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Friday: Speedway walk, concert, much more

- slyttle@charlotteobserver.com
Friday, May. 24, 2013

Thousands of NASCAR fans will get a chance to take a lap at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon, but at a considerably slower speed than the cars they’ll watch later this weekend.

The annual Coca-Cola Family Track Walk is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. at the speedway, and fans with tickets to this weekend’s racing events are invited to take a jaunt around the 1.5-mile racing oval.

Also participating in the event are current NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Darrell Wallace Jr. The event begins near Turn 1. Gates open at 2 p.m., and ticket-holders can enter through Gates 1 (at the Turn 4 tunnel), 3, 4, 5A, 7 and 8.

Following the walk, at 3:45 p.m., is the iHeartRadio Coca-Cola Open for Summer concert, featuring Josh Thompson and Trace Adkins.

The concert is being taped by Clear Channel radio and will be aired Monday as part of the network’s nationwide Memorial Day broadcast.

SPEED STREET ENTERTAINMENT

It’s Day 2 of Food Lion Speed Street, and the entertainment theme tonight is country music.

The Landon Parker Band, which won a local competition to appear at Speed Street, opens the live entertainment at 6 p.m. on the Coca-Cola stage. Following will be Randy Houser at 7:45 p.m. and Jamey Johnson at 9:30 p.m.

SPEED STREET APPEARANCES

Here’s the busy schedule for today (all of these appearances are autograph sessions, unless indicated otherwise):

Kellogg’s Display: Noon-2 p.m., Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Sprint Cup Series) ... wristband required.

Creating Loafing Display: 1-3 p.m., Alex Bowman (Nationwide Series), Joey Coulter (Truck), Erik Jones (Truck), Michael Annett (Nationwide), Kyle Fowler (Nationwide), Gray Gaulding (K&N Pro Series).

2-3 p.m., John Wes Townley (Truck Series).

3-4 p.m., Jason Myers (Southern Modified Series).

4-5 p.m., Tim Duggar (country music artist).

5-5:45 p.m., Chad Knaus (crew chief) ... wristbands required.

6-6:30 p.m., Tim Duggar (country music artist).

7-9 p.m., Tire Change Challenge.

Food Lion Stage: 1:15 p.m., Richard Petty, Dale Inman and Aric Almirola in question-and-answer session.

5:15-5:30 p.m., Regan Smith (Nationwide Series).

Net 10 Wireless Display: 1:30-3:30 p.m., German Quiroga (Truck Series).

One Main Financial Display: 3 p.m., Elliott Sadler (Nationwide) ... wristband required.

Unilever Display: Regan Smith (Nationwide Series).

Panthers Display: Sir Purr.

Coca-Cola Stage: 7-7:45 p.m., Sprint Cup drivers Joey Logano and Ryan Newman in question-and-answer session.

LIGHT RAIL ADDS RUNS

The Lynx light rail line is adding runs through Saturday, to handle large crowds coming to Speed Street. Charlotte Area Transit System officials say trains are running every 10 minutes from 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. today and early Saturday, and from 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday and early Sunday.

Officials encourage people attending Speed Street to use light rail as a way of getting uptown without having to worry about finding a parking spot.

ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN

NASCAR driver Alex Bowman makes a stop at Sedgefield Middle School on Friday afternoon as part of the “Drive Away Bullying” campaign. Bowman is part of the effort to encourage students to take steps against bullying.

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