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.
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).