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Cabarrus Magazine's 2017 Racing Guide Presented by The 600 Festival

Apr 15, 2017 08:05AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
There are so many things happening this race season in Charlotte, NC and beyond. Whether you are looking for the Haulers on Union Parade, award-winning musicians or classic NASCAR races, we've got you covered. Presented by the 600 Festival.

600 Festival Events

For over 31 years, the 600 Festival Association has been commemorating the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway with spectacular family-oriented events. 

Movies on the Campus - start May 05 2017 0700PM

Movies on the Campus: May 5, 2017 7:00PM

The 600 Festival Association will kick off its 2017 events May 5 in downtown Kannapolis with the 4th annual “Movies on the Campus” in conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy. This year’s mo... Read More » 


Zucchini 600 - start May 06 2017 0900AM

Zucchini 600: May 6, 2017 9:00AM

It's the Zucchini 600, a race featuring cars made of, you guessed it, zucchini. It will take great skill to build and race a car from vegetables! The best young racing talent of Cabarrus ... Read More » 


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Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest: May 18, 2017 5:00PM

On Thursday, May 18 starting at 5 p.m., the streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers as they ... Read More » 


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Little 600: May 23, 2017 5:00PM

The tempo of the 600 Festival revs up on Tuesday, May 23 when the Little 600 takes the green flag at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville. It’s a great opportunity to see some of NASCAR’s b... Read More » 


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PNC Speed Street 5K: May 25, 2017 7:00PM

Run under the stars in the PNC Speed Street 5K in Uptown Charlotte on May 25. Runners will wind their way through the festival setting in on their way to the finish line. It's going to... Read More » 

Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola


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DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lakeside and Dueling DJs: May 25, 2017 7:00PM

Lakeside will appear on the Mello Yello stage at 7 p.m. for a free concert. Lakeside will showcase many of its hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s including “Fantastic Voyage,” “It’s All The W... Read More » 


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Billy Currington with Granger Smith: May 26, 2017 6:00PM

Billy Currington will bring his distinctive voice and string of number-one country singles to Uptown Charlotte May 26 for Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola. The show will be pa... Read More » 


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Jake Owen with Cadillac Three and Maggie Rose: May 27, 2017 6:30PM

Jake Owen will rock the Coca-Cola stage May 27 with his own brand of fun country. Owen has topped the country charts six times with hit singles like “American Country Love Song,” “Beachin... Read More » 


Main Events at Charlotte Motor Speedway


The main attractions at Charlotte Motor Speedway are sure to excite this Race Season! Check out their main events below. We hope to see you there! 

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals - start Apr 28 2017 0900AM

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals: Apr 28, 2017 9:00AM

NHRA drag racing returns to zMAX Dragway for the ONLY four-wide race on the NHRA schedule. Be sure to join the fastest accelerating machines on the planet as they tackle the world’s faste... Read More » 


North Carolina Education Lottery 200 - start May 19 2017 0700PM

North Carolina Education Lottery 200: May 19, 2017 7:00PM

The stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series take on the high banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway under the lights in 200 miles of exciting, tailgate-flying action. Drivers will also ... Read More » 


Monster Energy All-Star Race - start May 20 2017 0730PM

Monster Energy All-Star Race: May 20, 2017 7:30PM

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series battle under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway in an All New Format that will surely set up a night to remember. The Monster Energy ... Read More » 

LiftMaster Pole Night - start May 26 2017 0600PM

LiftMaster Pole Night: May 26, 2017 6:00PM

Dirt will fly when the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 26th for the Outlaw Showdown. Drivers will compete for prize money and pres... Read More » 


Hisense 4K TV 300 - start May 27 2017 0200PM

Hisense 4K TV 300: May 27, 2017 2:00PM

NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars will battle against NASCAR Cup Series drivers in this 300-mile afternoon showdown. The Hisense 4K TV 300 is an opportunity for fans to see great racing with... Read More » 



Coca-Cola 600 - start May 28 2017 0600PM

Coca-Cola 600: May 28, 2017 6:00PM

Tickets start at $49 including a concert featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd PLUS a patriotic salute to our Memorial Day military heroes! Afterward, enjoy the 58th run... Read More » 



Other Fun Events


There are so many fun things happening around the Speedway during this time. Here are a few things to consider trying! 

Laps  Taps Craft Brewery  Speedway Tour - start May 21 2017 1200PM

Laps & Taps Craft Brewery & Speedway Tour: May 21, 2017 12:00PM

Laps and Taps Tour Leave the driving to us and come take a tour through 2 local breweries, Cabarrus Brewing Company, “Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company” and laps around the Charlotte Mo... Read More » 

Lynyrd Skynyrd Rocks the Coca-Cola 600

What happens when Southern rock joins forces with NASCAR’s Memorial Day Weekend classic? America wins! Iconic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform for race fans during the Coca-Cola 600 Concert Presented By Advance Auto Parts.

Get your tickets now starting at $49 dollars for adults and kids 13 and under are just $10 for grandstand tickets to see one of the nation’s legendary rock groups turn up the volume before Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and the stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series battle for 600 miles in NASCAR’s toughest race, the day-to-night spectacle known as the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway! 

Daily Tours

Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour

Tour the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, ride through two infield race tracks, make your way down Pit Road and take a picture in Winner’s Circle. Learn the history of Charlotte Motor Speedway while enjoying a comfortable van ride around the superspeedway where you will feel the full-tilt force of the 24-degree banking. Plus, visit zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte on this exciting tour!  Reserve your seat by calling 704-455-3223 or visit the Tour Desk on the second floor of Smith Tower.

Price: $12.00 per person; $10.00 per person for seniors (55 and older), military personnel, EMS/Fire/Police personnel and children ages 13 and younger.

Over the Wall Tour

Includes the Feel the Thrill Tour plus exclusive additional features. Walk through The Speedway Club and visit one of our 61 frontstretch suites, peek inside the Performance Racing Network (PRN) studios and experience the breathtaking view of Charlotte Motor Speedway from the top of the Ford Grandstand. Cruise down pit road, tour the Media Center and take a walk down memory lane as you view timeless photos of CMS history. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity today and reserve your seat in advance by calling 704-455-3223 or visit the Tour Desk on the second floor of Smith Tower.

Price: $20.00 per person; $18.00 per person for seniors (55 and older), military personnel, EMS/Fire/Police personnel and children ages 13 and younger

STEM Field Trip

The STEM Field Trip is an educational experience geared towards school groups and will last approximately 2.5 hours during Non-Event times. The students will rotate through 5 stations – each activity will take 25 minutes and we’ve allowed 5 minutes to rotate to the next station.

Trackside Tram Tour

Join in on the race week excitement with all the pre-race preparations on the Trackside Tram Tour. Fans will learn the history of Charlotte Motor Speedway while getting an up close look at pre-race activities on the track, pit road and motor coach lot, as well as a unique view of the World’s 2nd Largest HDTV screen! Top it off with an opportunity to climb the 24 degree banking of the famous speedway! Seats are limited so hurry and reserve your seat today! To purchase tickets, please call (704) 455-3223 or during race week visit the Gate 4 information booth.

Price: $20 per person; $10 for children 13 and younger

Hall of Fame Tour

Charlotte Motor Speedway is offering you the opportunity to experience NASCAR excitement like never before with a trip to the spectacular NASCAR Hall of Fame! No worries about parking, traffic, directions, or ticket lines…just sit back and relax. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive entertainment attraction dedicated to the history and heritage of NASCAR. From the down-home history of stock-car racing to the legendary drivers and their race cars, the Hall of Fame celebrates everything that is great about NASCAR! All NASCAR Hall of Fame Tours will visit the Sam Bass Gallery, where you will see displays of original paintings and limited edition prints that document special moments in the sports history, all done by NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist.

Admission tickets, transportation, taxes and gratuities are included.

Price: $49 per person; $39 for children ages 3 - 13.

Race Shop Tour

Let Charlotte Motor Speedway help you visit some of the key NASCAR race shops and attractions while you are in Concord. See the shop where your favorite driver’s team prepares for race day and compare it to his competitors! Walk through Hendrick Motorsports museum and learn the history behind this incredibly successful organization. Visit Sam Bass Gallery the first officially licensed artist of NASCAR, race shops, museum, or view the nine foot tall Dale Earnhardt Sr. statue in his home town of Kannapolis, NC. So, sit back and relax as you travel from shop to attractions with no worries about traffic, directions, or parking.

Price: $49 per person; $39 for Children 3-13

Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash - start Aug 19 2017 0600PM

Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash Aug 19, 2017 6:00PM

Sparks will fly as the metal-mashing machines of the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash return to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for a night of high-flying action on the most diaboli... Read More » 


NHRA Carolina Nationals - start Sep 15 2017 0900AM

NHRA Carolina Nationals: Sep 15, 2017 9:00AM

The NHRA’s best drivers begin their quest for supremacy in the first race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway. Every ticket is a pit pass... Read More » 

Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts - start Sep 21 2017 0800AM

Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts: Sep 21, 2017 8:00AM

Car lovers rejoice! The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts, returns September 21-24, bringing together thousands of hot rods, m... Read More » 



Bojangles Pole Night - start Oct 05 2017 0700PM

Bojangles' Pole Night: Oct 5, 2017 7:00PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup drivers leave it all on the track during knockout qualifying to set the field for the Bank of America 500. The entertainment lineup also features the Better Half... Read More » 


Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina - start Oct 06 2017 0430PM

Drive for the Cure 300: Oct 6, 2017 4:30PM

Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Friday, October 6, 2017 4:30 PM NASCAR XFINITY Series The contenders for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Champio... Read More » 


Bank of America 500 - start Oct 07 2017 0700PM

Bank of America 500: Oct 7, 2017 7:00PM

Sparks will fly as the playoff intensity heats up on Oct. 7 with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Bank of America 500, NASCAR’s fall classic. Read More » 


World of Outlaws World Finals - start Nov 02 2017 0600PM

World of Outlaws World Finals : Nov 2, 2017 6:00PM

The most prestigious dirt racing event in the country, the Nov. 2-4 World of Outlaws World Finals, returns for three days of heart-pounding, clay-slinging action on the lightning-fast, fo... Read More » 


The 2017 Racing Guide was made possible by The 600 Festival!

The 600 Festival Association

The 600 Festival Association is a nonprofit that has been commemorating the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway with spectacular, family-oriented events for more than 31 years. This year’s lineup of events includes Movies on the Campus in conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy in Kannapolis (May 6); Haulers on Union in Concord (May 19); Little 600 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville (May 24); the PNC Speed Street 5K and Kids 600 Yard Fun Run (May 28); and Circle K & Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola in uptown Charlotte (May 26-28).

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