2013 Charlotte Motor Speedway Schedule Boasts More Entertainment Than Ever Before

Charlotte, NC Jan. 7, 2013 – Fans can expect more entertainment than ever before at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2013 with an unprecedented lineup of events to enjoy with family and friends. The legendary complex, which also encompasses zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte, has a jam-packed schedule filled with NASCAR, NHRA and World of Outlaws national events, gigantic car shows, concerts, a 5K charity run, miles of Christmas lights and more.

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In 2013, Charlotte Motor Speedway will once again host the biggest back-to-back weekends in racing with a 10-day festival of speed spanning from May 17 to May 26. The May motorsports megafest is highlighted by the 29th NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 18 and the ultimate iron-man race, the 54th running of the Coca-Cola 600, on May 26. In the fall, the stars of NASCAR will return for a homecoming as Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Bank of America 500, on Oct. 12.

Car enthusiasts can rejoice with the return of the spring Food Lion AutoFair, April 4-7, to its traditional first weekend in April, plus the fall Food Lion AutoFair, Sept. 19-22, as well as the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals, Oct. 25-27. Grassroots racing will also return in 2013 as the Summer Shootout Series celebrates its 20th year with 10 nights of Legend Car and Bandolero competition.

zMAX Dragway’s schedule is anchored by two major NHRA events. The greatest spectacle in drag racing, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, returns April 19-21 to the Bellagio of drag strips. All four professional categories will race four-wide all weekend long on the only four-lane, all-concrete drag strip in the world. Traditional two-wide drag racing hits zMAX Dragway Sept. 13-15, as the NHRA Nationals kick-off the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.

New to the dragway this year is an X-DRL Drag Racing Series event on Oct. 25-26. The eighth-mile drag racing series features nine professional categories of the fastest door cars on the planet as they battle in the series’ finale. Area drag racing enthusiasts can also have some fun in March with an open Test and Tune on the 2nd, followed by the new King of the Track Championship weekend March 8 and 9.

The Dirt Track at Charlotte will once again be the home of the biggest weekend in dirt racing, the PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals, Nov. 7-9. Back for the seventh consecutive year, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series and the Big-Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series will come together for a three-day, season-ending event, culminating in the crowning of new series champions.

In addition, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make a stop at The Dirt Track on May 24 for the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown, and a family-favorite, the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash, will return Aug. 10.

There is something for everyone on the schedule, including music-lovers, fitness-enthusiasts and families. Returning for the third consecutive year is the Faith, Family and Freedom Concert on June 22 at zMAX Dragway. New to the schedule is popular hard rock and heavy metal music festival Carolina Rebellion. The two-day event will be held May 4-5 at Rock City Campgrounds and feature more than a dozen bands.

During the holiday season, Speedway Christmas, one of the largest holiday drive-thru light shows in the country, returns for the fourth year, offering more than 3.5 miles of lights and 800 displays. On Dec. 7, there will also be a chance to give back and have fun with the third annual Speed for Children in Need 5K, which also includes a track walk and a Kid’s Dash.

*The 2013 Charlotte Motor Speedway schedule follows.*

March   2 Spring   Meltdown Open Test and Tune zMAX Dragway
March     8-9 King   of the Track – Champion’s Weekend zMAX Dragway
March     30 Spring   Meltdown Open Test and Tune zMAX Dragway
April   4-7 Food Lion   AutoFair Charlotte Motor Speedway
April   19-21 NHRA   Four-Wide Nationals zMAX Dragway
May   4-5 Carolina Rebellion Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 17 North Carolina   Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 18 NASCAR Sprint   All–Star Race Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 23 Liftmaster   Pole Night Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 24 May Showdown The Dirt Track at Charlotte
May 25 History 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 26 Coca-Cola     600 Charlotte Motor Speedway
June   10 – Aug. 6 Summer Shootout   Series (Race Nights TBD) Charlotte Motor Speedway
June   7-9 Hot Rod   Magazine Power Tour zMAX Dragway
June   22 Faith, Family   and Freedom Concert zMAX Dragway
July-Aug. Friday Open   Test & Tunes (Dates TBD) zMAX Dragway
August   10 Circle K   Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Aug.   25 Import Alliance zMAX Dragway
September   11 Laps for   Life Blood Drive Charlotte Motor Speedway
September   13- 15 NHRA Nationals zMAX Dragway
September   19- 22 Food Lion   AutoFair Charlotte Motor Speedway
October   4-6 Charlotte Super   Diesel Show zMAX Dragway
October   9 NASCAR Night zMAX Dragway
October   10 Bojangles’ Pole   Night Charlotte Motor Speedway
  UNOH Southern   Slam 15 Charlotte Motor Speedway
October   11 Dollar General   300 Charlotte Motor Speedway
October   12 Bank of   America 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway
October   25-27 Goodguys Southeastern   Nationals Charlotte Motor Speedway
October   25-26 X-DRL   World Championship zMAX Dragway
November   7-9 PEAK   Motor Oil  World of Outlaws World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Nov.   25 – Dec. 30 Speedway Christmas Charlotte Motor Speedway
November   29 Souvenir Blowout Charlotte Motor Speedway
December   7 Speed for   Children in Need 5K Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

*Schedule Subject to Change

For a detailed listing of events and  information on affordable ticket pricing, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the speedway’s ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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