Lake Norman & Mooresville

Crowds flock to Waltrip Fan Fest

NASCAR drivers signed autographs, and fans saw pit stop practices and show car displays, played games and enjoyed food from Mac's Speed Shop at Michael Waltrip Racing's fifth annual Fan Fest at the shop in Cornelius last week.

"It's very important for Michael Waltrip Racing to show all our fans what their support means to us, and over the years this has become one of the year's highlights," Waltrip said in a news release before the event.

"Everyone here realizes that the fans are the reason we are where we are today. It's our turn to return the favor and invite them for a fun time at our race shop."

Michael Waltrip Racing began more than a decade ago as a family-owned Nationwide Series team in Sherrills Ford.

Tours of the 140,000-square-foot shop are available. It's at 20310 Chartwell Center Drive, off I-77 at Exit 28.