Commuters Can Expect Rush-Hour Congestion During April 7-10 Food Lion AutoFair

Commuters traveling to or from work on Highway 29 or Speedway Boulevard can expect increased traffic around Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday and Friday as the track hosts Food Lion AutoFair, the nation's largest automotive extravaganza.

During your traffic reports, please advise rush-hour commuters to plan accordingly by taking alternate routes or leaving earlier on Thursday and Friday.

More than 7,000 cars and 9,000 vendors will be arriving at the speedway on Thursday and Friday for the four-day automotive extravaganza. Charlotte Motor Speedway officials recommend show attendees utilize Highways 29 and 49 to enter/exit the speedway area and to avoid Interstate 85 during morning and afternoon commutes.

With more than 100,000 people expected to attend Food Lion AutoFair, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials have announced they will suspend construction on I-85 through Cabarrus County during the four-day event.

"We greatly appreciate the North Carolina Department of Transportation taking steps to keep all four lanes of I-85 through Cabarrus County open during the Food Lion AutoFair," said Doug Stafford, executive vice president of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "With I-485 open to the south and the I-85 widening project now complete between the Highway 29/49 connector and Speedway Blvd., traffic flow to and from the Food Lion AutoFair should be smoother than ever."

Thank you for your cooperation with this public service announcement!

For information on Food Lion AutoFair, visit or contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway marketing and public relations department at 704-455-3209.