Pit Note #3: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
TRACK KANGAROO EXPRESS OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Ward and Jeb Burton signed autographs, posed for pictures and greeted fans Friday during a special autograph session at the newly opened Kangaroo Xpress infield convenience store.
Located inside the backstretch, the Kangaroo Express offers nearly anything a race fan could need in a convenient on-site location: ice, chips, sunglasses, drinks, T-shirts, personal care items and much more.
"Have you been in there?" Jeb Burton asked. "It's really cool."
Jeb Burton is the pole sitter, driving the No. 4 Arrowhead/Kangaroo Express Chevrolet in tonight's North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Burton was fastest in Thursday's final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, turning a lap in 29.905 seconds (180.572 mph).
ALL-STAR SPECIAL PAINT: A handful of cars will feature special paint schemes this weekend, including the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson (red, white and blue); the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski (blue-on-blue); the No. 18 of Kyle Busch (brown); and the No. 47 of Bobby Labonte (red-and-blue).
SEE YOUR FAVORITE DRIVER: Many NASCAR Series drivers will make appearances during the 10 Greatest Days in Racing beginning this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Below are a few highlights.
Saturday, May 18: Sprint Unlimited Fan Experience, located in the midway in front of the Charlotte Motor Speedway main grandstand. Schedule: Bobby Labonte, 4 pm; Dale Earnhardt Jr., 5:05 pm.; motorsports artist Sam Bass, 5:45 pm.
Monday, May 20: Meet and greet brothers Ty and Austin Dillon with grandfather/team owner Richard Childress at Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd. in Concord, NC. Autographs are scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm.
Wednesday, May 22: GoPro Be a Hero Karting Challenge with Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Brad Sweet, Scott Speed, Matt Crafton, Jason Bowles, Kyle Larson, Jason Allgaier and Nelson Piquet Jr. at the Mooresville Motorplex, 130 Motorplex Dr., Mooresville, NC. Fans will get access to the garages and drivers for $15. There will also be a 10-lap Wonder Woman race for leading females in the racing industry. Fans will also get a track walk over the .7-mile facility.
Thursday, May 23: Kyle Busch Motorsports in Mooresville, NC will host an open house featuring drivers Joey Coulter, Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr. They are scheduled to appear from 11am-12pm. Coulter will also hold his first annual corn hole tournament. Fans can participate with an $18 entry fee.
Thursday, May 23-Saturday, May 25:The 14th annual Food Lion Speed Street festival in uptown Charlotte. Driver appearances, music, booths, activities and more. Free admission; open daily noon to 11 pm.
Friday May 24: Lottery winners to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr., Regan Smith and Brad Sweet at JR Motorsports at 2 pm. Wrist bands will be issued May 23 at the JR Nation retail store in Mooresville, NC.
Friday, May 24: Fan Day with Kasey Kahne, 10 am. Race fans can meet drivers Brad Sweet, Cody Darrah and Daryn Pittman. Kasey Kahne Racing, 265 Cayuga Dr., Mooresville, NC.