Charlotte Motor Speedway is solidifying its nickname as “The Greatest Place To See The Race” in 2012 with 112 full-throttle days and nights of entertainment for the whole family. Featuring a mix of brand new events and traditional fan favorites, this year promises to be the biggest yet. 


The 2012 schedule includes NASCAR, NHRA and World of Outlaws events, along with the return of both the spring and fall Food Lion AutoFairs, and features events at three state-of-the-art venues - Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

New to the event calendar will be a Labor Day family festival to kick off the Democratic National Convention week in Charlotte. Designed to welcome Carolinians, tourists, media and delegates to the host city, the Sept. 3 event will be a free, non-partisan community celebration of the South held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The family festival is open to the public and will feature live entertainment, activities and exhibitions that showcase Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

Also new for 2012 is the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration on March 31, which will honor those who served in the Vietnam War. With support from the USO of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the event will include live music, military salutes, displays and demonstrations.

zMAX Dragway officials are introducing new events at the Bellagio of drag strips including Mayhem @ the MAX, which consists of bracket racing for amateur racers, junior dragsters and street cars. Held over six Saturdays from April to August, racers are awarded points each week and will compete for the championship in their respective categories. 

One of the grandest traditions in all of motorsports, the Coca-Cola 600, will be back for its 53rd running on May 27. Fans will also see the return of big events such as the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Bank of America 500, Goodguys Southeastern Nationals, the Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals and more. The Summer Shootout Series, a summertime family favorite, will also return every Tuesday night June 12 – Aug. 14.

To get fans ready for the new season, the speedway is offering incredible values through the Charlotte Motor Speedway Season Ticket and NHRA season ticket packages.

NASCAR fans that purchase tickets to all three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events get special savings and discounts with the Charlotte Motor Speedway Season Ticket. The package includes the added benefits of one NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Pit Pass (per account), one ticket to the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race (per qualifying season ticket), six free guest passes to The Speedway Club, 10 percent off souvenirs, 10 percent off entry to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, VIP parking, a Charlotte Motor Speedway Season Ticket Holder hard card and more.

Nitro lovers who want to see racing at zMAX Dragway can buy NHRA season tickets for action on the world’s only four-lane, all-concrete dragway. The package includes six days of NHRA racing with a savings of 15 percent on tickets, VIP parking, 10 percent off souvenirs at the Charlotte Motor Speedway gift shop, a season ticket holder hard card and more.

The 2012 Charlotte Motor Speedway schedule follows.

March 3 - 24

Spring Meltdown Open Test & Tune (Saturdays)

zMAX Dragway

March 31

Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration

Charlotte Motor Speedway

April 13 - 15

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

zMAX Dragway

April 19 - 22

Food Lion AutoFair 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

April 27 - Aug. 24

Drag & Brag Series (Select Fridays)

zMAX Dragway

April 28 - Aug. 18

Mayhem @ the MAX (Select Saturdays)

zMAX Dragway

May 18

North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 19

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 24

LiftMaster Pole Night 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 25

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Showdown

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

May 26

History 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 27

Coca-Cola 600

Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 12 – Aug. 14 

Summer Shootout Series (Tuesdays) 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 23

Faith, Family and Freedom Concert

zMAX Dragway

July 2-3

Legends Big Money 100

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Aug. 3 - 4 

ADRL Dragstock

zMAX Dragway

Aug. 11

Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Sept. 3 

Labor Day Family Festival – DNC Week Kickoff 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sept. 8

Laps for Life Blood Drive

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sept. 8

O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals

zMAX Dragway

Sept. 20 - 23

Food Lion AutoFair 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 5 – 7 

Charlotte Diesel Super Show

zMAX Dragway

Oct. 10 

World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Oct. 11

Bojangles’ Pole Night

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 11

UNOH Southern Slam 150

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 12

Dollar General 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 13

Bank of America 500

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 26 - 28

Goodguys Southeastern Nationals

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Nov. 1 - 3

Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Nov. 20 - Dec. 30

Carolina Christmas (excluding Christmas Day)

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Nov. 23

Race Ticket & Souvenir Blowout

Charlotte Motor Speedway

March 3 - 24

Spring Meltdown Open Test & Tune (Saturdays)

zMAX Dragway

March 31

Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration

Charlotte Motor Speedway

April 13 - 15

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

zMAX Dragway

April 19 - 22

Food Lion AutoFair 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

April 27 - Aug. 24

Drag & Brag Series (Select Fridays)

zMAX Dragway

April 28 - Aug. 18

Mayhem @ the MAX (Select Saturdays)

zMAX Dragway

May 18

North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 19

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 24

LiftMaster Pole Night 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 25

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Showdown

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

May 26

History 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 27

Coca-Cola 600

Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 12 – Aug. 14 

Summer Shootout Series (Tuesdays) 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 23

Faith, Family and Freedom Concert

zMAX Dragway

July 2-3

Legends Big Money 100

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Aug. 3 - 4 

ADRL Dragstock

zMAX Dragway

Aug. 11

Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Sept. 3 

Labor Day Family Festival – DNC Week Kickoff 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sept. 8

Laps for Life Blood Drive

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sept. 8

O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals

zMAX Dragway

Sept. 20 - 23

Food Lion AutoFair 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 5 – 7 

Charlotte Diesel Super Show

zMAX Dragway

Oct. 10 

World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Oct. 11

Bojangles’ Pole Night

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 11

UNOH Southern Slam 150

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 12

Dollar General 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 13

Bank of America 500

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct. 26 - 28

Goodguys Southeastern Nationals

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Nov. 1 - 3

Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals

The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Nov. 20 - Dec. 30

Carolina Christmas (excluding Christmas Day)

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Nov. 23

Race Ticket & Souvenir Blowout

Charlotte Motor Speedway

*Schedule Subject to Change

For a detailed listing of events and for more information on tickets and pricing, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the speedway’s ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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