Charlotte Happenings

MAY 2017

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WEEKEND warrior By Bryan Richards Coca-Cola 600 It starts with the most famous words in sports—"Drivers, start your engines"—followed by a roaring thunder that hits you in the pit of your stomach. As NASCAR's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' 40 cars scream to life, goosebumps begin to crawl up and down your arms. A slight shiver along your spine tells you the Coca-Cola 600 is an event unlike any you'll experience again. This year's fi eld takes the green fl ag on Sunday, May 28 under the series' new format. With plenty of heart- pounding on-track action packed into each crucial lap, the three segments promise to make Memorial Day weekend's longest and most challenging race of man versus machine even more exciting. Yes, NASCAR just got better. The party begins in Uptown on May 25 with the Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola. For three days, your favorite drivers will make fan appearances, and headliners like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Billy Currington and Jake Owen will take the stage. In combination with vendor displays, racing-related activities and kid-friendly fun, the weekend culminates with Lynyrd Skynyrd's pre-race concert, which represents a true American tribute to our troops. Ticket packages range from single race tickets to six-pack specials and weekend passes that include the premier series LiftMaster Pole Night on May 25, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Outlaw Showdown on May 26 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 on May 27. Upgrade your ticket with track tours, team shop tours or Lap and Taps, a track and beer tasting experience you won't want to miss. With plenty of trackside camping options available, you can make a weekend of it. And RV rentals are available for a true glamping experience Ready to roll? Plan your Coca-Cola 600 weekend at PHOTO BY KYO H NAM PHOTOGRAPHY Our pick for the best way to make that sweet 48 hours of freedom count. 40 MAY 2017

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