The Charlotte Motor Speedway is known as 'America's Home for Racing', hosting their flagship Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, and the ROVAL 400 on October 13, as well as many other races throughout the calendar year. Lake Norman is a favorite among fans to stay at whenever they come to catch a race, due to the proximity to the speedway as well as its gorgeous setting, variety of restaurants, and the myriad of activities to enjoy during your stay. Take a look into some of the things our area has to offer in the racing world!

Dining Stops

Lancaster's Eastern-Style BBQ has two establishments, one in Huntersville, and the other in Mooresville, and is a fantastic option for all racing fans. Their dining room is decked from top to bottom and everything in between in NASCAR gear! They blend in classic barbeque entrees like pulled pork and beef brisket with house specialties like 'Redneck Fries' and hush puppies. Seriously, it doesn't get better as a racing fan than North Carolina 'Que and NASCAR memorabilia everywhere.

Located within Birkdale Village, Red Rocks Café beckons as a prime dining spot in NASCAR territory.  The restaurant is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike, offering delicious American-style food at great prices. Whether you're craving a steak cooked medium-rare, or just a delicious pasta, Red Rocks has you covered.

Lancaster's BBQ

Birkdale Village



Joe Gibbs Racing Shop

Racing Shops and Activities

The NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, serves as an immersive tribute to the rich history of NASCAR. Visitors can test their racing skills in in-car simulators, perform a pit stop on a stock car, and explore artifacts and exhibits chronicling the sport's evolution—all under one roof.

Joe Gibbs Racing boasts a roster of talented drivers, including Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, known for their exceptional performances on the track. Open to the public, the team's shop offers access to its gift store, showcases various artifacts highlighting JGR's history, and provides a glimpse into the car assembly garage. Truex Jr. secured his inaugural victory at Charlotte in 2019 during the Coca-Cola 600, showcasing his dominance. Visitors might even catch a glimpse of Joe Gibbs himself during their visit to the race shop.

Joe Gibbs Racing Fan Fest

Every fall (usually October), Joe Gibbs hosts a special fan fest, offering a unique opportunity to mingle with NASCAR's elite. Collect autographs from drivers and crew members, enjoy a NASCAR Cup hauler parade, as well as a firework show to cap the evening off.

JGR Fan Fest


Victory Lap

Have an itch to do some racing of your own? Take it slow - or fast, and check out Frankie’s Fun Park located in Huntersville for a family-friendly racing experience, the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, or Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte.

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.

Lake Norman has plenty of great hotels for a NASCAR-themed getaway. Eat where the drivers eat, explore their hangouts, and stay in the area that so many call home. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vibe or high-speed fun, Lake Norman has it all for your perfect weekend getaway. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram and share how you're enjoying your time here!