Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have designated a portion of the massive Diamond Tower Terrace grandstand for family seating, offering a smoke- and alcohol-free environment for the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event on Saturday night, Oct. 15.

This is the first time in its 46-year history that the speedway has offered an outdoor non-smoking and non-alcoholic seating option for a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event.

"Racing is a family sport and we strive to make events at Charlotte Motor Speedway entertaining, fun and affordable for the entire family," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway. "This new family seating area was designated as the result of feedback from our fans. With the large number of seats at Charlotte Motor Speedway, we are able to offer our customers a variety of options, and we are pleased to introduce a new choice regarding the environment in which families can enjoy NASCAR racing."

The Diamond Tower Terrace grandstand overlooks turn two, offering a breath-taking view of drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson as they battle door-to-door in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Tickets in the new family seating area are just $10 for children ages 12 and under while adult tickets start at $65.

Tickets in this new family seating area can only be purchased through the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. They are not available online.

Family priced seating in a non-alcoholic environment is also available for the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct. 14. The 300-mile event will feature Busch Series regulars such as Martin Truex Jr., Reed Sorensen and Clint Bowyer going head-to-head with more than a dozen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series stars.

Located in the Charlotte Observer Family Grandstand overlooking turn four, these seats are priced at $10 for children ages 12 and under and $25 for adults.

Affordability also makes Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday night, Oct. 13, an attractive option for high-speed NASCAR family entertainment.

Children under age 6 get in free while those ages 6 to 12 are admitted for just $1 as the action-packed evening features NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying for the UAW-GM Quality 500. The wild and crazy CRASHCars, a new entry-level stock car division that emphasizes entertainment and features cars with cartoon-style character themes, are also on the card. Adult tickets for Bojangles' Pole Night are $12.

Rounding out UAW-GM Quality 500 Week is the Mopar Sprint Car Nationals on Wednesday night, Oct. 12, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway. This annual event features the traditional sprint cars of the United States Auto Club, the same machines which propelled drivers such as Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne to NASCAR stardom.

Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Mopar Sprint Car Nationals for just $10 while reserved adult seats are $25.

Additional information on family friendly seating options and affordable pricing for all October events at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS.

Charlotte Motor Speedway October UAW-GM Quality 500 Week Schedule
Oct. 12 Mopar Sprint Car Nationals USAC Sprint Cars and CRASHCars at The Dirt Track
Oct. 13 Bojangles' Pole Night NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying and CRASHCars
Oct. 14 Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Cup Series
Oct. 15 UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series