More than 400,000 race fans from all 50 states and several foreign countries will converge on Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and Coca-Cola 600 activities May 19 through May 29.

The deluge of race fans for NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and Coca-Cola 600 race weeks will have an estimated economic impact of $225 to $250 million on the Charlotte region according to a UNC-Charlotte study, but just where do these race fans come from?

Based on ticket sales statistics, race fans are traveling to Charlotte Motor Speedway from every state including Alaska and Hawaii, along with foreign countries such as Germany, Australia, Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Race fans in the United States travel an average of 255 miles to attend the events.

Nearly 70 percent of the tickets sold for the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 have been purchased by out-of-state residents. The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday night, May 21, will have more of a Tar Heel influence with North Carolinians purchasing approximately 52 percent of the tickets.

If recent ticket-buying trends continue, the percentage of tickets purchased by North Carolinians will rise approximately one to three percent in the next two weeks as in-state residents tend to make up the majority of race week ticket purchasers.

The top-10 states for combined ticket sales to the May 21 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 29 Coca-Cola 600:
1. North Carolina
2. South Carolina
3. Virginia
4. Ohio
5. Pennsylvania
6. West Virginia
7. Georgia
8. Kentucky
9. New York
10. Tennessee.

The top-10 states for ticket sales to the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge:
1. North Carolina
2. South Carolina
3. Virginia
4. Ohio
5. Georgia
6. West Virginia
7. Pennsylvania
8. Tennessee
9. Florida
10. New York.

The top-10 states for ticket sales to the Coca-Cola 600:
1. North Carolina
2. Virginia
3. Ohio
4. Pennsylvania
5. South Carolina
6. West Virginia
7. Georgia
8. Kentucky
9. New York
10. Maryland.