The Dollar General 300 gets underway tonight at 8 p.m., but don't miss your chance to meet the stars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series before the big race today during an autograph session at 1 p.m. Check out that and some other fun fan activities scheduled for today through Sunday at the speedway for Bank of America 500 Week.

Nationwide Series Stars Autograph Session at 1 p.m.
Fans will get their chance to meet tomorrow’s stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Friday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Autograph Session. Drivers will be located on pit road to the right of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage and fans with a Dollar General 300 or Bank of America 500 ticket should enter through Gate 1 for the autograph session. The session is limited to the first 500 fans. Confirmed drivers include Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Trevor Bayne, Colin Braun, Brad Coleman, Marc Davis, Brendan Gaughan, Jason Leffler, Carl Long, Robert Richardson Jr., Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Truex, Kenny Wallace and Steven Wallace.

Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk at 10 a.m.
Fans will have the opportunity to see Charlotte Motor Speedway like never before on Saturday at 10 a.m. before the Bank of America 500 during Speedway Children's Charities annual Track Walk. Donations for participating in the Track Walk can be made online for $25 in advance or $35 at Charlotte Motor Speedway during race week, Oct. 13-16. Online registration is available at

“PRN Up To SPEED” at 4 p.m.
"PRN Up To SPEED," the popular free fan Q-and-A session with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, will take place at the SPEED stage, located at the speedway’s main entrance, from 4 to 4:30 p.m., prior to the Bank of America 500 on Saturday. Several NASCAR stars are expected to join personalities from the Performance Racing Network for the session.

Ticket Renewal Breakfast with Larry MacReynolds and Kenny Wallace at 9 a.m.
Free Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride with $500 Renewal
The morning after the Bank of America 500, fans are welcome to stop by the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office for breakfast and have the chance to renew their 2011 tickets or upgrade or renew their Victory Lane Club membership. The coffee and donut breakfast starts at 9 a.m. and SPEED personalities Larry MacReynolds and Kenny Wallace will be on hand to meet and greet fans at 10 a.m. Fans who renew $500 in tickets, camping and/or pit passes on Sunday will receive a three-lap ride along from the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Ride-Alongs from Richard Petty Driving Experience at Noon
Fans in town for Bank of America 500 Race Week who want to experience Charlotte Motor Speedway up close can participate in a ride-along with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Each ride-along participant will receive three laps in a NASCAR Sprint Cup-style stock car at speeds approaching 160 mph. The cars will be driven by professional Richard Petty Driving Experience instructors. Ride-alongs take place Sunday, Oct. 17 from noon to 6 p.m. The ride-alongs are open to the public and are $149. To make a reservation, call 1-800-BE-PETTY.