Veteran sports writer Jim Utter covers NASCAR for The Charlotte Observer and its racing site, ThatsRacin.com. In this space, Jim writes about all things NASCAR and other forms of racing which may also be relevant ... or not.
Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Roush Fenway Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are working together to present the first “Charlotte SpeedFest” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 12 at the speedway in Concord, N.C.
SpeedFest activities include: Free tours of Charlotte Motor Speedway and zMAX Dragway and free shuttles offered to the Hall of Fame, Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing; appearances and autographs by NASCAR celebrities, including drivers, Speed TV personalities, Miss Sprint Cup and motorsports artist Sam Bass; NASCAR show cars; video games; kids activities; petting zoo; concessions and live music.
Also, several of the area NASCAR shops will offer merchandise discounts in their respective gift shops on Saturday.
At the speedway, those who purchase $150 in tickets for speedway NASCAR events will get the opportunity to race their personal vehicle down zMAX Dragway, receive a free one-night hotel stay and a free piece of Sam Bass Racing Art.