Stuck wondering what you should do during this upcoming Fall Break weekend? Do you need some thrill in your life? Are you looking for something exciting to do with your friends without breaking the bank? Well then get ready, because Charlotte Motor Speedway has a deal for you.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is set to return home to North Carolina for Sunday’s Bank of America 500, the kickoff race in the second round of NASCAR’s 2017 Playoffs. Twelve drivers are left with a shot at the 2017 MENCS championship, and this weekend’s race stands as one of the most crucial of the season. In addition, Sunday’s event is also one of the most-anticipated races in quite sometime for the speedway, and thousands of racing fans are ready to enjoy it.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. racing around Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo via Zach Darrow.

In an effort to try and get a larger college demographic out to the track, Charlotte Motor Speedway announced a ticket package for college students around the Charlotte area. With a valid student ID, a ‘Speedway College Party’ ticket will allow students access to the Turn 4 Sun Deck for Sunday’s race. The Sun Deck provides fans with one of the most unique experiences in racing. It’s an open-air terrace area with a DJ, lawn games, up-close views of the racing and a bar for those 21 and older. Free parking is included with the ‘Speedway College Party’ package, accompanied by an exclusive free area in the parking lot where college students are encouraged to come partake in the pre-race college tailgate party.

Sound like fun? Well wait, there’s more.

Sunday’s race will mark the final start at Charlotte for NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. He announced earlier this season that he’d retire at the end of 2017, meaning Sunday’s race is the last chance for many racing fans to see him compete in person. To help send him off in style, Charlotte Motor Speedway helped put together a ‘Salute to Junior Nation’ concert, which is scheduled for Saturday night. Country music stars Brad Paisley and Tim Dugger are set to perform at the concert, which is set to start at 7PM at zMAX Dragway. The concert is free to all Sunday ticket holders, including those with the ‘Speedway College Party’ package.

College students with a valid student ID can take part in all of these things, as well as the normal activities that go on during a NASCAR raceday, including the FanZone and Monster Energy activation areas, for only $29.

So for just less than the price of six Cookout trays, college students can revamp their Fall Break weekend from one of potential boredom into one full of unforgettable life-long memories. Tailgating, a Brad Paisley concert, racing, friends, and much more all for just less than $30.

If you would like more information or are interested in the ‘Speedway College Party’ deal, visit online at or on the phone by calling 1-800-455-FANS.

Southern California native who has made the trek across country to North Carolina to chase down my dreams and aspirations in the motorsports industry.