TORC Trucks, Food Lion AutoFair and B.R.A.K.E.S. Highlight Busy Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway

TRAXXAS TORC trucks race at the Dirt Track at Charlotte

(CONCORD, NC - APRIL 18, 2012 - RIS) It doesn't matter if you like drag racing, road racing, circle track, off-road, or just cruising, if you don't find something you'll like at Charlotte Motor Speedway's sprawling complex this weekend, you're just not into cars.

With Food Lion AutoFair occupying the Speedway's infield and some outer lots, the TORC TRAXXAS stadium trucks putting on their incredible show at the Dirt Track and Doug Herbert's B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School at zMAX Dragway's lots, there's more happening than can be taken in without spending more than one day wandering around and enjoying the shows.

The BRAKES school isn't really a public event, in that it is a learning experience for teen drivers to help make them safer on the highways. Many students show up bored with the idea of "going back to Driver's Ed" and wind up admitting how much fun they had and how much more they learned than they ever imagined they need to. BRAKES schools are held all year and sites ranging from zMAX Dragway to Pomona, California; Manheim, Pennsylvania; Frankfort, KY and a few other schools around the Charlotte area. For more information and registration, see:

The TRAXXAS TORC Off-Road Championship Series opens their 2012 schedule at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, with spectator gates opening at 3:00 Friday afternoon. PRO class qualifying starts at 4:00 with opening ceremonies at 7:00. The evening ends with a pit party open to fans with music provided by Tim hall & Buffalo Country both nights. Saturday's schedule is almost the same with only minor changes. Tickets are available at the Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.

Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the largest car show/swap meets of the year. This year's headline "Barn Find" car is local author Tom Cotter's 1952 Cunningham coupe. One of only 25 like it made, Cotter discovered the car near Greenville, SC and is the second of the coupes off the line.

“It’s the journey, not the destination," said Cotter about the car. "I’ve got the Cunningham, now I want to go diving in more and more,” he said. “We’re keeping a little bit of history alive. It’s kind of cool when you can do that.”

AutoFair guests can find tickets at local Food Lion stores or at the gate all weekend.

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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Volume 2012, Issue 4, Posted 7:04 PM, 04.18.2012