If delegates going to the 2014 Going On Faith Conference in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, in August think they’re headed to one of the meccas of American car racing, they’re only half right.
Undoubtedly, this is an epicenter for NASCAR and other types of car racing, but anyone who knows much at all about North Carolina also knows that scenery, tradition, hospitality and ambiance define anywhere you go in that Southern state.
“Sure, our delegates are going to want to be there to hear some drivers rev their engines a few times at this conference,” said conference CEO Joe Cappuzzello, “but they’re also going to want to simply relax and enjoy where they are as well. The Tar Heel State is one of America’s most enjoyable from so many perspectives. The food, the pace, the reverence for tradition and American values, that’s all here, too.”
Head to the Track
The Charlotte Motor Speedway and zMax Dragway is an iconic venue for car racing in America. It is home track to many of the country’s best-known racing teams. Sprint Cup events are held there every May and October, and it is the site of the country’s only drag racing track where four cars can line up side by side to race.
Racing teams that call Cabarrus County home include Stewart-Haas Racing and 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. Hendricks Motorsports is there, too, home to two of the sport’s most celebrated drivers: Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Speaking of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Cabarrus County is home to the Dale Trail, named for racing legend Dale Earnhardt, who hailed from Kannapolis. Delegates will spend much of their time in that historic North Carolina city and will drive past the bronze memorial to one of NASCAR’s greatest legends.
Sweet Buy and Buy
What’s the most visited attraction in all of North Carolina? Is it the Biltmore House in Asheville, the historic city of Old Salem, the Charlotte Motor Speedway? No, it’s Concord Mills Mall, a shopping complex in Cabarrus County that draws more than 17 million visitors each year. Designed and built as an oval to showcase the area’s car racing heritage, Concord Mills is home to more than 200 retail stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond; Coach; and Bass Pro Shops.
“Our delegates are going to be amazed at the size and scope of Concord Mills,” said Cappuzzello. “Shopping is such an integral part of the travel experience today, and Concord Mills has an international reputation as a shopping destination. Many of our delegates drive in, and my guess is that they’ll leave with their trunks full of bargains when the conference is over.”