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Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Style Racing Experience

Put your driving skills to the ultimate test. Push a real race proven stock car to its limit at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway!
North Carolina:Charlotte
Where:Hickory, North Carolina
Age restriction:Minimum age for participation - 18 years
Price for:1 Participant
5 laps Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina
Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina - 5 laps
Old price: $299.00
10 laps Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina
Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina - 10 laps
Old price: $599.00
15 laps Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina
Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina - 15 laps
Old price: $699.00
20 laps Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina
Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina - 20 laps
Old price: $799.00
Ride-along 3-laps Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina
Hickory Motor Speedway, North Carolina - Ride Along - 3 laps
Ride shotgun in a NASCAR stock car driven by a professional instructor for a 3-lap qualifying run.
Old price: $139.00

Real stock cars, real racing, real FAST!

If you've ever dreamed of chasing the checkered flag on an actual NASCAR track, in a real race car, this is your chance to make that dream come true. This stock car driving experience puts you behind the wheel of a 400-horsepower Late Model stock that has raced in professional competitions.

No previous stock car racing experience required!

Your adrenaline-pumping driving experience begins when you arrive at Hickory Motor Speedway and meet your racing instructors. They'll go over safety procedures, the flags used, how to enter and exit the track, cornering, passing, braking, and much more.

You’ll then get suited up in professional racing gear and climb behind the wheel of a Late Model stock car. The pit crew will make sure you are buckled snuggly into your 5-point racing harness and your one-way radio is connected to your helmet. As you are soaring around the track, they will be communicating with you the entire time helping you drive safely, while at the same time, getting your speed up to a mind-blowing level.

After a thumbs up, start your engine and head onto the track when the green flag is waved. It's just you, a powerful stock car and your driving skills taking you to the checkered flag.

2024 Dates* 

  • April 18, 2024

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


  • Experience the awesome power of a Late Model stock car that has raced in professional competitions.
  • It’s just you in the car going as fast as you can around Hickory Motor Speedway’s banked 0.36-mile oval.
  • You’ll be wearing a fire-retardant driver's suite, a full-face helmet with one-way radio communication, and a HANS device.
  • Receive instruction from veteran racing professionals.

How fast will I be able to go?

  • Real fast! You will be driving by yourself in the race car. Speeds vary with each driver’s individual performance.

Location: Hickory Motor Speedway, Newton, North Carolina, a short drive from Charlotte.  VIEW MAP

The Cars:

  • All the racecars have standard transmissions.
  • If you need assistance operating a standard car, the pit crew will help you leave the pit area and get up to speed quickly.
  • You'll be driving a real stock car that has previously raced in professional competitions.
  • Race car engines range from 400 to 500 horsepower.
  • The Late Model cars are designed specifically for short oval racetracks. Their fibreglass body and strong chassis make the cars lighter and quicker than the NASCAR style Cup cars used at the bigger ovals.

Need to know:

  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • The minimum age to drive a race car is 18 years old.
  • Ride Along minimum age is 14 years and be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent.
  • Minimum height requirement is 5′ tall. Maximum height allowable is 6′ 4″.  Chest and waist can be no bigger than 52".
  • Drivers must be able to climb through a 28” wide x 15" high window that is 35” from the ground.
  • Please wear clothes that will be comfortable under the driver’s suit.
  • Closed-toed shoes are required. Your shoes should allow you to feel the pedals beneath the soles. A running shoe or equivalent usually works best (no boots). Open-toed shoes are not permitted.
  • This experience is weather dependent. If your racing event is cancelled due to rain or other inclement weather causing unsafe conditions, your certificate will be rescheduled for a future date. Refunds cannot be issued.
  • You are financially responsible for all damage caused to the car due to driver error. A Vehicle Protection Plan is available for $60.00, subject to a $1000.00 deductible. You can purchase optional insurance at the race car track on the day of your event. Due to the quality of the training and cars, damage is rare, but you will be responsible for any damage to the race car.

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