First Timer Tips

First Time Participant at Charlotte Motor Speedway? Then please check out the following:

Parking & Registration:

  • Register for each event in advance online.
  • Enter CMS at the Tunnel Entrance in Turn #3. Everyone is required to stop and sign in.
  • Be courteous and respectful to CMS employees and the event volunteers.
  • Park near the garages. Registration and bathrooms are located in the garages.
  • Sorry – No concessions are for sale at the Speedway during our time trials.

Timing Chips & Bib Numbers:

  • Attach your timing chip to your left ankle as soon as you pick it up.
  • NO CHIP = NO TIME, so don’t leave your chip in the car!
  • Attach your bib number to your left side.
  • Don’t mix up chips! (If picking up timing chips for more than one rider, remember that each chip is assigned to a specific rider.)
  • Volunteers will collect your chip at the end of the ride.
  • The area around the Start/Finish line is RF Sensitive and your chip may be detected from as far as 20 feet! Please give the Start/Finish line a wide berth when wearing your chip after timing for the event has started (usually 6:30 p.m.).

Warm-up:

  • On the Speedway from about 5:00 p.m. until about 6:15 p.m.
  • In the infield area from about 5:00 p.m. until your start time.
  • You may also set up a trainer next to your vehicle or inside a garage.

At the Start Line:

  • The start line and finish line are both located on Pit Road.
  • Reset your computer’s trip distance to zero, so you will know when you are finishing your ten-mile ride.
  • At the start line, volunteers are usually available to hold you. Use of the holders is optional. While being held, grasp one brake lever. The holder will count down from five, then say, “go” and give you a slight push. Be sure to release the brake and start pedaling.
  • Instruct family and friends to watch and cheer, but also to be careful walking across pit road, as bicycle/pedestrian collisions near the start/finish line have already caused injuries.

On The Track:

  • Your ride starts on pit road, which takes you to the main track. You then cross the NASCAR finish line six times. After your sixth crossing, you complete your seventh lap by finishing on pit road, for a total of ten miles.
  • NUMBER ONE RULE ON THE TRACK: Ride in a predictable and reasonably straight line.
  • No drafting, and no blocking (riding unnecessarily too far out to the right).
  • Track marshals, communicating with each other via radio, monitor drafting and blocking, and disqualify violators.

After Your Ride:

  • Results are posted on the website, typically in 24 to 48 hours.
  • We are also posting live results on a computer screen at the start-finish area.
  • Over the course of the full year series, riders earn points in their age or racing category and compete for first, second, and third place medals.
  • Returning riders also compete to better their personal records.
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