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CONCORD, N.C. -- Duane Groet has to be this season's most popular guy. He s putting up thousands of Christmas lights... in November.

Yeah, it gets long. Not too many going up in my house, he said.

Groet works for Winterland Inc., a company that is presently designing and staging Speedway Christmas. The light show will bring you into the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and onto the track itself.

Last year, children and families from Cooperative Christian Ministry were among the first to see the lights.

Soon, a new group of lucky kids will have a chance to see and experience the magic. Speedway Christmas is also open to the public.

In addition to a new ice rink, the entrance to the Christmas Village is going up now, and so are the forms for the light show, which will feature more than three million lights, spanning the Speedway and its grounds.

Speedway Christmas will begin November 19 and continue through December 30. Hours are 6 p.m.-10 p.m. each night. It is closed on Christmas.

The cost is $20 per carload on Thursday through Sunday, and $15 a car Monday through Wednesday.

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