CONCORD, NC (FOX 46) - Amongst all the people attending the NHRA Carolina Finals at the Charlotte Motor Speedway you can make an argument no one experience is as unique as Greg Cornell's
Cornell is here because yes, he's a race fan, but also because he and his wife are Hurricane Irma evacuess from Florida.
Living near the Tampa area and not knowing if their house would be standing after the hurricane, the family loaded everything from important documents to things from their business and their RV and having been camping out at the speedway.
"We didn't take any chances because we live in a manufactured home. When they told us to evacuate, we saw what happened to the islands and said no way were we were staying," said Cornell.
Fortunately their home suffered minimal damage, but on their way back way the traffic was too much so the Greg and his wife headed back to the Charlotte area. Knowing that the Carolina Nationals were in town, Greg's wife went to hang with their son who lives in Matthews and Greg speeding his days at the track.
Despite being displaced and the uncertainty of their situation, Greg says this process has been refreshing.
"The experience at the Charlotte Motor Speedway has been great. The people are real nice. Everybody has been great. The whole thing has been pleasant, he said.