CONCORD, N.C. -- Thousands of race fans are arriving at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord for what will be two weeks of racing.
The eyes of the world are on the Charlotte region, said Scott Cooper of the Motor Speedway. This is a very exciting time to be here.
Cooper said that race fans from around the world will come to the speedway ahead of the Sprint All-Star race and the Coke-A-Cola 600.
Both races take place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway over the next two weekends. Sunday is the official opening of the campgrounds around the speedway for fans, although some have already arrived.
This is the best place to be, said Candy Roberts. Roberts and her husband Harley have been race fan for as long as they can remember and they've been regulars at the campgrounds since 1992. They would drive down from Peru, New York, which is just south of Canada and rent the same spot every year.
It's just like family, no it is family,' said Candy Roberts. She and Harley bought a house in Concord in 1998, but still rent a their same spot in the Tom Johnson Camping Center.
We have family and friends who come down every year, said Harley Roberts. We've never met anyone here who we didn't like, he said.
Cooper said that over the next two weeks as many as 5,000 camp spots will be used, with guests coming from all over the world, including race fans from England and Australia.