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The NASCAR Racing Experience's team of driving instructors specializes in NASCAR-themed Cinderella stories: at whichever world-famous speedway they're visiting, they give civilians the chance to drive real NASCAR race cars that have actually been raced by NASCAR superstars for a few hours. That means getting behind the wheel of a real NASCAR race car that's been driven by Dale Jr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and other NASCAR favorites and putting the pedal to the medal. Unlike other racing experiences, there?s no lead car to follow here, you're driving by yourself and yes, passing is allowed! The instructors still offer guidance though, coaching those driving solo over a two-way car radio, and speed-chauffeuring racing enthusiasts around the track on ride-alongs.

1301 Harry Byrd Highway
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Buck Baker Racing School allows speed-hungry race fans to strap into an authentic Sprint Cup stock car and take it out for a leisurely spin around Charlotte Motor Speedway. The school's masters of acceleration will instruct motorpupils during a roughly one-hour pre-drive class. Afterward, take shotgun while wearing the provided helmet and fire suit along with tennis shoes inside a bona fide, previously driven Sprint Cup Ford, Chevy, or Dodge, and ride along as your instructor powers around the 1.5-mile speedway, during which they'll dish out informative tips on driving and snappy catch phrases such as, "Zounds! I own 300 shares of Apple stock!" Once rookie racers are ready, they'll switch seats with instructors and kindle rubber with 10 full laps around the speedway's 24-degree-banked turns, imagining that 165,000 spectators are cheering them on as they take a respectable 17th place out of 12,000 cars.

1301 Harry Byrd Highway
Darlington,
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Too Tough To Tame 200, held in Darlington, South Carolina, marks the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' return to Darlington Raceway. Starting at 7:30 p.m., racers will take to the oval-shaped track for 200 miles of swift shifting and fast-paced fun. Watch with admiration as the wallpapered automobiles loop the famed 1.366-mile raceway, cheering for your favorite wheels as they work toward record-breaking times and ultimate toughness. With the gates opening at 10 a.m., arrive early to get your peepers in on the practice and qualifying action, or to take advantage of the included pre-race pit pass to score yourself some pro-drivers' signatures. The adult pit pass, which requires the wearing of shoes and shirt, is valid from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

1301 Harry Byrd Hwy
Darlington,
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