For more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard for motorsports entertainment and evolved into “The Greatest Place to See the Race.” Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and his business partner, the late Curtis Turner, one of stock car racing's earliest driving stars. Together, they built their dream of a 1.5-mile superspeedway here in Cabarrus County and, on June 19, 1960, the first World 600 was run at the new facility.
Over the next week, the Speedway will rev-up with events leading up to the biggest Memorial Day weekend party in the country. LiftMaster Pole Day will take place on Thursday, May 23, at 7:10 p.m.; the Legends All Star Race on Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m.; and the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown on Friday May 24, at 7:15 p.m. Fans can take part in a rockin’ kickoff at the Coca-Cola Family Track Walk and concert with music megastar Trace Adkins on Friday, May 24. Entry into the track walk and concert are free with a Coca-Cola 600 race ticket. On Saturday, May 25, at 2:45 p.m., the Speedway will roar with thunder as the History 300 hits the track and NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars battle NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in a 300-mile showdown.
All of this leads up to the feature event, the Coca-Cola 600, on Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m., when the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will do battle in stock car racing’s true endurance test. On Sunday, make sure you get to the track early so you can beat traffic and participate in several interactive games and events in the dynamic fan zone. You also won’t want to miss the 600’s patriotic pre-race salute to the U.S. Armed Forces. More than 10,000 troops be on-hand and celebrated for their heroism as part of a touching military tribute that will welcome them home.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the History 300 on Saturday, May 25, at 2:45 p.m., the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m. or one of the many other racing events throughout the week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
or call 1-800-455-FANS.
- Writer’s Workshop, Neighborhood Network Technology Center, May 22-23
- Mommy & Me Nature Class, Cabarrus Parks, May 23
- Family Fun Night, North Cabarrus Park, May 24
- Camp T.N. Spencer pool opening, May 25
- Reduced-cost rabies vaccinations, May 20-24
- Tuesdays in the Park activities for seniors, Tuesdays through June
- Grappling Association Championship, Cabarrus Arena, June 1
- Microsoft Publisher Class, Concord Library, May 30
- Ducktona Dash, Frank Liske Park, June 1
- Camp under the stars at Camp Spencer Park
- Microsoft Excel workshop, May 30
- Senior Center dances, May 24 and 25
- Book clubs at the Concord Library, May 28 and 30
- Cabarrus Extension and Community Association