Saturday

HOME

When I first decided to visit the race shops of Nascar, I was surprised that there wasn't a comprehensive source for all the information I needed. Well, I've made my own right here. I've tried to give you a preview of each major shop, let you know the smaller ones worth visiting, and a few other tips as well. Most importantly, you'll know what must be seen and what can be skipped--saves travel time AND gas! Well, lets go!

GENERAL ADVICE:

  My visits occurred in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.  The years visited are marked as such at the top of the review.

  I was able to talk to some employees at the race shops and picked up some "Insider Tips" that are NOT (to my knowledge) available anywhere else online!  Look for the Insider Tips!
Every big shop has a gift-shop, and
most of them sell race-used sheet-
metal.  This was the selection at
Chip Ganassi Racing.

  The best days of the week to visit are Tuesday and Wednesday. Mondays can work if the previous race was nearby. Thursdays are a "getaway day" so there isn't nearly as much activity.  Fridays are almost always dead.

  All hours listed are Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.

  The best general area to stay, hotel-wise, is in either North-Charlotte (typically referred to as the University area) or one of the northern-suburbs such as Concord.  This will put you in close proximity to the Charlotte AND Mooresville shops, although you can deal with some major traffic in the afternoons!

  Every race shop has free admission. The various Halls of Fame have admission, but are in most cases well worth them.

  All race teams listed here are located in North Carolina.  The vast majority of them are located in one of two locations: Greater Charlotte or Greater Mooresville.  There are a few exceptions--a handful of shops are located in Statesville (Front Row, GMS, and a few other small Truck Series teams), while RCR and its affiliated teams are located outside Winston-Salem.  The Petty Museum is also relatively out of the way in Level Cross.

  If you're in town for a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, check with the various teams' websites to see if they're doing any special events or having extended hours.

Jimmie Johnson Hero Card
  Some information here is compiled from the teams' own websites. Some is from www.raceshops.com, the most comprehensive source I found. The rest is from my own experience.

  Obviously the any race team logos are the properties of those race teams.  All of the pictures, however (unless noted) are my own.

  A note on "Hero Cards"--these are the (usually) 8.5"x11" heavy-stock cards that have lots of information on the teams, drivers, and sponsors. They're a nice cheap way to get souvenirs, since you can usually only get them from the teams themselves. Most everyone had them available when I was there.

  The Ratings are on a 1-5 scale. Thankfully I had virtually no negative experiences there, so the lowest scores mostly reflect shops that aren't set up for fans (most of the smaller teams). I also tried to sum it up with a final "See it" or "Skip it" rating.

8 comments:

  1. Hi! Not sure if you are still updating this blog but I visited Michael Waltrip Racing in May 2014 (week between All Star race & 600) and there was no admission fee. The lady that gave us the tickets, made it sound like they're not planning to charge fee.

    Your blog was very helpful for determining where to visit on my trip! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for the heads up on the right time to visit the shops. I usually like going when it's not too crowded. So I have time to look around and don't feel like I'm being pushed along to see the next thing. I'm looking to visit the Hall of Fame next year just need to pick the right time to go. Have a great day.
    Greg Prosmushkin

    ReplyDelete
  3. DP Apparel is a German based Fitness Bekleidung (fitness clothing) store, becoming a one-stop shop for coole Fitnessbekleidung(cool fitness clothing) which includes jackets, t-shirts, Hoodie, Pullover for man and women. Our online department store serves up a ton of brands and styles for whatever your tastes may be. Check them out here- Dpapparel.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. If you want to buy softest bath towels, then visit YENCARLSTORE. This store one of the amazing shopping websites.

    ReplyDelete
  5. If you want to buy wood sunglasses mens, then visit Sizen. Sizen has a great collection of mens sunglasses.

    ReplyDelete