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Dirt Track Racing Experience, Charlotte

Get behind the wheel of a race car at Charlotte's Carolina Speedway, one of the oldest dirt racetracks in the South. Feel the adrenaline rush as you slide around the corners and experience dirt track racing, one of the most thrilling motor sports out there.
Where:Charlotte, North Carolina
Age restriction:Minimum age for participation - 18 years
Price for:1 Participant
5 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway
5 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway
Old price: $249.00
Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway 10 laps
10 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway
Old price: $399.00
Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway 15 laps
15 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway
Old price: $589.00
Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway Ride Along
Ride-Along 3 laps - Dirt Track Racing - Carolina Speedway
Ride shotgun in a race car driven by a professional instructor for a 3-lap qualifying run.
Old price: $129.00

Experience dirt track car racing for yourself!

Nothing compares to dirt 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 around Carolina Speedway’s clay oval and that’s dirt car racing!

No previous racing experience required!

You’ll start with an orientation and safety session that will have you fully prepared for the driving experience 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, improving your technique with each time around.

2024 Dates*

  • May 11, 2024

*Dates are subject to change 
This experience has limited space and only selected dates to choose from.


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

What's included:

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

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!
  • 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 race car 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:

  • All of the race cars are equipped with standard transmissions. If you need assistance operating a standard vehicle the pit crews will help you exit the pit area and get to speed quickly.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license to participate in this driving experience.
  • 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-toed 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 greater 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 the driver is 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 or when you reserve your day/time with the experience provider.

Whether you are treating yourself or buying this as an experience gift for the racing fan in your life, this heart-pounding dirt track driving experience provides the ultimate thrill ride! 

Carolina Speedway is located in Gastonia, just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.   VIEW MAP

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