|An Image of Cars race through Turn 1 during a rare Sunday Bank of America 500/Drive for the Cure 300 doubleheader at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS/HHP photo)|
1. Why is it a great time for Charlotte Motor Speedway to run a daytime race which we haven’t seen in over a decade?
Our last two Bank of America 500 races have actually been run on Sunday afternoon due to weather postponements. At those events we saw great on-track action. We heard a lot of feedback from drivers and fans alike that the show was better when the track was a little more slippery in the early October sun, and that helped us make the decision to move the race back to its traditional Sunday afternoon timeslot.
Saturday night, anyone with a Bank of America 500 race ticket will get free entry into a Brad Paisley concert at zMAX Dragway that’s part of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s #Appreci88ion tour to thank the fans for their support over the years.
Sunday (and all weekend long), fans can enjoy pre-race fun in the 10-acre Fan Zone right outside the speedway, taking in the interactive games and displays, vendor booths, souvenir haulers and a huge Monster Energy footprint with motocross stunts, Monster girls and more.
We’ll also see the return of Trackside Live, a “College Game Day”-like stage in the infield with live music, driver appearances and other fan fun. Our hope is that fans come to the speedway early and realize the full value of a race ticket even before the green flag falls on the race itself.
We’ve always hosted major concerts as part of race day, and with the schedule change this year, a Saturday night show is seemed like the perfect way to continue that tradition and add to the fun-filled weekend that is in store for fans.
We’ve got a special $29 ticket for college students that includes a dedicated tailgate zone and a general admission ticket to the Turn 4 Sun Deck. Kids get in FREE with a paying adult on Friday and Saturday and for just $10 on Sunday.
We get lots of feedback from fans, both on-site during the event and post-event via email. Most of what we heard this weekend was very positive – great cars, great weather, great family fun. We’re always looking for ways to improve each and every one of our events to help our visitors create lasting memories, and hearing from our fans what works and what doesn’t is always appreciated as we strive to be better.
Similarly, fans have been asking to mix things up in terms of track in the playoffs for several years. Moving to the Roval in 2018 gives fans a new twist as Charlotte Motor Speedway continues to innovate and find new ways to bring excitement to the sport.
The XFINITY Series race has always provided a high level of competition and excitement as well, with up-and-coming drivers looking to make a name for themselves at NASCAR’s home track.