Charlotte Motor Speedway opens campground for Dorian evacuees

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Updated: Sep. 2, 2019 at 4:47 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - As preparations for the Sept. 27-29 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 continue, Charlotte Motor Speedway has opened its campgrounds for evacuees from Hurricane Dorian.

Speedway officials opened Rock City Campground, on Bruton Smith Boulevard, and bathhouse facilities free of charge.

Evacuees are asked to check in at the Camping World Racing Resort office (6600 Bruton Smith Blvd, Concord, NC), which can be accessed at the entrance to zMAX Dragway. After-hours check-ins can be made in the camping section on the speedway’s website.

Officials say as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, they had 50 campsites occupied by more than 120 people impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Speedway officials say most people are evacuees from the coast. Some were actually traveling to the coast and have changed plans due to the storm.

Nearly all that have arrived so far have chosen to stay in the Camping World Racing Resort Campground located in front of zMAX Dragway, according to speedway officials.

By 6 p.m. Friday, the speedway had 50 campsites occupied by about 125 people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Officials said several people checked out Friday, and they expect many to leave over the weekend heading home, as they are checking out as soon as they hear things are clear on the coast, but they are continuing to provide space if needed.

The speedway is offering free tours twice a day and evacuees can sign up in the camping office.

Officials say they also have several Concord area businesses who are offering help.

Tijuana Flats, Bojangles’, Wal-Mart and Camping World dealership are providing complimentary meals this week. Additional businesses have dropped off coupons.

The Rock City Campground remains open free of charge and the campground bathhouse is open for evacuees.

Guests can reach the camping office by phone at 704-455-4445.

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