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10 NASCAR Sights & Sounds in N.C.!

Known as the epicenter of professional racing, the Piedmont region in North Carolina is home to many NASCAR official team shops, headquarters, and attractions.

Here are 10 NASCAR "must sees" in N.C.:

1. NASCAR Hall of Fame

See NASCAR’s best and brightest – and fastest – names all under one roof at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

2. NASCAR driving experience

Become a NASCAR driver for a day and get behind the wheel of a real-life stock car, racing around some of NASCAR’s most prestigious raceways – including Myrtle Beach Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and more with NASCAR Driving Experience.

3. Michael Waltrip Racing

Take a tour of working racecar shop at Michael Waltrip Racing – located in the town of Cornelius. See real-time fabrication, assembly, and view pit crew training in action.

4. Joe Gibbs racing

In operation since the year 2000, Joe Gibbs Racing has helped produce numerous NASCAR Sprint Cup champions. Visit the viewing area and gift shop for a true championship-caliber experience.

5. Stewart Haas

The 140,000 square foot headquarters of NASCAR names likes Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, and Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing also offers fan tours of the shop and facility.

6. Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

Perhaps the most iconic name in NASCAR’s long history, Dale Earnhardt was a seven-time champion. Now, his tradition and legacy are preserved at Dale Earnhardt, Inc., housing timeless memorabilia, pictures, stories, and even Earnhardt’s seven trophies all for fan viewing.

7. JR Motorsports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t too shabby, himself. Visit the JR Motorsports facility for exclusive shop tours and plenty of JR Nation merchandise and souvenirs.

8. Kyle Busch

Home of the Kyle Busch Toyota truck team and multiple NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships, Kyle Busch Motorsports offers fan visits Monday through Friday, touring the 77,000 square foot, high-tech facility.

9. Penske Racing 

Explore the state-of-the-art facility from above, atop the 432-foot fan catwalk at Penske Racing in Mooresville. The facility houses their own NASCAR gift shop and plenty of history as well.

10. Front Row Motorsports

Featuring wins at Talladega Superspeedway, Daytona, and Lowes Motorspeedway, Front Row Motorsports offers free facility tours to all Front Row Team fans.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:



Best Western Albemarle Inn

2300 US Highway 52 N, Albemarle NC 28001-8507
Phone: +1 704-985-1111  |  Fax: (704) 550-5927  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Sterling Hotel & Suites

242 E Woodlawn Road, Charlotte NC 28217-2202
Phone: +1 704-525-5454  |  Fax: (704) 525-5637  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Charlotte/Matthews Hotel

2501 Sardis Road N, Charlotte NC 28227-7724
Phone: +1 704-845-2810  |  Fax: (704) 845-1743  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Gastonia

360 Best Western Ct, Gastonia NC 28054
Phone: +1 704-868-2000  |  Fax: (704) 868-2000  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Hickory

1520 13th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory NC 28602-5183
Phone: +1 828-323-1150  |  Fax: (828) 324-8979  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Huntersville Inn & Suites Near Lake Norman

13830 Statesville Road, Huntersville NC 28078-9040
Phone: +1 704-875-7880  |  Fax: (704) 875-0277  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Inn & Suites - Monroe

2316 Hanover Drive, Monroe NC 28110-0450
Phone: +1 704-283-4746  |  Fax: (704) 283-1815  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Statesville Inn

1121 Morland Drive, Statesville NC 28677-6973
Phone: +1 704-881-0111  |  Fax: (704) 872-5056  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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    Across the Tar Heel state choose sporting action from the Panthers to the Hurricanes, or the Blue Devils to the Hammerheads.

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    Your visit to North Carolina should include visits to historic and charming cities like Raleigh, Wilmington. Once there explore famous universities like Duke, UNC, and Appalachian State.

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  • Kid Friendly North Carolina

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    Explore the Tar Heel State with the whole family. Visit Carowinds amusement park, experience the history of NC, or check out Hammocks Beach along the coast.

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    Canoe your way down the Lumber River, set up a picnic on Hammocks Beach, or climb to the top of Crowders Mountain. Never a dull moment in NC's state parks.

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