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Is That A NASCAR Race Car Driving Around Uptown?

Charlotte Motor Speedway

You may see a few NASCAR race cars cruising through uptown Charlotte later this week. That's one of the upcoming highlights of the Sprint Media Tour, the sport's annual preseason showcase hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The media tour brings NASCAR's top drivers, team owners and personalities to the Charlotte area this week. Charlotte Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Scott Cooper told reporters in Concord Monday morning that the idea is pretty simple:

"Everybody that's anybody within this sport – we hope you're going to have an opportunity to chat with (them) throughout the week and help you as you go into the rest of the season," Cooper said.

He said about 220 reporters are here for the week-long media tour, and some traveled from as far as Brazil and Germany.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway has hosted the tour for 31 years. This time around, NASCAR plans to show off the new version of the stock car that drivers will race this season. The Ford racing team will even take a few of them for a spin in uptown on Thursday.