In just two days, the fastest accelerating machines on the planet will come alive at zMAX Dragway with the opening event of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. One fan who is looking forward to all of the action in the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals is James Dalton, of Walnut Cove, N.C.

Dalton, who has stayed in an RV for the past three years when visiting zMAX Dragway for both the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals and the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, believes that his house on wheels has several advantages over staying in a hotel.

“It’s convenient,” said Dalton. “It’s on site and located where the action is. There aren’t any traffic or parking problems. The RV is fully furnished to cook, bathe and just relax.”

Dalton says he has developed friendships with fans from around the country during his stays at the dragway.

zMAX Dragway is about 90 miles from Dalton’s home, and that close proximity is a plus.

“I keep coming here because of a love of drag racing,” said Dalton. “Plus, zMAX Dragway is close to home for me.”

Fans who are looking for the convenience of staying at zMAX Dragway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals but don’t want to spend the night in a hotel can utilize the speedway’s RV rental opportunity.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway RV rental program provides fans with a 33-foot single slide travel trailer equipped with a queen bed, bunk beds, refrigerator/freezer, flat screen TV and plenty of storage space. Water, electrical and sewer hookups as well as a picnic table are provided.

In addition to the RV rental program, fans can bring their own RV or tent to the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. For more information about camping at zMAX Dragway, visit

Tickets start at $20 on Friday and $40 for Saturday and Sunday. Children 13 and under are admitted for free every day of the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Sportsman action starts at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Nitro qualifying sessions are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, final eliminations are scheduled to begin with nitro at noon.

Tickets and camping are still available for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Sept. 14-16 at zMAX Dragway, by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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