12 Tips For Visiting Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway sets the standard for motorsports entertainment (and has for more than 50 years!), earning the title “The Greatest Place to See the Race“. Although the Speedway hosts events all year, the biggest are the NASCAR All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600, and Bank of America ROVAL 400.
Coming to an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a unique experience because fans are always put first. Your memories made at Charlotte Motor Speedway are sure to last a lifetime.
Here are 12 tips for visiting Charlotte Motor Speedway to help you make the most of race day.
1. Download The Charlotte Motor Speedway App
Before you get to Charlotte Motor Speedway, download the app on your smart phone. It is full of information pertaining to your event (and future events!), a map of the Speedway, driver appearances, and option to purchase tickets should you need to. The Charlotte Motor Speedway app is the best way to stay up to date for all of the weekend’s happenings.
Tip: For a more personalized experience, create an account within the app.
2.Buy A Parking Pass
You can find parking pretty much everywhere starting from the Charlotte Motor Speedway interstate exit. However, it is quite a long walk. Save yourself some steps and buy a parking pass. You will be much closer to the Speedway and able to access your car should you need to.
The best thing about buying a parking pass–you can take a shuttle to the Speedway.
3. Take A Speedway Tour
Get a behind the scenes look at Charlotte Motor Speedway by taking a tour. Learn the history of Charlotte Motor Speedway, pass by the garage areas, see Pit Road, and take a photo in the Winner’s Circle. This is one of my favorite tips for visiting Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tours last approximately 45-minutes and can be booked online.
4. Pack A Jacket
The temperature at the start of your day will not be the same as it is as the end of the day. It is likely to be very warm in the afternoon and cool down significantly by race time. Plan ahead by packing a jacket. This one is perfect!
5. Eat At The Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway has some really good eats. No matter what you’re craving, you can probably find it here: BBQ, Burgers, Sandwiches, Chicken, Turkey Legs, French Fries (several different ways), Candied-Bacon Lollipops, Burritos, Hot Dogs, Pizza, and more. Wash your food down with a cold bottle of water, your favorite Coca-Cola product, margarita, beer, cocktail of your choice, or the Speedway’s own craft beer, the 600 Ale.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is also home to Dale Earnhardt Junior’s restaurant, Whiskey River. While enjoying beer and wings, you can listen to the DJ playing classic rock’n roll songs and ride a mechanical bull. How cool is that?
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6. Take Advantage Of Weekend Activities
If you’ve been to a NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway before, you know the race is only half of the fun. Don’t miss out on tailgating, seeing the pre-race concert, events at the Z Max Dragway, and the Fan Zone’s many activities. Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway is like no where else!
7. Pack A Cooler
Charlotte Motor Speedway allows you to bring a cooler in–isn’t that awesome? Pack sandwiches, snacks, and most importantly, water in your cooler. They may be brought into the Speedway until one hour after the start of the race and will be searched.
Note: Coolers may not exceed 14 x 14 x 14 inches in size or contain glass.
8. Arrive Early
I recommend going into Charlotte Motor Speedway a bit before the race. You will have time to wander around and check out the concessions, find your seats, go to the restroom before a line forms, and see the pre-race show (which I highly recommend).
9. Bring Ear Plugs
It should come as no surprise that you will need ear plugs when seeing a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Although you can buy a cheap pair on property when you arrive, I like these safety ear muffs because they’re more comfortable.
10. Purchase A Pit Pass
The best seats in the house aren’t seats at all–they’re standing on Pit Road. Get in on the action by purchasing a Pit Pass. Take part in the pre-race party, see your favorite drivers and their cars up close, and see what all goes into a race. This is one of our favorite tips for visiting Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Note: My husband and I watched the 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race from Pit Road and it was an incredible experience–much different from sitting in the stands. We got to see all of the drivers up close, their pit areas, and cars before the race. When the race was finished, we saw Kevin Harvick accept his trophy in the Winner’s Circle. I highly recommend purchasing a Pit Pass if you have the opportunity to.
11. Bring A Mobile Charger
Between checking the Charlotte Motor Speedway App, taking pictures and videos, playing music at your tailgate, and texting your friends back at home to let them know what they’re missing, your phone battery will die quickly. Pack a mobile charger so your phone will last all day–or at least through the race!
12. Take A Race Shop Tour
Visit some of NASCAR’s biggest race shops while you are in town. During your tour, see where your favorite driver prepares for race day and learn the history of each organization.
Race Shop Tour stops include Hendrick Motorsports, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, and Gnassi Racing.
Note: During the 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race, my husband and I took a Race Shop Tour. We are not huge NASCAR fans but we thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked checking out all of the facilities, looking at the trophies, and experiencing the “behind the scenes” parts of NASCAR. My favorite part of the tour was getting to see Jeff Gordon’s Rainbow Warrior car at Hendrick Motorsports.
Racing At Charlotte Motor Speedway
As you can see, Charlotte Motor Speedway has a lot to offer. Hopefully, these 12 tips for visiting Charlotte Motor Speedway help you make the most of time. From unique fan experiences to great food and activities for the whole family, come see why Charlotte Motor Speedway is “The Greatest Place To See The Race”!
For even more fan tips for visiting Charlotte Motor Speedway, check out this video.
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
I was provided tickets to attend the 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race.
All opinions are 100% unbiased and my own.