Three rounds into the inaugural Summer Drag & Brag Series at zMAX Dragway and the fan response has one recurring theme—the Bellagio of drag strips offers something for every automotive enthusiast.

Fans can enjoy the cars on display in the pit area, take in a drifting exhibition hosted by Streetwise Drift or relax in the grandstands and watch the competitors race down the concrete quarter-mile. The luxury is in the price point where affordable concessions await fans that pay only $5 for admission at the gate and their kids, 12 and under, enter for free.

The drivers and their machines that descend on zMAX Dragway each Wednesday range in diversity as well. Personal street cars such as a 1966 Chevy Nova II or a 2010 Dodge Challenger and everything in between, take to the strip for good old fashioned grudge racing, while other high-performance drag racing cars use the opportunity to fine-tune their machines by making high-speed passes.

“It’s a great way to spend an evening enjoying grass roots racing with the family,” said Christian Byrd, general manager of zMAX Dragway. “It’s a laid-back atmosphere that allows fans to walk around and get up close and personal with the cars, relax while watching the drag racing on the strip or take in the drifting exhibition in the pit area.”

David Conrade travels nearly one hour from Waxhaw, N.C., on Wednesdays to race his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and won “Best in Show” during round one of Summer Drag & Brag.

“This is the only place I’ll bring my ’69 Camaro to race,” said Conrade. “First off, it’s about the only drag strip you can run the full quarter-mile, which is nice. Plus, zMAX Dragway is such a nice facility for a competitor because everything is clean and paved. You don’t have to worry about dirt or sand on any of the return roads and the pit area, and with the amount of detailing that goes into my car, I can truly appreciate the conditions there.”

Russell Pryor, from Monroe, N.C., travels nearly the same distance as Conrade to race at zMAX Dragway on Wednesdays. Pryor owns a 2003 Mercury Marauder and has competed in both PINKS All Out events at the Bellagio of drag strips. Last week he won the best reaction time award at Summer Drag & Brag with a .001 light.

“It’s an awesome facility with good food, clean restrooms, plenty of pavement and excellent track prep,” said Pryor. “There’s plenty to do with cars on display and drifting in the pits. If you get there early you can make several passes before the crowd arrives. From 6 to 8 p.m. it’s pretty full but the staff keeps it moving pretty good, so you don’t have to wait too long. I’m always looking forward to Wednesday night!”

Car-and-driver registration is only $20 per event and tickets for spectators can be purchased at the gate for just $5. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Competitors can get a $5 discount on car registration with a coupon from local participating Discount Tire stores. Those who don’t wish to race, but want to show their personal ride in the pit area during the event, can cruise-in for only $10.

Minivan Madness comes to zMAX Dragway as a part of round five of Summer Drag & Brag on Wednesday, July 7. Anyone with a minivan can register to race for only $10 and enter a bracket to determine the area’s fastest minivan. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Food Lion, while the runner-up will receive a $50 Food Lion card. For more information about Minivan Madness, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at 704-455-3205.

Gates and registration open each Wednesday at 4 p.m. with on-track action beginning at 5 p.m. For more information on the Summer Drag & Brag Series or any of the other events at zMAX Dragway, go online or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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