The Coca-Cola 600 is held in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a NASCAR’s Memorial Day event. It is considered one of the top five annual NASCAR races to attend. The race is scheduled on the same weekend as the Indianapolis 500, as NASCAR wanted to rival the opened wheeled event with its own Memorial Day event. Fans can still either go to or watch both events because of time and scheduling changes. This is a race that goes from day to evening racing, making dramatic changing track conditions a huge factor in the outcome. Get to this Memorial Day event with TicketCity- your personal ticket broker! Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Coca-Cola 600 tickets.
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The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest of all NASCAR races and has no signs of changing that format. This endurance race will test drivers and teams for the 400 laps it takes to finish this race. After many years of race time changes, daylight savings, and lights installed at Charlotte, there is now an hour in between the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500. A $20 million bonus is offered to any driver to win both races.
Kevin Harvick won last year for the second time. On the final pit stop of the race he took two tires and passed Kasey Kahne on the final lap, who did not get new tires. It would have been Kahne’s 4th win. Harvick raced all 400 laps in 4:35:49, at an average speed of 130.5 MPH.
Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Address: 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, North Carolina, 28027
Charlotte Motor Speedway considered the “home track” for most of the NASCAR drivers and teams because many are from, or live near the Charlotte, NC area. This is the longest race in NASCAR with 400 laps, done 1.5 miles at a time. The track itself is a quad oval; seating capacity is 140,000 and has grandstands that stretch almost entirely around the track. Other races held at this iconic track are the prestigious All-Stars 500 and the Bank of America 600 in October.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is also known for the other race venues located on or near the track. The first is a .04-mile oval clay dirt track used for Modifieds, World of Outlaw Sprint Cars (WoO) and Monster Trucks and is situated across the highway from Charlotte Speedway with the state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway. Inside Charlotte Speedway is a 1/5 oval track primarily used for racing Legends.
Seating at a racing event isn’t a challenge, simply because everyone wants to watch from a different vantage point. At Charlotte, seating runs almost around the track, starting with turn four going all the way around to the backstretch, with a small break between turns two and three. Because this track is 1.5 miles, the seating allows several options for multiple views. There is the Toyota Fourth Turn Terrace, with close views to turn three, four and the pit road entrance. The Chrysler, General Motors and Ford seating areas all run along the front stretch and pit road. Next to them are the Grand National Tower and Grand National Tower South, with views of cars coming out from pit road and going into turn two. Finally, there is Diamond Tower Terrace sitting along turn three with upper views almost reaching around the track. When sitting in the lower grandstands, wear earplugs, clear glasses and ladies tie your hair back, the wind from the cars comes fast.
NASCAR Race Schedule in North Carolina
Besides the Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day weekend, NASCAR has its annual All-Stars 500 race in May. There is also Drag racing, World Of Outlaws Sprint action and two other major events. Other NASCAR events are the Bank of America NASCAR Sprint Club Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Coca-Cola 600 Event Guide
Is there anything I can't bring into the Charlotte speedway?
No umbrellas, strollers, hard-sided coolers or coolers larger than 14x14x14, bags larger than a small lightweight backpack.
Can I rent scanners at Charlotte speedway?
Scanners are available to rent.
Does my child need tickets to get into Charlotte speedway?
Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket.