Some more events to mark on the race week calendar:
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Richard Childress Racing will host its fan appreciation day at the team’s headquarters in Welcome from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clint Bowyer will sign autographs at 9:30 a.m., Scott Wimmer and Tim McCreadie at 9:45, Jeff Burton at 10 a.m., Kevin Harvick at 10:15 and Richard Childress and his grandsons, Ty and Austin Dillon, at 10:30. Tickets for each 30-minute session will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kurt Busch will serve as a celebrity bartender at Buchkead Saloon at 201 East Fifth Street from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. on behalf of the Hands on Charlotte charity.
The NASCAR Foundation’s Track Walk gives fans the chance to walk around the track at the 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway to raise money for the foundation and Speedway Children’s Charities. The walk starts at 10 a.m. Register online at www.nascar.com/foundation or at the track at a booth near the Avenue of Flags at the Smith Tower. It’s open Thursday from 1 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can also register at Gate 26 from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $30. Children under 14 can walk for free with a paid adult.