The race to the infield, more NASCAR fans arrive in Charlotte

- There was no on-track action on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the place was still buzzing with excitement ahead of NASCAR's longest event scheduled for Sunday.

A mock military fly over in front of hundreds of fans was part of preparation on Friday for the Coca-Cola 600 weekend.

"It's really kinda cool actually. We have never experienced anything like this," said Lisa Munch, who was camping at her first NASCAR race.

The sound of generators replaced an otherwise empty infield from just a few days ago. Nearly every camping space was filled by Friday evening.

Fans like Greg Quillen, who traveled more than six hours from Kentucky, arrived early Friday afternoon.

"I'd say if you catch me out of the chair anytime before Monday you've done something wrong," said Quillen.

Fans parked next to Quillen were displaying their hometown and even home country pride.

Every type of camping vehicle you can think of make up the mini-camp city inside Charlotte Motor Speedway.

When we mention camping, the first thing you may think about bringing is a camper, but for NASCAR fans they bring anything they can get their hands on. That includes school buses, that are custom fitted.

"A lot of people who haven't been to a race need to come because a lot of people think it's just going around and around in circles and it's not. It's just a lot of fun to watch," said Carmen Knox, who traveled in to Charlotte on Thursday from Virginia.

Knox has been camping at the speedway for more than 20 years. She arrived ready to watch hours of racing, before heading back  to Virginia on Monday.

"Charlotte is our favorite race. It's just the best race to go to," said Knox.

An exciting track, where once the checkered flag waves, will quickly return to acres of quiet space.

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