A parade celebrating the power of combustion

Hundreds of spectators lined the streets, from Concord Mills to Charlotte Motor Speedway, to witness, photograph and film the Parade of Power event Aug. 9.

Dozens of vehicles - representing every form of motorsports that will compete this fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte - paraded from the mall to the speedway's Avenue of Flags to promote the speedway's Fall Season of Speed.

NASCAR young guns Trevor Bayne, David Ragan, Reed Sorenson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., as well as NHRA veterans Doug Foley, Doug Herbert and Angie and Matt Smith, helped speedway president Marcus Smith kick off the event after the noon parade.

The parade showcased vehicles with more than 27,000 horsepower - NASCAR cars, a World of Outlaws sprint car, a monster truck, a NHRA Top Fuel dragster and funny car and a Rosenbauer fire engine carrying Santa.

Organizers say the lineup for the next four months is the speedway's largest. It will include thousands of race cars, monster trucks, motorcycles and classic cars.

Upcoming highlights include the Food Lion AutoFair, Aug. 25-28; the NHRA Nationals, Sept. 15-18; the Bank of America 500, Oct. 12-15; and the World of Outlaws World Finals, Nov. 3-5.

The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage on Oct. 14 will help raise awareness and funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The return of Carolina Christmas, one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country, will run Nov. 23-Dec. 31.

"Fourteen events will take place across our three venues during the next four months to bring nearly a half-million people to the greater Charlotte region," said Smith "This drives our area economy and puts people to work. Our Fall Season of Speed is unmatched by any other speedway and will create memories for our fans that will last a lifetime."