County fair favorites with a twist, including deep fried butter, will make their motorsports debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway during NASCAR Sprint All-Star Week and Coca-Cola 600 Week this May.

According to Chef James Pierson with Levy Restaurants, speed - and a little mixing - are the keys to making great deep-fried butter.

"You can't just throw butter into a fryer or it will melt," said Pierson. "We blend the butter with cream cheese and freeze it solid. Then we coat it in waffle batter and give it a quick fry. It's served with a raspberry 'catsup' sauce."

Fried butter will be joined by two other deep-fried treats at the speedway during May race weeks: deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and deep fried grilled cheese. Both sandwiches are also coated in a waffle batter and fried. The PB&J comes with the raspberry "catsup" sauce, and the grilled cheese is served with a cold tomato soup for dunking.

"County fairs are famous for delicious, unusual foods that aren't a part of a normal diet," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It seems that everything tastes better when it's fried, frozen or smothered, and we know fans will love the new foods when they come to the races."

Race fans attending the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 21, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22, the TECH-NET Auto Service 300 Powered by CARQUEST Auto Parts on May 29 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30 should leave their diets at the gate. Each of these unique deep-fried treats will be served for only $5 to $6 per indulgence.

Tickets for all May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. Individual tickets start at just $49 for the Coca-Cola 600 and at $39 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.

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