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Big weekend in Concord with activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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From Charlotte Motor Speedway: Fans seeking an unparalleled thrill of adrenaline-packed racing action, exciting attractions, rocking concerts and unique experiences need look no further than Charlotte Motor Speedway during race week for the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500, when NASCAR’s best compete in the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Among the numerous attractions over the course of Bank of America 500 race week are these 10 things fans can’t miss when they come to the Greatest Place to See the Race:

3 Doors Down: Before 40 of the world’s best drivers lock horns around Charlotte’s 1.5-mile bullring, acclaimed rock band 3 Doors Down will take the stage for a FREE pre-race concert unlike any other. Shop online to buy pit passes that get fans even closer to the stage for the Bank of America 500 Pit Party, which also includes driver appearances by Kyle Larson, Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray;

Chase U: One of this year’s most exciting new additions is Chase U, a tailgate zone exclusively for college students located outside Turn 2 that features tailgating games, music and an appearance from NASCAR’s most popular college-aged driver, Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender Chase Elliott, all for just $24;

Free Fun for Kids – Kids can take part in a pre-race autograph session featuring drivers including Kyle Busch, Brian Scott and Landon Cassill that is exclusively for NASCAR’s young fans on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Play Zone next to Gate 7. The first 100 kids to pick up a wristband at 2:00 from the Play Zone will gain access. Additionally, kids 13 and under get in FREE to the Oct. 6 Bojangles’ Pole Night and the Oct. 7 Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Kids’ tickets for the Bank of America 500 start at just $10.

Tailgate with the Teams – Team tailgate parties put race fans directly in front of some of the sport’s title contenders. For just $149, fans can gain access to the Team Tailgate Party, which features a race-day Q&A with drivers including Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth as well as pre-race pit access, a premium frontstretch grandstand ticket, access to the 3 Doors Down concert, door prizes and food and drinks.

Fun Foods: Two of the world’s most valuable culinary creations – spaghetti and the deep fryer – have joined forces for their NASCAR debut at the Bank of America 500. Deep-fried spaghetti is a delicious, baseball-sized meatball of spaghetti served three to a stick and paired with marinara sauce. It costs just $7 and is filling, tasty and unique to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Look for green “Pit Stop” stands along the concourse to tune up your taste buds.

Better Half Dash presented by Nature Made – NASCAR’s stars give way to the sport’s fastest females when the Better Half Dash presented by Nature Made – a 25-lap Bandolero battle among NASCAR wives and girlfriends including Katelyn Sweet, Kyle Larson’s girlfriend, and Brad Keselowski’s girlfriend Paige White – gets underway during Bojangles’ Pole Night on Oct. 6. The no-holds-barred donnybrook of dames supports great charities including Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children’s Charities.

Modified Racing on the Frontstretch Quarter-Mile – Fans are in for even more Bojangles’ Pole Night fun when the world’s ultimate ground-pounders – 2,650-pound beasts boasting more than 600 horsepower – engage in the Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150, the final NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tourrace of the season. Championships will be decided, sparks will fly and fans will be in for the ultimate display of short-track excitement, adding even more value to $12 Bojangles’ Pole Night tickets.

NASCAR Night – A colorful hauler parade headlines NASCAR Night on Oct. 3, which also includes drivers racing their souped-up street cars in a free event at zMAX Dragway. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 6:15 p.m. at the Bellagio of drag strips with donations being accepted for Speedway Children’s Charities.

Take Part in a Speedway Children’s Charities Auction – Fans looking to donate to a worthy cause and experience a once-in-a-lifetime moment have the opportunity to do so with Speedway Children’s Charities, which offers auctions for opportunities including taking a pre-race parade lap with 2003 Bank of America 500 winner Tony Stewart before his last Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte. Visi t to learn more about the Ride of a Lifetime event and other auctions and race-week attractions from Speedway Children’s Charities.

Get Up Close and Personal – Charlotte Motor Speedway is NASCAR’s home track, so why not catch more than a glimpse of the sport’s top drivers only minutes before they climb in their cars? Driver introduction passes get fans right in front of the stage for a perfect view of the proceedings. Visit the speedway’s website for more information on how to reserve your spot.

Fans can buy tickets to the Oct. 6-8 Bank of America 500 race weekend by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visiting Tickets are also available at the speedway ticket office. Weekend passes start at just $99 and Chase University passes for college students cost just $24. Children 13 and under get in FREE to the Oct. 6 Bojangles’ Pole Night and the Oct. 7 Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Kids' tickets for the Bank of America 500 start at just $10.

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