If you’re looking for a different approach to Black Friday shopping, you might want to try the 20th annual Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out at Charlotte Motor Speedway today.
As has become custom, shoppers who spend $50 or more on merchandise or race tickets, or who donate $25 to Speedway Children’s Charities, will be permitted to drive three laps in their personal vehicles around the 1.5-mile speedway. That includes negotiating the 24-degree banking on the turns.
More than a dozen NASCAR rigs, featuring merchandise from drivers such as Kyle Bush, Dale Earnhardt Jt., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart, are at the speedway today, selling items. IN addition, the speedway’s gift shop is offering a 20 percent discount on all clothing items.
The event continues until 4 p.m.
Charlotte Motor Speedway also is offering its Speedway Christmas light show nightly through Dec. 30, except for Christmas night. The show features more than 800 displays and 3 million lights. the movie “Polar Express” will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight on the speedway’s giant HDTV screen.
Admission to the Speedway Christmas event is $20 a car load (up to eight passengers) for Thursday through Sunday nights, and $15 a car Monday through Wednesday nights. A number of special attractions -- including a Bethlehem-themed village, the Festival of Trees, and Santa -- are open Thursdays through Sundays.
The speedway also has an outdoor skating rink open each evening into January (except for Christmas night). The fee is $12, which includes skate rental. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m.