Racing holds a special place in my heart. The day we brought our first daughter home from the hospital. My husband was sitting in his recliner as she slept on his chest. Unwilling to wake her, he turned the channels until he settled on Nascar. Little did we know, the importance of that race. On the last lap… in turn four, the most revered driver in racing history lost his life. Watching the Nascar community come together in the days and months that followed, solidified our families love for racing. Sundays in our house after that day, were spent relaxing, watching race cars drive laps and turn left! It was only natural to declare Dale Earnhardt Jr. as our favorite driver.
Over the years, we’ve attended many races across the country. Our family recently had the pleasure to spend a weekend in North Carolina. The goal was to discover where racing lives. I’ve gathered the best tips for you to explore the heart of racing country. I can promise you though, one weekend in North Carolina simply isn’t enough!
The Dale Trail, located in Cabarrus County, NC. provides multiple stops to give an in-depth look at the legacy and heritage of Nascar legend Dale Earnhardt. We decided to start our weekend in North Carolina off at Hendrick Motorsports! When you pull into the complex turn your radio to 92.1 for racing facts, history and tips about your visit. My favorite item on display at Hendrick Motorsports is Dale Jr.’s 2014 Daytona 500 winning car. The confetti from the end of the race is still stuck all over the car. Plus you can see his race suit! Looking at the race suit, car and confetti gives you a first hand view of the excitement Dale Jr. and the team must have felt that day!
Our next stop on The Dale Trail, lead us north to Mooresville, NC! First to visit Dale Earnhardt Plaza. The plaza, granite monument, gardens and walkways give a chance to reflect on the numerous accomplishments during Dale Earnhardt’s racing career. At the plaza, be sure to notice the numerology incorporated. The base of the statue has seven sections representing Dale’s seven Winston Cup Championships. Eight lights shine on the statue, representing Ralph Earnhardt’s (Dale’s dad) race car number! Plus, the walkway around the plaza is shaped like an oval racetrack. So much love for the hometown hero went into the plaza. The 9 foot bronze statue of Dale is a perfect photo op to document your visit to Cabarrus County, NC!
Afterwards, we went to visit Jr Motorsports. The retail store is filled with Dale Jr. shirts, hats, and collectibles. JR Motorsports shop tours are available Thursday and Friday by emailing email@example.com. Visiting on a Saturday? Keep in mind most racing shops are only open 10am- 3PM.
Make sure to grab a few bags of Dale Jr’s signature potato chips. Oh my word, the Creole and Green Onion potato chips taste amazing! I will be ordering those chips by the case online from now on. Just a few doors down. You can also visit Martin Truex Racing, Kasey Kane Racing. And if you get lucky, you might spot the “King” at Petty Racing.
During our weekend in North Carolina, we had the chance to see some big truck racing during our visit to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway! Our family loved watched the Circle K Back-To-School Monster Truck Bash. These massive truck were revving their engines, flying high in the air, and even jumping over top of each other. The sounds of the motors, dirt flying, and North Carolina sunset is something we will never forget!
Where To Stay
7841 Gateway Lane NW
Concord, NC 28027
Phone – 704-979-1300
Do you watch racing? Have you visited Cabarrus County, NC? What will be the first place you visit on the Dale Trail?