Hundreds of fans gathered along Bruton Smith Boulevard and at the entrance of Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday to help the legendary facility kick off an action-packed fall season during the 5th annual Parade of Power.

With more than 32,000 horsepower on display and cars representing 16 race events scheduled through the end of the year, fans enjoyed a parade, a question-and-answer session with NASCAR, NHRA and GRC stars, free monster truck rides and more during the free event.

"We've got The Dirt Track cranking up this weekend with the monster trucks and that means it's time to start our fall Season of Speed," Marcus Smith, Charlotte Motor Speedway president and general manager, said. "Most speedways don't have the events in a full year that we have in just this fall season. It's a great opportunity for fans to enjoy all the fun Charlotte Motor Speedway has to offer."

David Ragan, driver of the No. 34 Peanut Patch Ford for Front Row Motorsports, piloted a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car in the parade.

"Charlotte Motor Speedway not only has a lot of tremendous races out here at all the different tracks they have, but they give a lot back to the community," said Ragan. "I try to come out and support them any time I can. I'm a big race fan as well, so the races that I'm not strapped into, we'll definitely be watching. We'll come out to some of The Dirt Track races and if we're off on Sunday, we'll come out to the NHRA races."

Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 6 Cargill Ford for Roush Fenway Racing;  NHRA Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert; Scott Speed, GRC driver of the WIX Filters, N.O.-XPLODE Ford for DRR-SH; Global Rallycross driver Steve Arpin; Matt and Angie Smith, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle riders; Wendy Venturini, Fox Sports 1 reporter and Better Half Dash driver; and George Brunnhoelzl, defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion; among others, also drove their racing machines in the parade.

The parade also included a monster truck, a fire truck with Santa representing Speedway Christmas, Corvettes representing the Charlotte AutoFair, a hot rod representing the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals and more.

The complete fall Season of Speed schedule follows (all events take place at the 1.5-mile superspeedway, unless otherwise noted):

Aug. 10 Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash, The Dirt Track

Sept. 11 Laps for Life Blood Drive

Sept. 13-15 NHRA Carolina Nationals, zMAX Dragway

Sept. 19-22 Charlotte AutoFair

Sept. 22 Global Rallycross, The Dirt Track

Oct. 4-6 Charlotte Super Diesel Show, zMAX Dragway

Oct. 10 Bojangles' Pole Night, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and UNOH Southern Slam 150, NASCAR Whelen Modified Southern Modified Tour

Oct. 11 Dollar General 300, NASCAR Nationwide Series

Oct. 12 Bank of America 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Oct. 25-27 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals

Oct. 25-26 XDRL, zMAX Dragway

Nov. 7-9 World Finals, World of Outlaws, The Dirt Track

Nov. 22-Dec. 30 Speedway Christmas

Nov. 29 Souvenir and Race Ticket Blowout

Dec. 7 Speed for Children in Need, benefitting SCC and The Hendrick Marrow Program

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