NHRA Carolina Nationals

NHRA Carolina Nationals

Friday, September 15 - Sunday, September 17, 2017 9:00am-5:00pm
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

The NHRA’s best drivers begin their quest for supremacy in the first race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower machines to their limits!  

Kids 13 & Under Get In FREE!

Kids can have fun in the Carolinas HealthCare System Play Zone, located inside Gate 1 near the entrance to the NHRA’s Nitro Alley. The Fan Van will be there to provide fun for even the youngest fans.


3-Day Pass

Be a part of the action all weekend with a 3-Day Pass to the NHRA Carolina Nationals!  Packages start at just $99!

Sections D-R Sections A-C, S-Y, AA-LL Sections MM-YY
3-Day Package Adult - $139 Adult - $115 Adult - $99

Kids 13 and under admitted free with an adult.

Everyone MUST have a ticket for entry.

*Tickets subject to NC Sales Tax

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Buy a 2-pack today and save!  Your choice 

  • Two (2) tickets to Friday-Sec. D-R- $60 
  • Two (2) tickets to Saturday-Sec. A-C / S-Y /AA-YY-$80
  • Two (2) tickets to Sunday-Sec. A-C / S-Y /AA-YY- $80  
  • Plus choice of two beer vouchers OR two Coca-Cola soft drinks, with two hot dogs. 

Must purchase in increments of two (2) to qualify. 

*All ticket prices subject to N.C. sales tax

More Ticket Options

  Sections D-R Sections A-C, S-Y & AA-LL Sections MM-YY
Friday Adult - $35 Adult - $25 Adult - $20
Saturday Adult - $55 Adult - $45 Adult - $40
Sunday Adult - $55 Adult - $45 Adult - $40

Kids 13 and under admitted free with an adult. Everyone MUST have a ticket for entry.
Grandstand seating is smoke-free. View our smoking policy here.

*All ticket prices subject to N.C. sales tax

Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Buy 3 tickets and get the 4th FREE!  When you purchase three (3) tickets for any day of the NHRA Carolina Nationals September 15th-17th you’ll receive a fourth ticket FREE!  Must purchase in increments of four (4) to qualify.


Save 20% when you buy 5 tickets and get 1 FREE!  When you purchase five (5) tickets for any day of the NHRA Carolina Nationals September 16th-18th, you’ll receive a sixth ticket FREE!  Must purchase in increments of six (6) to qualify.

Dragway Seating Map

Camping Map

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Seating Map

Full-Service Camping

Accommodates: RV
Type Camping: Premium
Site Size: 20 ft x 50 ft, 30 ft x 50 ft
4-Night Package: $400
(Thursday 9/14-Sunday 9/17)

Located just off Bruton Smith Boulevard (I-85, Exit 49), the Camping World Racing Resort offers premium RV camping adjacent to a modern restroom/shower facility and zMAX Dragway.

Campsites feature: 

  • 30 and 50-amp electric
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • FREE Wi-Fi access
  • Picnic table, gravel pads and asphalt roads

This campground is open year-round, and we encourage you to arrive early to enjoy the local attractions!

Trackside Camping

zMAX Dragway Trackside:

  • 4-night w/ Electric Package (Thursday 9/14-Sunday 9/17): $350
  • Camp closer to the action in these prime RV camping spots located trackside at zMAX Dragway! These campsites are ideal to spend time with clients or family and friends. You can enjoy the comforts of home while watching the fastest accelerating machines on the planet race all weekend. These sites are located near the top of the timing light on the east side and include 30-amp electricity.

Pricing and Maps

Full Service (4 nights)
Camping World Racing Resort $400
Camping World Racing Resort-  RV Rental $1,200
Trackside (4 nights)
Row A- 50 amp service $350
Row B/C- 30 amp service $350
Standard (4 nights)
Turn 4 with 30 amp service $200
Turn 4  $125

*Full Payment Deadline is Aug 1, 2017.  zMAX Dragway reserves the right to release any packages that are not paid in full by this date.

Camping Map

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RV Rentals

4-night Luxury Package (Thur. 9/14-Sun. 9/17): $1,200

zMAX Dragway is offering RV rental units as the perfect alternative to a typical hotel stay during race weeks or for a weekend getaway year-round! Book now and arrive with your RV waiting for you and your guests. Rental units are 30-foot single-slide travel trailers that include:

  • Front Queen Bed With Overhead Storage
  • Rear Bunkhouse with Bunk Beds
  • Center Wardrobe Closet
  • Dinette With Hinged Bunk Above
  • Center Bathroom With Tub, Sink And Medicine Cabinet
  • Refrigerator With Freezer; 3-Burner Range; Microwave; Double Kitchen Sink
  • Slide Out Booth Dinette &Amp; Sofa With Overhead Cabinets
  • 26” Flat-Screen TV That Swivels Between Center Room And Front Bedroom
  • Front Pass-Thru Storage And Rear Storage Areas
  • 18' Awning
  • Each Campsite Includes Water, And Electrical Hookups Plus A Picnic Table
  • Each RV Will Be Furnished With Kitchenware, Bedding, Linens And A Small Charcoal Camping Grill

You'll be walking distance to zMAX Dragway and a short drive from Concord Mills Mall, several NASCAR race shops and various other shopping, restaurant and entertainment venues. Make your plans now for race day or any day at the Greatest Place to Camp, Charlotte Motor Speedway! 

1-800-455-FANS (3267)

Turn 4 Camping

Turn 4 Campground:

  • 4-night Standard Package (Thursday 9/14-Sunday 9/17): $125
  • 4-night w/ Electric Package (Thursday 9/14-Sunday 9/17): $200
  • This general admission, standard campground is adjacent to a modern restroom/shower facility and located near Charlotte Motor Speedway. Trams and shuttles run each event day to provide you with complimentary transportation to zMAX Dragway.
1-800-455-FANS (3267)
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Camping Guidelines

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Top Eliminator Club

You deserve the ultimate drag racing experience, and it’s only available at zMAX Dragway! The Top Eliminator Club is a hospitality package created for you, the die-hard drag racing fan! Whether you’re here for the weekend or just a single day, if you want to experience all that zMAX Dragway has to offer, then the Top Eliminator Club is just for you! 

Top Eliminator Club Includes:

  • Two great meals per day and two drink tickets
  • Access to exclusive trackside viewing area
  • Access to exclusive tower roof-top viewing area
  • Free VIP parking
  • Limited-edition event t-shirt
  • Limited-edition hard card credential with lanyard
Adult Child
Single-Day $99.00 $88.00
3-Day Pass $290.00 $257.00

This is an upgrade ONLY. A race ticket must be purchased in addition for entry.

Bruton's Suite

Sit in a suite fit for the chairman with Bruton’s Suite package!  Perched above the main John Force Grandstand, Bruton’s Suite offers great views of all the racing zMAX Dragway has to offer.  The suite offers both indoor and outdoor seating, one of the few NHRA tracks to offer such a unique enhancement.  Bruton’s Suite is available for single-day and 3-day packages for the NHRA Carolina Nationals Sept 15-17.

Driver appearances TBD
Great food and soft-drinks
FREE VIP parking
Cash bar
Goodie bag

Adult Child
Friday $255 $101
Saturday $255 $101
Sunday $255 $101
3-Day Package $545 $289

*Tickets subject to NC Sales Tax

Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour

Tour the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, ride through two infield race tracks, make your way down Pit Road and take a picture in Winner’s Circle. Learn the history of Charlotte Motor Speedway while enjoying a comfortable van ride around the superspeedway where you will feel the full-tilt force of the 24-degree banking. Plus, visit zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte on this exciting tour! Reserve your seat by calling 704-455-3223 or visit the Tour Desk on the second floor of Smith Tower.

Schedule for Non-Event Days

9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM Group Tours Only

Tour Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Departure Location: Second floor of Smith Tower
Please Note: All tour participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. You are responsible for providing your own car seat for children. All on-track events are subject to track availability.

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Over the Wall Tour

Feel the Thrill Tour plus exclusive additional features. Walk through The Speedway Club and visit one of our 61 frontstretch suites, peek inside the Performance Racing Network (PRN) studios and experience the breathtaking view of Charlotte Motor Speedway from the top of the Ford Grandstand. Cruise down pit road, tour the Media Center and take a walk down memory lane as you view timeless photos of CMS history. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity today and reserve your seat in advance by calling 704-455-3223 or visit the Tour Desk on the second floor of Smith Tower.

Price: $20.00 per person; $18.00 per person for seniors (55 and older), military personnel, EMS/Fire/Police personnel and children ages 13 and younger

Schedule for Non-Event Days



10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Group Tours Only

Tour Length: 2 hours
Departure Location: Second floor of Smith Tower
Time: Please arrive 30 minutes early for check-in
Weather: Tours operate rain or shine, please plan accordingly
Dress Code: Comfortable clothing for outdoors and air conditioned van, comfortable shoes for walking, sunscreen, sunglasses
Please Note: All tour participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. You are responsible for providing your own car seat for children. All on-track events are subject to track availability.

Before or after your tour, you have the opportunity to enjoy lunch in our luxurious Speedway Club. Dress code is required and advanced reservations are suggested 704-455-3216.

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STEM Field Trip

The STEM Field Trip will last approximately 2.5 hours. The students will rotate through 5 stations – each activity will take 25 minutes and we’ve allowed 5 minutes to rotate to the next station.


  1. Track Tour

The students will take a guided tour and will see the banking of the track and other engineering/design features of the 1.5 mile speedway. Students will determine the speed of the van based on the time it took to go around the track.


  1. Traction/Friction

The materials for this station are: three block cars made with a different material on the bottom (indoor carpet, Formica, rubber conveyor belting); adjustable ramps with the same surface as the cars; spring scale; spray water bottle.

The objective is to determine the inclination, angle and rise to run, at which each combination of tire surface (bottom of the car) and road surface initiates sliding. In addition, the conveyor belting surface can be misted with the water bottle to illustrate why race cars with slicks don’t race in the rain.


  1. Acceleration

The materials for this station are: 2 adjustable ramps; die cast cars; tape measures; stop watches. The purpose of this station is to explore the velocity of a car moving down a slope as the angle increases. The speed of the car is to be determined as it rolls down the ramp at varying angles.


  1. Balance

This station uses a US Legends Car; scales; jack. With the car placed on scales, the students will learn that the weight of each wheel refers to the fraction of the total weight carried by each wheel. They will also learn about “cross weight” and what how the fraction of weight changes per tire when the wedge bolt or jack bolt is adjusted.


  1. Radio Controlled Cars (RC Cars)

This station uses an RC car; bumpers; stop watches; 1 extra set of tires. The students will race the car from a pre-determined Point A to Point B and then back to Point A; change all 4 tires (this extra set of tires will be of a different texture); race the car down the same path. Students will time each race and make determinations based on each tire texture.


During each exercise, the students will record the data, and then make a prediction based on that data. This curriculum is based on a 5th- 7th grade level. The cost is $20 dollars per student, there is no cost for teachers or chaperones, up to a total of 10 adults (the cost is $10.00 per adult, after the 10 free). The field trip starts around 9:30 am and will go until noon. These times are flexible. Lunch is not included but students may pack a lunch and eat after the rotations are finished. The preferred number of students is 45-120 per day.


Contact Information:

Babette Newton

Tour Manager