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Charlotte Motor Speedway

Attraction

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC

You’ve seen the blockbuster “Cars,” right? Well, guess where this monstrous hit of a movie premiered? Nope, not in Hollywood. “Cars” first zoomed into kid-culture at the Charlotte Motor Speedway back in ‘06. When McQueen uttered his first, “KA-Chow!”, an entire generation was introduced to the fun of the hit film.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway sprawls over 2,000 acres and features several state-of-the-art tracks that host many types of races, including the wildly famous NASCAR. The speedway also has a quarter-mile drag racing strip and a clay oval that hosts dirt racing. All kinds of races take place at this well-loved venue — including principals racing school buses. Monster trucks crash into each other every August.

Value hotels are just minutes from the Speedway, and camping is onsite.

For speed-enthusiasts, take the family on the Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour. You’ll drive by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, ride through two infield race tracks, and take a picture in the Winner’s Circle. The knowledgeable guide will explain the history of the Charlotte Motor Speedway while you kick back in a comfy van ride. But don’t get too comfortable because soon you’ll be racing around the speedway “where you will feel the full-tilt force of the 24-degree banking.” You’ll also visit the zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track.

Hours
Reserve by calling 704-455-3223 or visit the Tour Desk on the second floor of Smith Tower. The Speedway is open depending on the race schedule although tours happen at off-hours.

Recent Traveler Reviews

Spectacular Christmas light display

by kayem3354

My husband and I throughly enjoyed driving on the race track to see the light displays. We did not go to the Christmas Village, but the movie Home Alone was playing as we were driving.…
Speedway in Lights

by BradU42

First off, go early and go on a week day if possible. The place can get packed. If you have to go on a weekend, pay the extra for the fast pass. It can really…