RV - Charlotte Motor Speedway

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
Trip End Dec 07, 2013

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Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

 Today we took the I 26 interstate highway that runs diagonally from Kingsport Tennessee to Asheville North Carolina. We slowly climbed the Blue Ridge and Bald Mountains of the Appalachian Range and by the time we reached Buckner Gap at 1,150 m we were in cloud. The scenery along this road was stunning despite the low cloud.
We stopped at Black Mountain for another terrible coffee before making our way into Charlotte.
Our home for the night is a Glenwood RV park directly opposite Charlotte Motor Speedway. The speedway is impressive when approaching it along the highway. It has a seating capacity of 140,000 and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The 2,000 acre complex also features a quarter mile, four-lane drag strip and clay oval.  

After a quick bite we made our way to the track and were just in time for a “Feel the Thrill Tour” of the Speedway, Kart track, Drag Strip and Dirt Circuit. The tour actually took us on a trip onto the banked oval track where we could experience the 24 degree banking before doing a “Hot 80 mph Lap” in our transit van. 

Jan enjoyed this drive and the experience,, however it gave Allan a taste for speed so after the tour we went back to the Richard Petty Driving Experience for 3 laps in a NASCAR Sprint car. This is the same team that Australian Marcus Ambrose drives for in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Allan rode shot gun reaching speeds over 160 mph (260 kmh) around the banking, it was quite a thrill.

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Adam on

What did you think of the American style oval track? Did you work out why the Americans prefer oval tracks over traditional race circuits?

Nikki on

I'm Interested to know too! When the NASCAR comes on telly I just can't imagine why the American's like it so much!

jas20j on

Oval track racing is popular because you can see all the action from your seat. One thing that amazes us, especially at the baseball games, is that people are constantly leaving their seats to go buy food or drinks.

It was good fun to go for a spin on the track and stop on the banked section. Charlotte is banked at 24 degrees and you felt like you were falling out of your seat. We are heading to Daytona soon and it’s banked at 31 degrees. There is still plenty of street racing especially when a temporary track is set up in a town for Indy cars.

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