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3 Best Race Tracks in North Carolina

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North Carolina has plenty of race tracks for all kinds of motorsports from dirt tracks to drag racing and all the way up to the big stock car speedway at Charlotte. We made a list of the top 3 in the state that offer something for spectators and drivers alike:

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Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Charlotte Motor Speedway

Cost of Admission: Varies depending on event

Location: 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC 28027

Types of Events: NASCAR, dirt track, drag strip, car shows, monster trucks

Rules: No coolers over 14 inches, stadium chairs with arms, glass containers, pets, umbrellas, strollers, or weapons of any kind in the grandstands and pit area.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is the home of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race and the only four-lane drag strip in the United States. Why race just one of your friends when you can race three? The track also has a dirt oval track and plenty of room for RV camping. The Speedway is open for daily tours as well.


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Coastal Plains Raceway Park

Coastal Plains Raceway Park

Cost of Admission: $15 spectator admission, Driver buy-in varies

Location: 4744 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Types of Events: 1/8- and 1/4-mile street legal test & tunes nearly every weekend, occasional elimination tournaments for cash prizes, short oval track racing

Rules: Contact 910-455-3555 for more information.

The Coastal Plains Raceway Park is a great spot for amateur test & tune nearly every weekend, where you can hone your drag racing skills and push your car to its limit. It’s great for spectators, too, with occasional elimination tournaments on the drag strip and stock car racing on the oval track.

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Hickory Motor Speedway

Hickory Motor Speedway

Cost of Admission: Adults – $11 Teens/Seniors – $9 Kids 12& under – Free

Location: 3130 20th Ave SE, Newton, NC 28658

Types of Events: Stock car racing

Rules: No coolers over 14 inches, no more than six alcoholic beverages per cooler, no glass containers

Hickory Motor Speedway is known as “The World’s Most Famous Short Track”, opening in 1951 and hosting NASCAR races beginning in 1953. It was a dirt track until 1967 and was shortened to its present length of .36 miles in 1970. Today it hosts races for the Wehlen All-American Series and the USAR Hooters Pro Cup.