Burning rubber, header flames and nitro will fill the air this weekend, Sept. 13-15, at the Carlyle Professional Hand Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts at zMAX Dragway. It's that time of the year again when the stars of the NHRA take to the track in hopes of starting their Countdown to the Championship dreams off right! Fans are in for more than just three days of adrenaline-pumping action on the track. Other activities including a blood drive, track walk alongside their favorite drivers, a charity pancake breakfast and great renewal options to take in all the action next year.

"Laps for Life" Blood Drive and Burnout to the Playoffs

In honor of the 9/11 anniversary, fans can give blood and take a ride in a NASCAR Racing Experience stock car at the "Laps for Life" Blood Drive Wednesday, Sept. 11. Donors will also receive two tickets to Bojangles' Pole Night on Oct. 10, among other gifts. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code "Laps for Life." You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Along with the blood drive, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and NHRA Top Fuel seven-time champion Tony Schumacher will host a dual burnout and driver fan forum on pit road for those who give blood.

Night of Fire

Flames will rise as fans witness the fastest accelerating machines on the planet streak down zMAX Dragway against the night sky. Back by popular demand, qualifying sessions for the all-important kick-off race in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship will take place Friday evening. Later on-track times mean a cooler track and the possibility of record-breaking lap times. It also means fans will be in for a show when header flames reach heights close to 10 feet above the dragsters as they blast down the dragway for their qualifying laps. This Night of Fire is sure to get every fan's adrenaline pumping!

Fans From All Over to Converge at zMAX Dragway

Fast cars and exciting pyrotechnics bring people from all over to the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals. Fans from Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada and 35 different states will be at zMAX Dragway to take in all the event has to offer. Although they may be coming from different places, all eyes will be glued to the track as the NHRA drivers vie for championship points.

Speedway Children's Charities (SCC), B.R.A.K.E.S. Partner in Fundraising Breakfast

The Hot Rods and Hot Cakes breakfast, held on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Don Schumacher Hospitality Area under the Matco/Pitch Energy Tent from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., will give fans the opportunity to eat breakfast alongside the NHRA's most recognizable drivers and team owners.

Tickets for the Hot Rods and Hot Cakes breakfast are $20. All proceeds will help SCC continue to support local children in need as well as help B.R.A.K.E.S. to teach teens the importance of safe driving. To purchase your tickets call Lisa Starnes with SCC at 704-455-4426 or visit the SCC display outside zMAX Dragway this weekend at the event.

Don't Let the NHRA Fun Stop in 2013!

The only thing better than experiencing the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals at the Bellagio of drag strips is experiencing it twice. Now fans have three more reasons to renew their 2014 tickets now. Just $10 down per ticket holds this year's seat for the action when the fastest accelerating machines on the planet return to zMAX Dragway in 2014. Not only that, but if fans renew their tickets during this year's Sept. 13-15 event, they will get the choice of two free gifts. Gift options include a free hand tool, barbecue grill set or 300-watt power inverter. Don't miss any of the action by getting your tickets today on our website or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

Take a Walk Down the Dragstrip with NHRA Drivers

On Sunday, Sept. 15, fans can participate in a track walk with NHRA drivers, including Ron Capps, and their families before the elimination rounds kick-off. The walk begins at 10 a.m. and is free to all Sunday ticket holders. Fans should come early to enjoy the Jeff Taylor Band live and other festivities going on before the air is filled with nitro.

Reserved seats for the Sept. 13-15 Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts start at $25 for adults on Friday and $45 Saturday and Sunday, while children 13 and under are free all weekend. Spectator gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday with opening ceremonies scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or by visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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