In preparation for Bank of America 500 Week, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials are making sure race fans and area residents are fully equipped to handle race day traffic by providing safe and efficient travel routes and information.

With help from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Charlotte Motor Speedway is working to ease travel for fans heading to and from the races. Here are tips from Charlotte Motor Speedway and NCDOT:

Best Routes

Interstate 85 to Exit 49, Bruton Smith Boulevard, is the heaviest-traveled route to Charlotte Motor Speedway during the event weekend. The two suggested roads from which to enter the speedway are North Carolina Highway 29 and North Carolina Highway 49. These two roads can be easily accessed by taking Interstate 485.

Best Travel Times on Race Days

  • It is best to arrive at Charlotte Motor Speedway before 5 p.m. for the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage on Friday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 13, for Bojangles’ Pole Night, to avoid commuter traffic.
  • The Bank of America 500 on Oct. 15 is a Saturday evening race, but fans are encouraged to arrive earlier to avoid Concord Mills Mall congestion. Parking is free and lots open at 7:00 a.m.

Post-Race Traffic Patterns for the Bank of America 500

NCDOT will utilize counter flow patterns after the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage on Oct. 14 and Bank of America 500 on Oct. 15, meaning that all lanes of traffic will flow outward from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • Traffic exiting from Entrance P onto Morehead Road will counter flow with three eastbound lanes being utilized until Highway 49 in Harrisburg, N.C.
  • Those exiting from Entrance O onto Morehead Road will counter flow four lanes westbound out until Highway 29. All lanes will be directed to turn left towards Charlotte.
  • Bruton Smith Boulevard will counter flow using three lanes from Entrance Y until Interstate 85.
  • Highway 29 will counter flow using three lanes until Pitt School Road in Concord.
  • West Morehead Road/Mallard Creek Church Road will counter flow until Salem Church Road.

During each race, NCDOT uses nearly 3,500 cones and barrels. There are around 40 static flip signs that are used to inform the traveling public about any changes to the original traffic patterns. All of these are utilized to make traffic as efficient as possible, so that race fans and area residents may have the best experience possible when dealing with race day traffic.

For constant traffic updates, call 511 or follow CMSTraffic, NCDOT or Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter. Fans can also sign up for Charlotte Motor Speedway traffic alerts by texting CMS to 69050.

Tickets for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). It’s a great time to take the whole family to the races, with Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new smoke-and-alcohol-free Family Seating Sections, where kids’ tickets start at just $10 for the Bank of America 500 and just $1 for Bojangles’ Pole Night and the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage.

For daily updates on October race activities, connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.