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Dirt Track Racing Experience, Carolina Speedway

Get behind the wheel of a dirt race car at Carolina Speedway and feel the adrenaline rush as you slide around the corners. Experience one of the most thrilling motor sports out there.
Where: Gastonia, North Carolina
Age restriction: Minimum age for participation - 18 years
Price for: 1 Participant
Picture of 5 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway
5 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway
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10 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway
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15 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway


Check this dirt track car racing experience off your bucket list!

There is nothing else in the world like dirt track racing, and those who know and love racing always go back to dirt. Take the acceleration and speed of asphalt racing and combine it with the sideways thrills of drifting and that’s dirt track racing.

No racing experience is required. You’ll receive instruction that will have you fully prepared to have the time of your life.

While you’re on the track, via the radio in your helmet, your instructor will give you constant guidance throughout the experience ensuring that you will be driving faster each lap and improving your technique with each one.

What's included:

  •  Dirt track racing car.
  • 45-minute class instruction.
  • Safety equipment including helmet, fire resistant suits, and HANS device.

2020 Dates*

  • October 31, 2020


*Dates are subject to change 


  • Speed laps around Carolina Speedway, a 4/10 mile clay track.
  • You drive a Legend’s Modified, Late Model, UMP Modified, Big Block Modified or Sprint Car.
  • You’ll receive instruction from driving professionals.
  • Drive like you’ve never driven before.

The Cars

You’ll be able to select from one of the following types of cars:

  • L-Mods: L-Mods are fun to drive, easy to control in a slide and surprisingly fast!
  • Sprint Cars: The raw acceleration and corner speed of the car as it leans on that huge right rear tire coming out of the corner will leave you in awe.
  • Late Models: There’s nothing comparable to throwing a dirt Late Model down into the corner and coming back to the throttle as that left front tire starts lifting off the ground.
  • Big Block Modified: The Beasts of the East! There’s something special about the center steer big block style modified. Fans of these are passionate for good reason.
  • IMCA – UMP Style Modifieds: If you’re looking for the car to move around a little more, and really feel the racetrack then this is the car for you. The IMCA style mod is the most popular racecar in the world. Its an entry level dirt car and makes it easy for a driver with little to no experience to go dirt racing.

 *Car types are subject to availability.

Need to know:

  • You must have a valid driver’s license to participate in the driving experiences.
  • To participate you must be at least 18 years old.
  • Dress comfortably for the weather in shorts or pants and a t-shirt. You will be required to wear a full fire suit over your clothing.
  • Drivers should wear sneakers, something with a flexible sole. Open toe shoes are not allowed.
  • All drivers & riders must have the ability to climb through a 15” high by 28” wide window that sits 35” from the ground.
  • Drivers must be at least 5′ tall. Maximum height is 6′ 3″. Waist and chest can be no bigger than 48".
  • Family and friends are welcome to come and watch your experience.
  • Please note that this experience is dependent on weather. Should your date be cancelled due to weather, your certificate will be honored for a future date. No refunds can be issued.
  • You are financially responsible for all damage caused to the car if crashed while you are driving. A Vehicle Protection Plan is available for $30.00, subject to a $1000.00 deductible or for $45 subject to a $500 deductible. You can purchase optional insurance at the race car track on the day of your event.

Carolina Speedway, one of the oldest and most successful dirt race tracks in the South, is located on the North Carolina/ South Carolina border in Gastonia, a short drive from Charlotte, North Carolina.  VIEW MAP

Dirt Track Car Racing Experience is sure to be an incredible adventure for thrill seekers and racing fans and makes a truly unique gift!

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