Campers arrive, race prep begins at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Campers arrive, race prep begins at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on May 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Updated Thursday, May 17 at 1:34 PM

CONCORD, N.C. -- Thousands of race fans are just two days away from the big NASCAR Sprint All-Star race weekend and the fan fare has already begun. As the track officials get prepared for the crowds, fans are already rolling in to take part in the excitement.

It's getting noisy out at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as drivers gear up for the All Star race this weekend and fans do too.
 
Sharon Laud and her family are down from New York and with 7-year-old Corey's love for racing, they're getting their fill of shopping and checking out the fan fare early on.
 
“We came to the track, toured the track, going to shops, Hendrick Motor Sports, and (we) are sightseeing, " said Sharon.
 
By Friday, 10 acres of land filled with 10,000 pounds of asphalt will become the largest fan zone yet with a kid’s zone and plenty of food stands plus merchandise shops. For the first time in May, it's all on the speedway side.
 
"That not only makes it easier for fans to find where all that merchandise is but it also makes it more practical and safer in terms of people crossing the highway," said CMS spokesman Scott Cooper.
 
Campers were allowed to enter the infield at 10 a.m. Wednesday and with an expected 20,000 to 25,000 campers throughout the entire campground, they say there are definite signs of an improved economy.
 
"Our camping numbers are up this time from last year.  From a corporate business standpoint we're seeing more investment from onsite advertising and hospitality options," said Cooper.
 
So for the next few days fans get to enjoy the build up to the race and get ready to cheer on their favorite driver. For Corey, it's Dale Earnhardt Junior, hands down.
 
“If he can move up and he will be the points leader and he's got to do a great time out there and get some points," said Corey.

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