December 15, 2017
These bucket list-worthy gift options are once-in-a-lifetime experiences you can enjoy side-by-side! Choose your adventure, and then plan a trip to “Where Racing Lives.” Together!
Allow the race fan in your life to become a permanent part of the plaza that immortalizes NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Customize an engraved brick in any way you choose, then plan a trip to see it in person. The plaza is located in Earnhardt’s hometown of Kannapolis, North Carolina. This serene spot in downtown is just one stop on self-guided tour, The Dale Trail. The nine-foot, 900-pound statue is a must-see for fans of the Intimidator. Other significant locations on The Dale trail tell the story of his life and legendary NASCAR career while guising you through Dale’s old stomping grounds.
Put the adrenaline junkies on your list behind the wheel of a real stock car, dragster or Indy car. Nothing will compare to strapping in and speeding off like the stars at Charlotte Motor Speedway or zMAX Dragway. Junior ride-alongs for kids ages six to 13 offer an opportunity to ride shotgun in a real NASCAR race car with a professional racing instructor. Add to the experience with stops at NASCAR Race Shops like Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing, based minutes from the track.
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Events Calendar always has us bursting with excitement and anticipation! First, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals return in April with 40,000 horsepower and four lanes of fun. Then, ten days of racing action including the NASCAR All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 are the perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day. Charlotte Motor Speedway made history in September 2018 as the 1.5-mile oval was transformed into a 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course-oval hybrid for the inaugural running of the Bank of America ROVAL 400, the first road-course playoff race in NASCAR Cup Series history. Catch the ROVAL again in the fall, and watch as the NHRA Carolina Nationals heat up cool autumn days. Gift an experience and be a part of what’s sure to be another landmark year for motorsports in Cabarrus County, NC.
Motorsports is rooted in moonshine. NASCAR began during the Prohibition Era when “moonshine runners” delivered illegal whiskey with supped up cars and reputations for outsmarting and outdriving the law. Now the official state sport of North Carolina, the storied history of stock car racing continues to grow within our county lines. For a taste of that history, Southern Grace Distilleries is crafting small-batch bourbon in a setting you won’t soon forget. Housed inside former Cabarrus Correctional Facility, “Whiskey Prison” offers tours and tastings. Their award-winning whiskey is a gift that will spark stories of motorsports heritage.
Whatever experience the motorsports fan on your list will love most, we’re here help you plan. Browse the Cabarrus County, NC Destination Guide to start exploring all there is to do and see in between the heart-pounding adventure ahead.
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