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If you're hungry for a taste of NASCAR culture at its finest, take the 16-mile drive northeast of downtown Charlotte to Concord, where you can catch a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keep in mind that a visit here is more of an experience — it's nomral for die-hard fans to camp near the speedway. If you want to see a race (and all the activites that go along with it), you'll need to plan your trip for May or October. It's best to snag your tickets at least a month ahead of race day; last-minute tickets are possible, but you'll have a tough time purchasing them without breaking the bank.
For a more affordable — albeit less adrenaline-fueled — visit, consider taking one of the daily tours. The Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour allows travelers to see areas that are off-limits during race days, like the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage and Victory Circle. Past visitors say this tour, which costs $10 for kids and $12 for adults, is an informative introduction for uninitiated race fans.
Although the season is limited, the Speedway does host a wide range of events throughout the year, including concerts and the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Check the Speedway's website for more details.
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