Checkered Flag: Month Of May Now 'Motorsports Month'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's all about life in the fast line as North Carolina roars forward with the month of May deemed as"Motorsports Month." After all, North Carolina's roots are rich with racing history.

On Thursday, Governor Pat McCrory made the proclamation official for race fans. The action will run hot on the track with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the 55-th running of the Coca-Cola 600. Not only will it help generate an estimated economic impact of $230 million but it will also support 4,200 jobs.

McCrory stated in a news release, "This is the home place of racing, as far as Cup racing is concerned. Bruton came out here in 1960 and built this place and we've been running ever since," said Petty. "It's a big, big deal for racers. It's a big pride deal for all the teams because all the teams are around here. From a spectator standpoint, they've got a little bit of everything. They've got short track running. They've got dirt track running. They've got the big track running. They've got Nationwide and trucks. Over the two weeks, it's nothing but race, race, race."

He was joined by racing legend Richard Petty Motorsports owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose among others.

So race fans gear up for slammed pack action to come on the track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The $99 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend pass includes frontstretch tickets for the N.C. Education Lottery Camping World Truck Series race and Sprint Showdown on Friday, May 16; plus the no-speed-limit NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying, Jake Owen and Train concerts, plus the blockbuster shootout for $1 million at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 17.

The $99 Coca-Cola 600 weekend package includes tickets to see the stars of NASCAR hit the track to lay down the fastest lap during LiftMaster Pole Night on Thursday, May 22; a Saturday afternoon showdown as the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers battle it out in the HISTORY 300 on May 24; and culminates with the historic 55th running of one of NASCAR's most prestigious events, the Cola-Cola 600, complete with a Brantley Gilbert pre-race concert on Sunday, May 25.

Tickets can be purchased online at Charlotte Motor Speedway or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267).


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