Uptown Streets Closing This Week As 250,000 NASCAR Fans Descend On Center City


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The 22nd annual Speed Street is returning to Uptown Charlotte this week. With perfect weather, more vendors, and several world famous musicians (including Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, and The Band Perry), organizers are now anticipating a record-breaking crowd of over 250,000 fans.

Speed Street will officially run from noon on Thursday (5/26) through Saturday night (5/28), but several streets will begin shutting down tomorrow (5/25) and will stay closed until 8am on Sunday morning (5/29).

Tryon street (between Stonewall and Trade) will close at 9:30am tomorrow morning;

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According to the official press release we received from Speed Street, here is what you can expect over the next several days;

  1. MUSIC: Claiming one of its best musical lineups in years, Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola will feature the soulful sounds of Sol Fusion and the Voltage Brothers Thursday, May 26 on the Mello Yello stage for a free concert. Friday night’s concert on the Coca-Cola stage will highlight chart toppers Montgomery Gentry and Chris Young followed by Kellie Pickler and Grammy award-winning The Band Perry on Saturday, May 28. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night performances are $15 with limited supplies remaining.
  2. DRIVERS: Fans attending the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will flock to the festival for access to their favorite drivers. Among the drivers to attend are Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. Appearances are subject to change. For a complete lineup of driver appearances, please visithttp://600festival.com/appearance-schedule.
  3. Circle K Fuels Fun: Festival sponsor Circle K is holding nothing back to show festival attendees a good time. On Friday, May 27 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., fans can get an autograph from the driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, Kyle Busch. In addition, racers can compete against other fans in the Circle K i-Racing school bus and receive a keepsake photo at the Circle K Tap Snap photo area.
  4. SHARE A COKE AND A SONG: Visit the Coca-Cola display on Thursday, May 26 to celebrate a moment, a memory, a mood or a feeling through the universal love of music. Packages of Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coke Zero™ and Coca-Cola Life® will feature an array of song lyrics from recent chart-toppers, classic hits and traditional favorites as part of the “Share a Coke® and a Song” campaign. The “Share a Coke® and a Song” tour will be at Circle K & Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola allowing guests to refresh with an ice-cold Coca-Cola, while singing, dancing and listening to music lyrics with friends and family.
  5. PNC SPEED STREET 5K: The second annual 5k welcomes the young and young at heart to race through the streets of Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola on Saturday, May 28 starting at 8 a.m. At 8:45 a.m., a 600-yard fun run will take place for children inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame. To register for the run, visithttp://speedstreet5k.racesonline.com/register.
  6. WHICH ‘CUE ARE YOU? Heinz has partnered with some of the nation’s top BBQ pit masters to create a new lineup of BBQ sauces inspired by legendary barbecue regions like Kansas City, Missouri, Memphis, Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina. Stop by to sample all five sauces.
  7. #IDRIVEMYHEALTH: Lilly Diabetes will be at Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola bringing awareness to its #IDriveMyHealth show car tour. Activities include photos with driver Ryan Reed’s show car, a tire-changing simulator and diabetes management tips.
  8. A Bite-Sized Taste of Heaven: While strolling the festival, enjoy Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers. The lip-smacking, sweetly-sour, mind-warping tastiness is a bite-sized bit of heaven. With bright dual-colored pieces and playful shapes, Sour Brite Crawlers offer festival goers the candy they crave.
  9. CIRCLE K KIDS’ ZONE: There are activities for children of all ages at the annual event, including the Circle K Kids’ Zone on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Bounce houses, games, slides and a variety of activities are sure to please the young. In addition, family activities also will be located at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The NASCAR Hall of Fame plaza will be a second home for games, bounce houses, obstacles and more on Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Convenient parking is nearby to access the kids’ areas.
  10. BUY, SPIN AND WIN: The North Carolina Education Lottery has raised more than $4 billion dollars for education programs across North Carolina. Visit the North Carolina Education Lottery booth located near the corner of Tryon Street and Third Street to play the Buy, Spin and Win promotion.

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