
Monday, May 23 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM
Tuesday, May 24 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM
Wednesday, May 25 9:00 AM & 10:00 AM
Friday, May 27 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM


PRE RACE ENTERTAINMENT

ALL STAR RACE - The full 70-minute Andy Grammer All-Star Race Concert Powered by Rayovac, will kick off the pre-race festivities of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race between Turns 1 and 2 of the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield. Entry is free for all All-Star Race ticket holders. For just $20, fans can upgrade to a special Golden Ticket for early access to a reserved area directly in front of the stage. Golden Tickets are limited and can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

OCA COLA 600 45-minute Lee Brice Coca-Cola 600 pre-race concert presented by Speed Perks, will highlight the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race pit party, which will also include driver appearances, Q&As with some of the biggest names in the sport and even more live music.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 654-4400
Opening May 11, 2010 in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, includes artifacts, interactive exhibits, 275-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. fOR TICKETS AND DATES & TIMES AVAILABLE PLEASE CLICK  www.nascarhall.com/


THE DIRT TRACK

You have to do a race at the Dirt Track while you are here.  It is the cleanest Dirt Track EVER.

The water truck comes out after every heat and waters down the track, the pits and directly in front of the fans.  This is a state of the art Dirt track!  High Tech Redneck at it's best!  Reserved seats available at (800) 455-FANS or www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. Parking FREE in designated LMS lots.

Laidback Racing Tip: At WOO events before the last heat (A or B main) of the night, the ticket salespeople get to leave their stations and go watch the race.  If you only want to try it to see if you like it, go Friday night and see one heat for free then decide if you want tickets for Saturday.

The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame
NCAR       704-663-5331 for more information

The museum, dedicated to all types of racing, features over 35+ race cars on display. You can relive racing's greatest moments in the Goodyear Mini-Theater now featuring "NASCAR's Greatest Drivers".  The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame has driver uniforms and helmet displays and exhibits of unique racing engines.  Also located there is the T. Wayne Robertson Electronic Library.  It is located off Interstate 77 on Knob Hill Road, just a short distance north of the Charlotte Speedway. 

Sam Bass Gallery

6104 Performance Drive SW, Concord, NC 28027 Located outside of turn 2 across the street  (704) 455-6915 or (800) 556-5464  E-mail info@sambass.com
Open To The Public  Admission Is Free

Richard Petty Driving Experience Offers High-Speed Ride-Alongs

Each Ride-Along participant will receive three laps in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-style stock car at speeds approaching 160 mph.
For information or to secure a seat for one of the Ride-Along
sessions, contact the Richard Petty Driving Experience at 1-800-BE-PETTY.

RACE TRACKS
number in front of name is distance from Lowe's

4.5 World Karting Ass. (704) 455-1606 6041 Victory Lane S.W., Harrisburg, NC 28075
11.0 Concord Motorsport Park (704) 782-4221 7940 US Hwy. 601 South, Concord, NC
Indian Land Kartway  (803) 547-2711, 499 Charles Pettus Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708
12.2 Zito's Mobile Mascarr Inc. (704) 857-6269 412 East Blume Street, Landis, NC
27.7 East Lincoln Motor Speedway (704) 263-5347, 1873 Mariposa Road, Stanley, NC
37.6 Farmington Drag Way  (336) 998-3443 Mocksville, NC 27028
39.9 Carolina Motor Speedway  (704) 869-0313, Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28052
40.2 Lexington Moto-Cross  (336) 238-2110, 224 Berrier Avenue, Lexington, NC
44.5 Farmington Dragway  (336) 998-3443, 2992 Nc Highway 801 North, Mocksville, NC 27028

Race shops addresses

RaceShops.com

600 Racing, Inc. (Legends Cars)

5245 Hwy. 49 Harrisburg, NC 28075 Phone: 704-455-3896.  www.600racing.com

Nascar Silicon Motor Speedway

(704) 979-race Racing simulators.

Nascar Speed Park

www.nascarspeedpark.com

SPEEDTV STAGE

At Lowe's Motor Speedway, the SPEED Stage is located outside the track, behind the main grandstand, in between Turn 3 & Turn 4.

Concord Mills Mall

Concord Mills Information Booth Phone: (704) 979-3300 Toll Free: 877-nc-mills    www.concordmills.com
USUALLY DRIVERS ARE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS HERE DURING SPEEDWEEKS. Straight up the road from the Speedway entrance, on your left. I don't think you'll miss it.  There are usually drivers signing autographs there during Speed Weeks.
I-85 exit 49. Second largest mall in North Carolina. With a nod towards race fans in it's design.

Other Stuff To Do

The Charlotte Nature Museum is an urban science center that exhibits the animals and plants of the Piedmont including an ever-changing Butterfly Garden. The Nature Museum is located adjacent to Freedom Park, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Afro-American Cultural Center, Charlotte Museum of History and Levine Museum of the New South are all located in Charlotte.

Discovery Place, located in the heart of Charlotte, is a cutting edge science center featuring interactive displays from the frontiers of space to the depths of the sea.  Some of the exhibits include:  
PuppetPlace - A professional theatre offers an opportunity for children to learn about a variety of topics during fun musical shows. 
Our Living Planet – Reach out and touch a simulated tornado, check out the weather or view our gem collection while exploring video presentations and hands-on exhibits.

Also features an Aquarium, a Rain Forest and much more.

OTHER IMPORTANT SPEEDWAY INFO

Did your vehicle get towed because you parked in the wrong place? Or had no sticker? Call 704-455-3220.

Special Assistance Needs

Wheelchair accessible seating areas are available in the Ford Upper Terrace, Ford Grandstand, Diamond Tower Terrace and the Toyota Fourth Turn Terrace. Accompanying individuals will be provided companion seats near the designated wheelchair seating areas.

Reserved handicap parking is also available for those who have purchased wheelchair seating. Parking areas coordinate with your seating location. Please call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS with questions regarding Reserved Handicap Parking passes.

Unreserved handicap parking is located behind the Diamond Tower Terrace in Turn 2. Please enter at Entrance P off of Morehead Road. We also have unreserved handicap parking at Entrance T off of Bruton Smith Boulevard and Entrance H off of Highway 29. All vehicles parking in the unreserved lots must have a handicap placard issued by the state in which they live and the person that the placard or tag is registered to must be in the car with a photo ID for the parking lot attendant to view prior to admission into the lot. Trams will be operating from the Diamond Tower lot taking fans to their gates.

A golf cart shuttle service is offered from the parking lots to the grandstand areas for those needing assistance. Please call (704) 454-6411 to request a golf cart to your location. This phone line is staffed only on event days. If you park in the parking lot at Entrances W, Y, or Z, you will need to cross Bruton Smith Boulevard as our golf carts are prevented from crossing the main roads. Be aware that shuttles operate in an as timely fashion as possible, but that time delays will happen. Please plan on arriving early. When entering your parking area, note the entrance letter and general area; this needs to be communicated with the shuttle service so they can locate you faster. To avoid waiting, please park in the Diamond Tower Unreserved Handicap parking lot if qualified. The trams and golf carts will be running from this location all day without the need to call for assistance.


WILL CALL

Tickets can be picked up at the speedway's ticket office until the day of the event. The will-call window is located at Gate 4 on Event Days.

GATE MAP

CLICK HERE you will need this!

CONCESSIONS

Humpy's concession prices are high BUT it is your own fault if you have to buy something from him because he lets you bring what you want into the track....so bring plenty of snacks and beer!

BLACK FLAG FROM US: The track charges $10.00 for a "margarita" Well I bartended for over 20 years and a margarita has tequila in it and the track's doesn't on Sundays. We got this info from a police officer who is in the loop. Skip the Bloody Mary's too.

BUT you gotta have a fried Twinkie or a fried oreo while you are at Humpy's.  As PR man Steve would say, "Fried Twinkies are all that" 
Gotta love Southerns...we will fry anything! 

RESTROOMS

Plenty of rest rooms at Humpy's House.  But just in case he has luxury port o potties (Bubba suites) with running water, paper towels and soap!
 
STAFF

Interestingly enough, the staff in the grandstand area are alot more knowledgeable than the ones in the suites.  Maybe because they are bubbas from the old days like us.

SHUTTLES AND TRAMS

Bus Shuttles
FROM LAIDBACK RACING:  The shuttles are awesome....they run thru all the campgrounds pretty regularly....they have a road that goes underneath moorehead and brings you to the tram stop on th back stretch or they leave you at gate 8.

Trams:
Tram service is provided by Nationwide Insurance at a number of tram stops throughout the facility including Gates 2, 3, 4, 7/8, 12, 18, 26, and 30 and run in a clockwise direction. These trams operate on race and qualifying days from 12 noon - until These trams will operate after an event.

Coca-Cola Speed Street Festival May

Coca-Cola Speed Street presented by Chevrolet transforms the streets of Uptown Charlotte into one of the largest consumer events in the Southeast. With live musical entertainment, appearances by top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and celebrities, dynamic exhibits for all ages and an amazing assembly of NASCAR show cars and simulators, Coca-Cola Speed Street presented by Chevrolet is an event attended by more than 400,000 attendees annually.

This multiday, free consumer event will be taking place May 21-23, 2015. The festival is open from noon to 11 p.m. each day. MORE
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Need a place to camp or Park at Charlotte? Hudspeth Family Campground
Call Stephanie @ 704-794-8316 for dry camping &
Chrissy for hookups @ 704-773-0657
The Official Charlotte Campground of Laidback Racing

Mention Laidback Racing and get a discount on dry camping WITH A RESERVATION!  RACE DAY PARKING ALSO AVAILABLE. Easy walk to turns 1 & 2.