CONCORD, NC (WJZY) - Start your engines. NASCAR's All Star race and festivities are already underway.
This weekend is the big event - which kicks off two weeks of racing in Concord.
The action-packed schedule for Friday’s NASCAR Rain Party includes:
- 2:00-2:30 p.m. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Q&A with PRN’s Doug Rice at the Fan Zone
- 2:30-2:45 p.m. – Ryan Blaney Q&A with PRN’s Doug Rice at the Fan Zone
- 3:00-7:00 p.m. – Cornhole games at the Ford concourse near the Gate 6 entrance
- 3:00-3:45 p.m. – Liz Moriando live music on the concourse behind Smith Tower
- 3:30-4:00 p.m. – Brad Keselowski autograph session at the Penske Racing souvenir stand inside Gate 3 (subject to track conditions)
- 4:00-4:30 p.m. – Joey Logano autograph session at the Penske Racing souvenir stand inside Gate 3 (subject to track conditions)
- 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Johnny Reed Foley live music on the concourse behind Smith Tower
- 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Candis Elwood live music on the concourse behind Smith Tower
The NASCAR Rain Party will also feature movies and history-oriented videos including “One Hot Night,” and “The History of the Coca-Cola 600.” On the concourse, fans can take part in cornhole games, chat with Speedway TV personality Wilson and document their experiences on social media using the hashtag "#NASCARRainParty."
It's not the best weather but race fans have dealt with much worse before.
"We've seen a lot, and the year that it rained so bad, it was so muddy and we were walking in three inches of water and mud over here."
Imagine being in a camper during severe weather. Faith Abbott remembers several years ago when she said people had to evacuate their campers around the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"The tornado...it didn't come down, but it came over the campers, it was a mess over here," she said.
A few puddles are nothing they can't handle.
"We're race fans, so we're optimistic," Abbott said.
Well, some of them. Others? Not so much.
"It's horrible, to put it bluntly. It's bad. We were hoping to come down to some nice warm weather, but instead we're getting some grey clouds, and a little chilly," one fan told FOX 46 Charlotte.
At least fans can get some warm food and get in some activities that are less weather-dependent.
"We just sit around and we gab and visit and we go shopping, the girls go shopping, the boys sit and visit and drink beer," one fan explained.
As long as folks have plenty of tarps and a little shelter, they can stay here for weeks at a time. Some people do it for the back-to-back weekend of races.
"The fun part is just hanging out and talking to everybody and spending time together," one fan said.
And the rest is left up to what happens on Race Day!
"They got a lot of track drying stuff, so we'll put our faith in NASCAR and hope they can give the fans a good show Saturday night."