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Published 5/31/24

Sights from North Carolina Speedweeks 2024

WORDS: THE BLOCK

PHOTOS: NATE LIGHT

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HOT ROD Power Tour is a trip like no other. Each June, thousands of hot rod brethren load up and visit a different city each day on a weeklong journey. Throughout the event, Chevrolet Performance maintains a significant presence.

Stock car racing and North Carolina have been intertwined for more than eight decades. Nearly all NASCAR teams make their home in the Charlotte area, and the sport itself can trace many of its roots to the hills of the Old North State. The Chevrolet brand has been part of it all since the beginning, with dozens of legends steering its vehicles.

A motorsports celebration takes place over the last two weeks of May in North Carolina. Racing from the grassroots to the professional ranks is on full display. 

While North Carolina is a racing hotbed year-round, the end of May features a celebration of the sport. For two weeks straight, racing can be found on dirt and asphalt ovals in the state nearly every night of the week.  

Throughout the two-week period, hundreds of drivers take to the track at the grassroots level, many with Chevrolet Performance crate engines* under the hood.

Chase Elliott scored the NASCAR Xfinity Series win on Memorial Day weekend in front of an appreciative crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Meanwhile, the three NASCAR national series are also in action, highlighted by the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway and one of the sport’s crown jewels: the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Charlotte race serves as the conclusion to the extensive period of competition. 
 
Among this year’s Bowtie highlights, Nick Sanchez of Rev Racing drove his Chevrolet Silverado RST to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory at the 1.5-mile Charlotte track on the Friday before Memorial Day. His truck chief, Chris Showalter, has been a part of all 700 Truck Series races and celebrated his birthday with a trip to Victory Lane.
 
On Saturday, Chase Elliott claimed the NASCAR Xfinity Series win in one of his rare starts in the series. Elliott, who has won six consecutive Most Popular Driver awards, won the 2020 Cup Series title and 2014 Xfinity Series championship.  
 
Finally, although only 249 of Sunday’s scheduled 400 laps could be completed due to weather, the pageantry of the Coca-Cola 600 was in full effect as Chevrolet NASCAR Cup Series teams performed in front of the sold-out grandstands and infield. Ultimately, Team Chevy claimed four of the top-10 finishing positions. 

The extensive May racing slate in North Carolina culminates each year with the crown-jewel Coca-Cola 600 at “America’s Home for Racing.”

Once again this year, our cameras captured many shots from the short tracks to the speedway, featuring the best of the Bowtie. 
 
An extensive photo gallery is below. 
 
Also, keep watching The BLOCK for more on Chevrolet Performance and all motorsports disciplines.
 
*Because of their effect on a vehicle’s emissions performance, these engines are intended exclusively for use in competition vehicles. These engines are designed and intended for use in vehicles operated exclusively for competition: in racing or organized competition on courses separate from public roads, streets or highways. Installation or use of these engines on a vehicle operated on public roads, streets or highways is likely to violate U.S., Canadian, and state and provincial laws and regulations related to motor vehicle emissions.

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