Motors and music make 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder roar

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The 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder offer fans a monstrous display of entertainment, including the fender-banging Monster Energy All-Star Race, the historic 58th annual Coca-Cola 600 and multiple concerts at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speed Street in Uptown.

Here’s a schedule of what’s going on:

May 18

Haulers on Union in Concord -- Starting at 5 p.m., the streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 NASCAR Cup car haulers as they make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display and more.

May 19

North Carolina Education Lottery 200 – The stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series take on the high banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway under the lights in 200 miles of exciting, tailgate-flying action.

Drivers will also set the field for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race with white-knuckled, no-speed-limit qualifying that includes a mandatory four-tire pit stop. Kids 13 and under get in free.

May 20

Monster Energy All-Star Race – The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series battle under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway in an all new format that will surely set up a night to remember. The Monster Energy Open will be held on Saturday night for the last chance qualifier before the main event.

Before the race catch platinum recording artist Justin Moore's pre-race concert. After that catch the Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series. Bouts will take place between 3:30-5 p.m. at the Monster Energy display in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone.

Weekend passes start at $79. Grandstand tickets for kids 13 and under start at $10. For more information, visit charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or call 1-800-455-3267.

May 23

Little 600 – See some of NASCAR’s most popular drivers battle it out in go-karts at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville. The free event starts at 5 p.m. and features a full field of NASCAR drivers in the 15-lap main event as well as a NASCAR spotters race.

May 25

LiftMaster Pole Night – NASCAR's three-round knockout qualifying format will determine which Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will “go” and who will “go home” during LiftMaster Pole Night as the field is set for the legendary Coca-Cola 600.  

May 26

Outlaw Showdown – Dirt will fly when the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Outlaw Showdown. Drivers will compete for prize money and prestige in winged, 850-horsepower open-wheel, sprint cars on the lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval.

May 27

Hisense 4K TV 300 – NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars will battle against NASCAR Cup Series drivers in this 300-mile afternoon showdown.

May 28

Coca-Cola 600 – Pre-race festivities for NASCAR's only 600-mile race include performances from country music artists Big & Rich and classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, plus a salute to America’s Armed Forces featuring Black Hawk helicopters, military demonstrations and more.

Actor Channing Tatum will serve as Grand Marshall.

Coca-Cola 600 tickets for adults start at just $49 while kids 13 and under get in for $10.

Tickets for every 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder event are available at the gates, by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or calling 1-800-455-3267.

May 25 – 27

Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola – The Speed Street festival will rock the streets of Charlotte with live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways and interactive displays.

Festivities kick off each day at noon on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte and run until 8 p.m.

Local, regional and national headliners will take the Coca-Cola stage in Romare Bearden Park starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night. Tickets for Thursday night featuring headline DJ Jazzy Jeff cost $10.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday night featuring performances by Billy Currington and Jake Owen cost $15. All other activities are free.

For more information on Speed Street, visit 600festival.com.

New at the track in 2017

The new Turn 4 Sun Deck is set to open during the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder. Combining the renewable resources of a 960-panel elevated solar farm and the unmatched views trackside outside of Turn 4, the Sun Deck offers fans and corporate guests a wide range of entertainment options from luxury motorhome campsites to cabana packages for small groups. The 42,000-square-foot deck will include food and beverage service, restroom facilities, picnic and high-top tables and a wide concourse with room for live music acts, corn hole and other entertainment.


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