Getting to the speedway
Race officials urge Charlotte-area fans to use U.S. Route 49 and N.C. Route 29 to get to the speedway instead of taking Interstate Highway 85 to Bruton Smith Boulevard.
For fans coming from out of the area, race officials recommend I-85 exits 43, 46, 49 and 52 as primary routes to the track. From Interstate 77, use Exit 18 to reach U.S. 29.
The Charlotte Area Transit System, the city of Concord and Charlotte Motor Speedway have partnered to bring race-day bus service from Charlotte to the track.
Starting from the Charlotte Transportation Center in uptown Charlotte, take the 79X Concord Mills Express to the 500. Buses will run every 20 minutes from noon until 6 p.m. for the race Saturday night.
Return trips will begin immediately after the checkered flag and buses will be near the tracks main entrance. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Charlotte Transportation Center at 310 E. Trade St. For more information, visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE (7433).
Parking is free on many of the unreserved lots on speedway property. A notable exception is a paid lot that has been moved to Entrance W off Bruton Smith Boulevard.
A tailgating lot with oversized spaces is located at Entrance P on Morehead Road behind Turn 2. Cost is $50 per spot.
Front stretch handicapped parking is located at Entrance T and season-ticket parking is located at Entrance U, both off Bruton Smith Boulevard.
The 10-acre speedway Fan Zone is located outside Turns 1 and 2. Souvenir trailers have moved to this location. David Scott