As Charlotte Motor Speedway gears up for its sixth annual Parade of Power on Wednesday, Aug. 6, some of the biggest names in NASCAR and the NHRA will be on hand to help speedway officials wave the green flag on Charlotte Motor Speedway's action-packed fall Season of Speed.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will be joined by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver of the No. 43 Smithfield Ford, Aric Almirola, and NHRA Pro Stock driver for Summit Racing, Greg Anderson, to outline all of the exciting events fans have to look forward to for the remainder of the year at the greatest place to see the race.

As part of the free fan event, an estimated 32,000 horsepower representing every form of motorsports that will be showcased this fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte will parade down Bruton Smith Boulevard from Concord Mills mall to the speedway's Avenue of Flags. A map of the complete parade route is available online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/parade_of_power. The parade begins at noon.

"At Charlotte Motor Speedway, we're all about putting fans first," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "What better way to kick off our exciting fall season than inviting some of the biggest stars of NASCAR and the NHRA along with a few thousand fans to join us for a fun, free event?"

Following the parade, drivers and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials will hold a fan forum to discuss activities surrounding the speedway's fall Season of Speed. Fans in attendance can participate in a question and answer session with the drivers and the first 100 fans to arrive at the speedway Wednesday morning will be invited to an autograph session in the speedway ticket office following the fan forum.

Children 13 and under can take a ride in a monster truck and photo opportunities will be available with the cars. The Charlotte Motor Speedway Kangaroo Express Fan Van, which includes interactive games and other activities, will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fans can also enjoy music and other entertainment during the event.

As part of the kickoff to the fall season, fans will be treated to one-day-only ticket deals and have the chance to win prizes with Charlotte Motor Speedway's spin-to-win wheel.

The Parade of Power will feature more than 32,000 horsepower, including NASCAR stock cars, a World of Outlaws late model car, a monster truck, NHRA dragsters, Pro Stock and Pro Modified cars, a Legend Car and Bandolero, speedway Toyota Camry pace cars, classic cars, exotics and more.

The complete fall Season of Speed schedule follows. All events take place at the 1.5-mile superspeedway, unless otherwise noted:

Aug. 9: Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash, The Dirt Track
Sept. 11: Laps for Life Blood Drive
Sept. 12-14: NHRA Carolina Nationals, zMAX Dragway
Sept. 18-21: Charlotte AutoFair
Oct. 9: Bojangles Pole Night, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Southern Slam 150, NASCAR Whelen Modified Series
Oct. 10: 300 Miles of Courage, NASCAR Nationwide Series
Oct. 11: Bank of America 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Oct. 24-26: Goodguys Southeastern Nationals
Nov. 6-8: World Finals, World of Outlaws, The Dirt Track
Nov. 21-Dec. 30: Speedway Christmas
Nov. 28: Souvenir & Race Ticket Blowout

For more information on any of the fall Season of Speed events, including ticket pricing, camping availability or other details, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. For the latest updates, connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.