While not quite approaching 330 mph like an NHRA Top Fuel dragster, construction of The Dragway @ Charlotte Motor Speedway is progressing at a high rate of speed.

Exactly one month after ground was officially broken for the state-of-the-art facility, grandstands are going up, construction of the starting-line tower is underway and the path for the quarter-mile of concrete and asphalt is being carved from the Carolina dirt.

The Dragway @ Charlotte Motor Speedway will be completed for the Sept. 11-14 NHRA Carolinas Nationals, the opening round of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' six-race Countdown to the Championship.

Construction Fast Facts:

- Nearly 70 percent of the concrete pilings for the primary grandstand have been poured. The main grandstand is on the driver's left side of the drag strip.

-  A portion of the steel structure for the primary grandstand has been installed. The lower two-thirds of this steel-and-aluminum grandstand was originally along the backstretch of North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, N.C.

- Grading on the starting-line end of the drag strip has been completed and crews are steadily working toward the far end.

- Three large temporary concrete pads that crews will use in constructing the walls for the starting-line tower are in place and additional footings are being prepared.

- Excavation is underway on the first of two pedestrian tunnels that will allow spectators to move from the professional pit area to the sportsman pit area.

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Tickets for the inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.