Cabarrus County, NC
Located in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina, Cabarrus County is within 60 percent of the United States population, an easy flight or short drive for visitors. Encompassing Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Midland and Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County is the half-way point between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains and the Atlantic coastline’s Outer Banks beaches. Visitors are encouraged to explore the rich racing heritage of Cabarrus County and discover why “Where Racing Lives” is not just a tagline but a way of life!
Welcome to Where Racing Lives!
|Charlotte Motor Speedway|
North Carolina’s hot spot for horsepower is home to an unequaled concentration of motorsports attractions making this destination unlike any other in the world. Nicknamed Speed City USA, Concord is home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway, The Dirt Track and many NASCAR team shops. The legendary 1.5 mile superspeedway hosts major NASCAR series races in May and October as well as The Summer Shootout Series beginning in June. In addition to a full program of Legend Car and Bandolero racing, this series includes special attractions, such as school bus race nights and a Fireworks Extravaganza Night! Racing action takes place under the lights on the quarter-mile oval located on the speedway's front straightaway.
Known as the “Bellagio of Drag Strips,” zMAX Dragway is the only all-concrete four-lane drag strip in the world. In April and September each year, engines roar and the grandstands rumble when the best drag racers in the world compete for all the glory. At The Dirt Track, visitors can witness the World of Outlaws battle at the World Finals in November or catch the Monster Truck Bash in August. Typically 11-feet tall and weighing in at nearly five tons, these giants put on one powerful show!
Did you know that 90% of NASCAR race shops are located in Cabarrus County and the surrounding area? Stop by to observe team members hard at work and witness live pit crew practice in fan viewing areas. Then, explore history and pick up souvenirs inside museums and teams stores. Chip-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, and Stewart-Hass Racing are all located within minutes of Charlotte Motor Speedway and are free of charge. Visiting race shops allows fans to get a behind the scenes look into how the teams prepare for race day. Who knows? You may even catch a glimpse of your favorite driver passing through!
|Richard Petty Driving Experience|
|Great Wolf Lodge|
Now it’s your turn! Your chance to get behind the wheel and on the track exists here in Cabarrus County. Whether you prefer the split-second adrenaline rush of a dragster or whipping through the banked corners of a superspeedway in a stock car, the opportunity to drive or ride along is yours. Check out our website to explore all the options including the Richard Petty Driving Experience, NASCAR Racing Experience, Roy Hills Drag Racing School, Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience and more!
Your time in Cabarrus County may begin with motorsports, but it doesn’t have to end there! When the checkered flag drops, rest and refuel at any of Cabarrus County’s many lodging options from hotels and resorts to charming B&B’s just minutes from the area’s most exciting attractions.
Adventure for the whole pack waits at Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/Concord, the largest indoor water park in the Carolinas reserved exclusively for hotel guests! The 84-degree water park has rides and slides for all ages, and other attractions including MagiQuest, ice-cream themed Scooops Kid Spa and an 18-hole outdoor miniature golf course keep the fun coming.
For fun and relaxation, Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort & Spa has it all. Pamper yourself at Embassy’s full-service Spa Botanica or take in 18 holes at the Rocky River Golf Club, a premier public course ranking in the top 100 golf courses in North Carolina.
|Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort & Spa|
Then, enjoy a southern-inspired menu for dinner at Rocky River Grille
, located inside the hotel. Embassy also offers 42,000 square feet of event space at the Concord Convention Center that includes a 28,800 square foot ballroom.
Sam Bass, the first officially licensed artist of NASCAR creates many of the paint schemes and works of art that fans see on and around the track at the Sam Bass Gallery. Here, Sam’s passion for motorsports meets his love of music. A unique collection of custom guitars and rock and roll memorabilia are displayed alongside original works of art, limited edition prints, fine art posters and more.