Charlotte Motor Speedway is finalizing plans for one of the most action-packed week sports fans will experience in 2013, all leading up to the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 12.

Before the green flag drops, fans can enjoy a full week of activities from a Bandolero race featuring some of the women of NASCAR and the Ultimate Fan Track Walk around the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway to a death-defying sky walk by world-famous high wire act Nik Wallenda and a prerace concert with the Goo Goo Dolls.

Below are just some of the activities fans can enjoy:


Better Half Dash Practice and Qualifying

What:             The women of NASCAR will take to the frontstretch quarter-mile oval for a final practice for the Better Half Dash. Following the practice session, drivers will go all out for qualifying to determine the starting order for Thursday's 25-lap charity showdown.

When:            Monday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Where:           Charlotte Motor Speedway frontstretch quarter-mile oval.

Details:          Practice will be open to the public. Fans can enter, for free, through Gate 5A. For more information, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.


NASCAR Night

What:             Members of the NASCAR Industry are invited to race their personal rides down the Bellagio of drag strips, zMAX Dragway, during NASCAR Night. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch and Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith are among those scheduled to race. Proceeds for the event will go to the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. 

When:            Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:           zMAX Dragway

Tickets:         A $10 contribution to Speedway Children's Charities for NASCAR teams; $5  contribution to SCC for fans to watch; kids 13 and under get in free.

Details:          Visit www.speedwaycharities.org

 

Bojangles' Pole Night & UNOH Southern Slam 150

What:             The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series compete for the top starting spot for the Bank of America 500. The Whelen Southern Modified Tour will battle it out on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval when the UNOH Southern Slam 150 returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Pole Night will also include the return of the Better Half Dash, as the ladies of NASCAR take to the frontstretch quarter-mile oval in a 25-lap charity Bandolero car race benefitting Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children's Charities.

When:            Thursday, Oct. 10. The Better Half Dash is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bojangles' Pole Night qualifying at 7:10 p.m. and the green flag for the UNOH Southern Slam 150 at 8:30 p.m. All times are approximate.

Where:           Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tickets:         Adults tickets are $12 in advance/$20 day of event; Kids 13 and under will be admitted free with an adult ticket purchase.

Details:          Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

 

Dollar General 300

What:             Drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will battle in a crucial points race at the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway during the Dollar General 300. The race will carry a pink theme, with many drivers and crew members wearing pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fans are also encouraged to show their support by wearing pink for a "Pink Out" during the race.

When:            Friday, Oct. 11

Where:           Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tickets:         Adults tickets start at just $25; Kids 13 and under will be admitted free with an adult ticket purchase.

Details:          Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

 

Ultimate Fan Track Walk

What:             Charlotte Motor Speedway will give fans the opportunity to walk around the 1.5-mile superspeedway on the day of the Bank of America 500. The Ultimate Fan Track Walk begins at 1:20 p.m. from Gate 8, with proceeds benefitting the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Several NASCAR personalities, including Josh Wise and J.J. Yeley, are scheduled to walk.     

When:            Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1:20 p.m.

Where:           Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tickets:         Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 after Oct. 10. Participants can register online at charlotte.speedwaycharities.org.

Details:          Visit www.speedwaycharities.org

 

Bank of America 500

What:             NASCAR drivers return home for the only Saturday night race in the Chase, the Bank of America 500. Even before the green flag drops, fans can enjoy tons of family fun during the Bank of America 500 prerace show, including the Fast Cars and Guitars prerace concert with the Goo Goo Dolls and Paper Tongues, presented by Bad Boy Buggies; a death-defying sky walk by world-famous tightrope walker Nik Wallenda; an illuminated flyover featuring 11 different aircraft and so much more.

When:            Saturday, Oct. 12

Where:           Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tickets:         Adults tickets start at just $49; Kids 13 and under are $10.

Details:          Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com