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.

Coca-Cola 600 - Charlote Motor Speedway

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   2Spring   Meltdown Open Test and TunezMAX Dragway
March     8-9King   of the Track – Champion’s WeekendzMAX Dragway
March     30Spring   Meltdown Open Test and TunezMAX Dragway
April   4-7Food Lion   AutoFairCharlotte Motor Speedway
April   19-21NHRA   Four-Wide NationalszMAX Dragway
May   4-5Carolina RebellionCharlotte Motor Speedway
May 17North Carolina   Education Lottery 200Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 18NASCAR Sprint   All–Star RaceCharlotte Motor Speedway
May 23Liftmaster   Pole NightCharlotte Motor Speedway
May 24May ShowdownThe Dirt Track at Charlotte
May 25History 300Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 26Coca-Cola     600Charlotte Motor Speedway
June   10 – Aug. 6Summer Shootout   Series (Race Nights TBD)Charlotte Motor Speedway
June   7-9Hot Rod   Magazine Power TourzMAX Dragway
June   22Faith, Family   and Freedom ConcertzMAX Dragway
July-Aug.Friday Open   Test & Tunes (Dates TBD)zMAX Dragway
August   10Circle K   Back-to-School Monster Truck BashThe Dirt Track at Charlotte
Aug.   25Import AlliancezMAX Dragway
September   11Laps for   Life Blood DriveCharlotte Motor Speedway
September   13- 15NHRA NationalszMAX Dragway
September   19- 22Food Lion   AutoFairCharlotte Motor Speedway
October   4-6Charlotte Super   Diesel ShowzMAX Dragway
October   9NASCAR NightzMAX Dragway
October   10Bojangles’ Pole   NightCharlotte Motor Speedway
 UNOH Southern   Slam 15Charlotte Motor Speedway
October   11Dollar General   300Charlotte Motor Speedway
October   12Bank of   America 500Charlotte Motor Speedway
October   25-27Goodguys Southeastern   NationalsCharlotte Motor Speedway
October   25-26X-DRL   World ChampionshipzMAX Dragway
November   7-9PEAK   Motor Oil  World of Outlaws World FinalsThe Dirt Track at Charlotte
Nov.   25 – Dec. 30Speedway ChristmasCharlotte Motor Speedway
November   29Souvenir BlowoutCharlotte Motor Speedway
December   7Speed for   Children in Need 5KCharlotte 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).

For daily updates, connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.

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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