ROVAL 400 Fan Guide: races, concerts and other high-octane happenings

CHARLOTTE — Before the drama of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs plays out on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, race fans can check out these high-octane happenings, both on and off the track.

Concerts and Fan Festivities

Music fans can see Poison lead singer Bret Michaels on Friday and rockers 3 Doors Down on Saturday during the Rock the ROVAL event.

Admission to the concerts is free for anyone who has a ticket to any of the weekend’s NASCAR events.

Joe Gibbs Racing will host a fan fest at the speedway, featuring an autograph session and driver appearances by drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Ty Gibbs and Brandon Jones on Friday beginning at 5 p.m.

Fans will also be treated to a hauler parade through the fan zone at 7:30 p.m.

The fan zone, where there will be driver appearances by some of NASCAR’s biggest names, interactive games and displays, food trucks, souvenir haulers and other activities, will be open Friday through Sunday. Admission to the fan zone is free for anyone who has a ticket to any of the weekend’s NASCAR events.

For a complete schedule of entertainment and events, click here.

The Races


The championship contenders of the NASCAR Xfinity Series will battle it out during the Drive for the Cure 250 on Saturday at 3 p.m.

There will be plenty of action before the green flag waves. Xfinity Series practice starts at 10 a.m. and qualifying begins at 10:30 a.m.

Cup Series practice begins at 12 p.m. and qualifying starts at 1 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $35. Children ages 12 and younger get in free.


The fifth running of the NASCAR Cup Series ROVAL 400 is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Grammy-winning rap star Nelly will perform in the infield before the race at 12 p.m. and country singer Cassadee Pope will perform the national anthem.

Ticket prices start at $49. Children ages 12 and younger get in for $10.

Know Before You Go

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance. On race days, select gates will be open for ticket sales as well.

All tickets and parking passes will be mobile and delivered digitally.

Concessions are cashless, and all major credit and debit cards are accepted.

Fans may bring one soft-sided cooler no larger than 14x14x14 inches and one bag or backpack no larger than 18x18x14 inches. Hard coolers are not allowed through the gates.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to charlottemotorspeedway.com.

In addition to the action happening at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is hosting a “Curators’ Chat” with its 2023 class, which includes Matt Kenseth, Hershel McGriff and Kirk Shelmerdine, on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. An autograph session with the newest inductees will follow at 10:50 a.m. The events are included with general admission to the Hall of Fame.

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