Fans from around the globe will converge on Charlotte Motor Speedway this week for an exciting week of racing, culminating Saturday with the 53rd running of the Bank of America 500.

The stands will be filled with fans from all 50 states and 13 foreign countries, coming from as far away as Sweden, New Zealand and the Bailiwick of Guernsey for the only night race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Whiskey River Comes to Charlotte Motor Speedway

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, he’s bringing the party with him. NASCAR’s favorite driver, who also owns one of Charlotte’s most popular bars, will set up Whisky River at Charlotte Motor Speedway and bring the ultimate bar scene to the track.

Set up in the Ford Grandstands near Turn 1, Whisky River at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be open to all grandstand ticket holders on Friday and Saturday, and will feature a DJ, a mouth-watering menu and the ever-popular mechanical bull.

“This is a great opportunity for Whisky River to partner with Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Whisky River General Manager Eric Flanigan. “We are excited to bring the Whisky experience to the fans.”

Speedway Children’s Charities Offers Ride of a Lifetime, Chance to Wave Green Flag

Speedway Children’s Charities will provide lucky race fans with the opportunity to ride in the parade lap prior to the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 13 through an online auction. The fans with the winning bid will take a parade lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and help support children in the Charlotte region.

Now through Wednesday, Oct. 10, fans can visit to bid on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. All auction winners will receive a VIP tour of the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield and a guided tour through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. Each winning bidder is allowed to bring one guest.

Fans who want to feel the thrill of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing from the flag stand can do so on Bojangles’ Pole Night with a $100 donation to Speedway Chidlren’s Charities. With the donation, fans will wave the green flag for one driver as he begins his qualifying run. Contact Lisa Starnes at 704-455-4426 to reserve a spot in the flag stand.

Fans Encouraged to Join ‘Pink Out’

As NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers roll off of pit road for the start of Friday’s Dollar General 300, many will be sporting pink paint schemes in an effort to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer.

Danica Patrick, Elliott Sadler, James Buescher, Brad Sweet and others will carry pink paint schemes as part of a month-long initiative during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Fans will also see a lot more pink in other areas of the track, including a pink start/finish line, pit crew members in pink firesuits and helmets and even a pink trophy to the Dollar General 300 winner.

In 2012, 225,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease, and one in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.

In an effort to further raise awareness, fans are encouraged to wear pink as part of a “Pink Out” at the track, which will also boast a pink start/finish line and nearly 300 breast cancer survivors participating in pre-race festivities.

Renew Tickets and Get a Free Power Tool, Great Savings

This week only, fans can renew their race tickets and save, plus take home a free power tool.

Fans who renew their race tickets for 2013 can lock in 2012 pricing and set up an interest-free payment plan. For renewing this week, they will also have the opportunity to choose a free gift from a selection of Worx or Rockwell power tools (minimum $100 value), while supplies last.

To take advantage of this limited-time offer, fans need to visit the main ticket office (on the second floor of Smith Tower) between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily through Saturday. Additional renewal booths will be open at gates 2, 3, 4 and 7 Thursday through Saturday and also at Gate 15 (Saturday only).

Fans can reserve two frontstretch tickets, with the best views of the world’s largest HDTV and pit road, for just $99 by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway Ticket Office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visiting

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