Visit Lake Norman for the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race, and you may find yourself sitting next to your favorite driver! Our central location provides easy access to all racing attractions in the area, with Joe Gibbs Racing located in Huntersville, the NASCAR Hall of Fame located in Charlotte, and the Speedway itself all within a 20-mile radius. What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than a day out on Lake Norman, dinner at a waterfront restaurant, and getting the chance to witness one of NASCAR’s most historic and traditional spectacles?
NASCAR diver Denny Hamlin, driver of the number 11 FedEx car is a co-owner of Little Big Burger, located in Cornelius. “I’m excited to open my first Little Big Burger in my own community, right down the street from where I live,” said Hamlin. Grab a delicious burger for lunch, but don’t forget the fries!
Red Rocks Café, located in Birkdale Village in Huntersville, is a great food option in NASCAR country. Red Rocks has a reputation of being a hotbed for activity and fun, and you might run into your favorite driver as the restaurant is popular with plenty of people within the racing world. With a driver-themed menu, you can eat your favorite driver’s meal for a reasonable price.
Racing Shops and Activities
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. You can practice your racing skills in the in-car simulators, perform a pit-stop on a stock car, and see a plethora of artifacts and exhibits depicting the history of NASCAR all in the same location.
Joe Gibbs Racing employs several drivers and two of their most dominant drivers on the track are Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch. Their shop is open to the public, with the opportunity to shop in the team’s gift shop, see various artifacts throughout the history of JGR, and even get a look inside the garage where the cars are built. Kyle Busch captured his first win at Charlotte in 2018 with a dominating victory in the Coca-Cola 600. Joe Gibbs himself may come strolling into his race shop while you are there. If so, he will sign a copy of his 'Game of Life' book for a keepsake.
Want the true NASCAR experience? Get behind the wheel of a stock car at the Richard Petty Driving experience, located at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With Speeds up to 165 MPH, it’s the only place in the area where you can truly put the pedal to the metal.
With 19 great hotels to choose from, Lake Norman provides the NASCAR experience right at your fingertips. Dine in the restaurants the drivers dine in, play in the places they play, and stay in the area many drivers call home. No matter what pit-stops you make along the way, Lake Norman’s combination of activities and fun bring a relaxing (or speedy) vibe to your Memorial Day weekend.