It’s a great week to be alive and to be a RaceChaser. It’s the perfect week to be a RaceChaser who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
When racin’ folk think of Charlotte, most think of NASCAR and that’s as it should be. After all, Charlotte is the roots of stock car racing’s guiding light. As a journalist, driver coach and marketing/PR specialist in the sport I feel blessed to call this area home and I thank God for it every day.
There’s one week during the year where the term “fever pitch” applies more than any other. That week is upon us. As I write this blog NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series teams are getting ready for their Friday morning practice on a gorgeous day here in the Queen City. Later on it’s qualifying, Sprint Cup Practice and then the NC Education Lottery 200 for the Trucks tonight.
That would be enough excitement for one weekend in most places. Not here. Tomorrow when we wake up we go back to thinking of “Trucks” as the vehicles we use to get to the track for the Sprint All-Star Race. The penultimate “have at it boys” event for the top stars in the sport won’t drop the green until after 8pm e.s.t. but there’s so much going on during the day that it’s well worth getting to the track early just to soak in all of the pre-race festivities.
You know what I really like about this week, though? I like the fact that everyone racing at all levels in the area gets to participate in “fever pitch”.
Carolina Speedway, one of the premier dirt tracks of the south and one with a ton of history, drops the hammer on a family-friendly night of racing tonight at 8pm about 20 minutes outside Charlotte in a little town called Gastonia. www.CarolinaSpeedway.net is their website if you’d like to check it out. It’s a fun night and the show runs along quite well!
Next Wednesday (May 22nd) Millbridge Speedway (located in Salisbury, just outside Charlotte) joins the “Fever Pitch” with an Outlaw Sprint Kart race that will include World of Outlaw racers Paul McMahan and Joey Saldana and Texas future star Kade Taylor plus about 20 of the East Coast’s toughest racers driving the wheels off down-scaled “Sprint Karts” in a battle for braggin’ rights that will be worthy of any race fan’s time and attention. Type in Millbridge Speedway on Facebook for details!
Festivals are a-plenty this week, too. Mooresville, N.C. (25 minutes North of Charlotte) is where many of the race teams’ shops are located and they have a “Race City Festival” on main street with cars, race cars, bands and all kinds of fun tomorrow (Saturday) from 9-5. Over 15,000 people turn out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the day.
Speed Street takes place this week also in Uptown Charlotte. Drivers appear to sign autographs, bands and vendors keep race fans entertained for days and “fever pitch” is reached as we count down the days, hours and minutes to next Sunday night’s Coca Cola 600.
Of course the NASCAR Hall of Fame provides the ultimate day of basking in the roots of NASCAR Racing and has activities the whole family can get involved in and enjoy.
Gotta go. It’s time for Truck Series practice! I’ll be RaceChasin’ all week. See you around!