The 2019 Cabarrus Magazine Racing Guide
Apr 15, 2019 05:13PM
● By Jason Huddle
The 2019 Cabarrus Magazine Racing GuideSponsored by:
NGK SPARK PLUGS NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS
April 26th-April 28th
Special Events The Weekend of 4/26 - 4/28
Catch a Drift
This weekend, fans can participate in tire-squealing, smoke-billowing activities of their own, as an extraordinary East10Drift exhibition offering spectacular drift shows and hair-raising ride-alongs takes over zMAX Dragway for what’s expected to be one of the most memorable race weekends in the history of the world-class venue.
Friday Night Lights
For the first time, zMAX Dragway will host a four-wide Night of Fire on Friday night. Fans will see headers lighting up the night sky in the first two qualifying passes for Brittany Force, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, John Force and all the stars of Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Mod categories. Don’t miss an elaborate, new pre-race show featuring pyrotechnics, music and elaborate driver introductions.
Nitro Alley is every fan’s one-stop shop for all things entertainment. Grab the latest souvenirs, meander through dozens of interactive vendor displays or tour the sprawling, 27-acre pit area and get up close and personal with hundreds of high-powered race cars; it’s the place to be and it’s FREE with every NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals ticket.
Kings of the Mountain (Motor)
This weekend’s NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will introduce the Mountain Motor Pro Stock division to zMAX Dragway, as the stars of one of drag racing’s most remarkable divisions prepares to tackle America’s Home for Racing for the first time. These colossal beasts earned their names in the 1970s, thanks to their engines being “as tall as a mountain.” Mountain Motor Pro Stock machines – making one of just four appearances at NHRA races this year – feature throwback hood scoops and wheel stands that go on for 100 feet.
Walk A Quarter-Mile In Their Shoes
Fans with a Sunday ticket will have a rare chance to join drivers and drag racing personalities for the Mello Yello Track Walk on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Just minutes before drivers take to the lanes for the opening round of eliminations, fans can walk the Bellagio of drag strip where four-wide history will be mad, then be front and center for opening ceremonies on the start line just before the first quad fire their engines for eliminations.
The Ultimate Race Day Upgrade
Get closer to the action with the Top Eliminator Club, the ultimate race day experience. The Top Eliminator Club includes access to an exclusive tower viewing area, daily meal service, driver appearances, free VIP parking, event gifts and more. Join fan Q&As and autograph sessions with drag racing superstars throughout the weekend.
Party in the Pavilion
Campers from across the country will converge on zMAX Dragway for the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, and they’ll kick off the festivities with a rocking camper appreciation party on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Located in the pavilion just inside Gate 1, the camper party will feature music, giveaways, yard games, and driver appearances as well as a live broadcast of Performance Racing Network’s Nitro Notes presented by WIX Filters.
Fueled by Fun Foods
With all there is to see and do throughout the weekend, fans are sure to work up an appetite, and zMAX Dragway has them covered with a bevy of unique and fun food options. Located just behind the John Force grandstands, new vendors like Wild Bill’s Soda Shop and Chan’s are sure to join favorites including Portable Provisions – with its new Double Dog Dare Ya hot dog. If pizza is more your speed, try Hungry Howie’s, which will have three on-site locations throughout the weekend.
A Taste of NASCAR
It may be all about drag racing at zMAX Dragway, but at America’s Home for Racing, visitors can also immerse themselves in all things NASCAR with a tour of the iconic Charlotte Motor Speedway. One- and two-hour options mean race fans can experience the famed speedway from pit road to Victory Lane, take laps on the high-banked corners or get a sneak peek of the Performance Racing Network studios. Tours are available daily on Friday and Saturday for as little as $12. Fans can book by calling 704-455-3223 or at the Tours Desk on the second floor of Smith Tower.
Gates for this weekend’s NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will open at 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 8:30 a.m. for Sunday eliminations.
TICKETS: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or call 800-455-FANS (3267).
NC Education Lottery 200
Monster Energy All Star Race
Spectrum Pole Night/Arca General Tire 150
Patriot Nationals Race
May 24th-May 25th
Coca Cola 600
Fun for the Whole Family!
Movies on Campus
Veterans Park, Downtown Kannapolis
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to watch Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet on the big screen. The movie starts at 6 p.m.
Jiggy with the Piggy Festival
This premier event has been named one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society. The City of Kannapolis loves hosting this special three day event each year in May. This year the Jiggy with the Piggy Festival is May 3-4, 2019. Free Admission.
Jiggy with the Piggy includes a Kansas City Barbeque Society Competition, Rides, 5k Walk/Run, over 100 artisans, Concerts, a Friday Night outdoor family movie, an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast, and People's Choice BBQ and Wings Tasting.
Located in the kids area of Jiggy with the Piggy on the NC Research Campus in downtown Kannapolis, the fun begins at 10 a.m., with races starting at 12 noon. Kids of all ages can build a race car from the zucchini vegetable. Prizes are available for the top 3 fastest vegetables in 3 age groups plus the Most Nutritious and Most Creative!
Spring into Arts Festival
May 11, 10am - 4pm
The Spring Into Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that
showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts. Enjoy the juried art show, musical entertainment, locally crafted beer & wine, fantastic food, and a children's area that inspires the artistic side of all of us!
Haulers on Union Parade
Located on Union Street between Corban & Cabarrus Avenues, this free event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Too Much Sylvia will perform at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the NASCAR Cup haulers will parade down the street at 6:15 p.m. Don't miss reigning NASCAR Cup Champion, Joey Logano for a Q&A Session and autographs for the first 100 fans starting at 6:30 p.m. May 16th.
Join us at GoPro Motorplex on Tuesday, May 21 from 5-9 p.m. for the littlest BIG race of the year, the 6th annual Little 600. It's a must-do during May Race Weeks in Charlotte. The annual event is a fan-favorite, featuring FREE admission and the chance to watch popular NASCAR drivers battle bumper to bumper in go karts.
Join us in Uptown Charlotte for the 25th annual Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola. This annual event takes over Tryon Street in uptown for 3 days showcasing partner displays, free goodies, samples, interactive displays, music and fun for the entire family. All activities on Tryon Street are free and open from 12 noon - 8 p.m., daily. At 6 p.m. in Romare Bearden Park, the Coca-Cola stage comes alive with music from Corey Smith, Brothers Osborne and STYX. Check out the website for a complete list of bands and how to purchase concert tickets.
PNC Music Pavillion
2019 Country Megaticket (Feat. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and more!)
May 16, Time: TBD
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
May 16, 7:30 pm
Chris Young & Chris Janson
May 17, 7:30 pm