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Coca-Cola Kicks Off Unofficial Start of Summer With One of World's Largest Picnics Friday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the unofficial start of summer, and Coca-Cola is celebrating the occasion...

Coca-Cola Kicks Off Unofficial Start of Summer With One of World's Largest Picnics

Friday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the unofficial start of summer, and Coca-Cola is celebrating the occasion in a big way. In fact, when you've got a 1,320-ft long grill as the centerpiece of your summer picnic, it doesn't get much bigger.

NASCAR has always presented fans with opportunities to get up close and personal with their favorite drivers, but Coca-Cola Racing Family members Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip and Joey Logano are taking things a step further.

The drivers will take their first lap of the weekend around Charlotte Motor Speedway on foot, joining thousands of fans for a walk around the 1.5-mile track as part of the Coca-Cola Track Walk, a season-long program designed to get people active in conjunction with their favorite sport.

Then, before strapping themselves into their race cars for this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the drivers and fans will take part in some traditional picnic games including spoon races and a water balloon toss.

As part of the picnic festivities, the drivers also will swap their helmets for chef's hats, helping cook some tasty fare on the nation's longest grill, which stretches a quarter-mile in length, burns 7,000 pounds of charcoal and easily feeds more than 10,000 people.

When: Friday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About: The event is free and open to ticket and annual credential holders for the Coca-Cola 600.

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, on the track and along pit road

- Assembly of the nation's largest grill being built on the track

- NASCAR drivers lighting the grill with oversized matchsticks and serving food to fans

- Drivers leading thousands of fans in a walk around the 1.5-mile track

-source: cms

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Ryan Newman , Clint Bowyer , Joey Logano