Tips for Attending a Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Attending the Bank of America 500 is any NASCAR super fan's dream. Held every year at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, this speedway is the only one in the country to boast a four-lane drag strip that is made up entirely of concrete. Here are five tips on making the most of your time at the track.

1. Scoop Up Some Souvenirs

There is nothing like picking up NASCAR memorabilia to remember this big day for years to come. Make sure to stop by the Fan Zone that has plenty of items and also boasts interactive displays and games. It's located outside of Turn 1, near the speedway's main entrance.

2. Fuel Up on Food

The usual hot dogs and hamburgers are widely available, but for a fine dining experience, The Speedway Club is where it is at. A yearly membership is required for entrance, which includes a dining area that overlooks the superspeedway and a lavish race day buffet reserved for only club members up to one week before the race. Corporate, small business and personal memberships are available.

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3. Scoring the Best Seats

The best seats are actually not up close and personal to the racetrack as some may think, but about 20 seats up where you will have an aerial view of all the action. Make sure to bring a cushion for extra support on the hard seats.

4. Get Closer to the Action

Purchase a "Pit Pass" or a "Driver Info Pass," that will allow you to go directly down into the pit before the race. These passes work like VIP add-ons that you buy along with your entry ticket.

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5. Call the Fan Hotline with Questions

If you have any questions about the event, call the fan assistance line at (707) 454-4718 where a real person will be able to guide and assist you. From seating to what time to arrive at the speedway (the earlier the better), no question will go unanswered.

Julia is a freelance writer and native San Franciscan, born and raised. She is the founder of Small World This Is, and has written for Matador, Roads and Kingdoms, and USA Today.