Special U.S. Flag, Love in the Air, "Fast Talk" From The Speedway Club Part of May Race Festivities
Milestones will be celebrated, a special flag will fly over the track and NASCAR celebrities will be in The Speedway Club as Charlotte Motor Speedway gears up for a thrilling month of racing in May, headlined by the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 21 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29.
Speedway Flag Flies in Afghanistan, Will Be Over Track During May Race Weeks
A very special U.S. flag will fly over Charlotte Motor Speedway during May race weeks. The flag is on its way back from Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan, a military base and air field for the U.S. Marine Corps. The flag was flown at the base in honor of the CMS Pit Crew, a group of Charlotte Motor Speedway employees who engage in community outreach projects to “help people get back on track.” The CMS Pit Crew is currently supporting 55 members of the U.S. Marines Air Control Squadron 2, Detachment Bravo in Afghanistan by sending items from home, including sunscreen, disposable hand and face wipes and pens and pencils. One member of the detachment, Cpl. Terry McKee, Jr., is the son of Susan McKee, human resources manager at the speedway. A photo of the flag can be seen at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/multimedia/photo/.
Couples to Celebrate Special Anniversaries at the Speedway
Love will be in the air during May at Charlotte Motor Speedway as many couples will use race weeks in Charlotte as an occasion to celebrate special milestones. Valerie and Gary Smith from Charlotte, N.C., met in the grandstands during the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and were married in August, 2010. Valerie almost didn’t make the trip down to Charlotte from her original home in upstate New York, due to brake issues with her car. A friend loaned her a minivan to come to the race, where by chance she sat beside her future husband. “We’re so happy. Our life is so amazing now...all thanks to NASCAR and the speedway,” said Valerie Smith. “As a previously single woman, I hope a story like ours gives other women hope and keeps love alive!”
Also, Billy and Betty McGuire from Franklin, Ohio, will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29 to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on May 24. Billy has been a race fans for nearly 60 years and is a long-time supporter of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., tracks, having attended races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 78-year-old Billy said he and his 74-year-old bride decided to celebrate their special milestone at Charlotte because they love the area and the speedway. “Charlotte is one of the best tracks I’ve ever been to,” Billy said. “I just like it there. The racing gets better all the time.”
PRN Fast Talk to Feature Kyle Petty, Miss Sprint Cup Live from The Speedway Club
The Performance Racing Network will host a special edition of "Fast Talk" live from The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, at 7 p.m. Doug Rice, president and general manager of PRN, will be joined by special guests Kyle Petty, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and current NASCAR television analyst and Miss Sprint Cup Paige Duke. "Fast Talk" listeners can call in during the show to 1 (800) 771-TALK (8255) between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST to ask a question live on air. Questions can be submitted in advance via e-mail to . Participants can also listen to the broadcast live online at www.goprn.com. "Fast Talk" will be video streamed live online at www.ustream.tv/user/GoPRN. Charlotte-area fans can attend the "Fast Talk" session in The Speedway Club by sending an e-mail to to reserve a seat.
Fan Guide to Fun Highlights May Race Activities
Charlotte Motor Speedway has created a Fan Guide to Fun for events that coincide with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600. The Fan Guide to Fun is available online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/fanguidetofun and provides information on driver appearances, concerts, sponsor displays, pre-race infield activities and much more.
Coca-Cola Family Track Walk, Quarter-Mile Cookout on May 27
The Coca-Cola Family Track Walk gives fans the opportunity to get moving alongside Coca-Cola Racing Family driver Ryan Newman and racing legends Bobby Allison and Ned Jarrett at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27. Following the exercise walk, fans can enjoy activities for the whole family including games, music, racing simulators, motivating lifestyle tips and a Q-and-A session with drivers. To round out the day, Coca-Cola and Charlotte Motor Speedway will once again host the Quarter-Mile Cookout, where fans can enjoy a picnic-style lunch. The entire day of events is free and open to all ticket and annual credential holders for the Coca-Cola 600.
Papa John’s and Coca-Cola Offer Fans VIP Experience with Ticket Package
Race fans who love pizza will get a double treat as Papa John’s is offering fans a VIP experience at the Coca-Cola 600 with the Papa John’s Pizza Party at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the package, up to 1,000 fans will get a frontstretch ticket for the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 and exclusive access to a VIP party that includes an appearance by a Coca-Cola Racing Family driver, Papa John’s pizza and Coca-Cola drinks. The package, which is just $59 for a ticket and the party, runs through mid-May or while supplies last. To get the ticket package for the Papa John’s Pizza Party at the Coca-Cola 600, order from Papa John’s or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/papa_johns_pizza_party/.
Tickets for all May races 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). Frontstretch tickets with the best views of the world’s largest HD video board, debuting at the speedway in May, start at just $49 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 21. Fans can also purchase two frontstretch tickets for just $99 to the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29.
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