Just 56 days after ground was officially broken, The Dragway @ Lowe's Motor Speedway is rapidly taking shape in preparation for the Sept. 11-14 NHRA Carolinas Nationals.

"It's amazing to see how fast everything is coming together," said Roger Slack, Lowe's Motor Speedway's vice president of events. "With the structure of the starting-line tower in place, concrete being poured for the first pedestrian tunnel and the grandstands going together, anticipation is building for the first race."

The Dragway is being built on 125 acres of Lowe's Motor Speedway property across U.S. Highway 29 from the superspeedway, adjacent to The Dirt Track. The drag racing facility's track, pit areas and midway will cover 46.5 acres, or two-million square feet.

The most prominent feature of The Dragway is a 34,000-square-foot starting-line tower that will include 16 luxury suites and an additional 4,000 square-feet of roof access for guests. The primary grandstand is on the drivers' left, adjacent to the manufacturer's midway and pro pit area.

It will feature premium flip-down seating as well as 20-inch-wide bench seats with backs.

The Sept. 11-14 NHRA Carolinas Nationals is the opening round of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' six-race Countdown to the Championship and all four of the professional categories, including Pro Stock Motorcycle, will be in action. A full slate of sportsman racing is also on tap throughout the four-day event.

All seats at The Dragway are reserved and four-day ticket packages start at just $99 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets may also be purchased individually for each of the four days.

To purchase tickets for the inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals, call the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or visit online.