So you want to go to a NASCAR race!

Here are some helpful tips and hints to make your first NASCAR race a pleasant and an enjoyable experience. Everything you will read here are things we learned the hard way, So maybe by us telling you this information it will save you money, grief, and stress when going to the races.

PLANNING is the key to make your first race go smoothly. Start your planning early. This is one of the most important and easiest things you can do for yourself and it will allow you to get some of the lowest prices for your race day experience. 

Get your tickets early. Plan for the days off you need, Arrange for a sitter. Book your hotel and airline reservations early to take advantage of low cost packages as they become available. 

How early do you start? That depends on the race you want to go to. If you want to go to Daytona, Bristol, the Indy 500, Brickyard and Charlotte, just to name s few, you may need to start planning almost a year early. A lot of these races sell out early and have long waiting lists for tickets. So start early and order your tickets.

This one is a biggy! A lot of the hotels close to the tracks start taking reservations right after the conclusion of this year?s race. Many hotels will require a 3 or 4-day minimum stay. If you don?t mind driving, you can usually get good rates at hotels that are farther away from the track. For instance, if you are going to Bristol, you might check out the hotels in Newport or Knotsville. These cities are about 1 hour away from the track but usually have half the room rates of the cities close to the track.

Airline reservations:
Again start early. You can usually find-discounted tickets if you plan early. Look for package deals that include hotel and car rentals as well. But don?t get caught in the trap of paying more for these packages than you can get them for separately. Shop around to find the best deals. Also, consider flying into alternate airports, you may find better deals. For instance, look at the prices of flying into Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, or some of the surrounding cities instead of Daytona directly.

Rental cars also fall into the ?book them early category?.

If you don?t have tickets to the race you will want try the following places to get the tickets. 

If you have the time call the track directly. The tracks will tell you if they have tickets or not, and if not have them put you on there waiting list. The tracks can usually refer you to other sources for tickets if you ask.

If you are trying to get tickets at the last minute, still try the track because as the race get closer, especially the week before, tickets that people haven?t paid for will become available.

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Don?t give up. Keep looking. Try the Internet for ticket clubs. There are some very good clubs that buy, trade, and sell tickets but never at more than the face value of the tickets.

DO NOT PAY MORE THAN FACE VALUE FOR THE TICKETS. If you do pay over face value that is called scalping. A lot of tracks have rules about scalping and if the tracks find out the person who purchased the tickets scalped them; that person will loose the privilege of buying tickets from the track. 

 However, at some tracks it?s legal. You can usually get tickets the day of the race if you want to pay 2 to 4 times the face value of the tickets. If you have a lot of money to burn then go for it. But watch out, there are some folks out there that sell fake and forged tickets.

If you want a stress free day, plan to be gone the entire day. Pack a cooler full of food and drinks. Wear comfortable shoes, and if there is any weather in the area, bring a change of clothes with extra shoes. Leave early, get to the track early and plan to stay at the track for a while after the race.

If you wait until the last minute to go to the track you WILL be caught in traffic and could miss the start of the race. If you bolt out of the track and try to beat the crowds leaving the track you may miss the end of the race and still be caught in traffic leaving the track.

Our suggestion is to tail gate and here is how it works. First leave for the track early. How early you need to leave will vary on how far away you are and if the race is a premiere race. For instance, we stay with some friends that live just outside of Detroit when we go the to Michigan race. It?s about 40 miles to the track. The race starts at 12:30 or 1:00 PM. We usually leave at 7 or 7:30 am to drive to the track. This gets us to the track at between 8:30 to 9:30 am. We usually hit Burger King for breakfast on the way.

Once we get to the track we take a nap for an hour or so then go check out the souvenir trailers. We spend an hour or so at the trailers and there is time built in here to wait in line if one of the drivers is doing autographs. We go back to the car and drop off our booty so we don?t have to worry about it during the race. We might eat something before the race if we want to.

We try to get to our seats about 1 hour prior to the start of the race so we can get settled and get our stuff ready for the race. The food at the tracks is pricey so if you want to save money bring your own food and drinks in a small cooler. (SEE THE RESTRICTIONS PAGE to find out what you can bring into the track).

 It never ceases to amaze us to watch people leave the race with 10 to 20 laps to go so they don?t get caught in traffic. Why spend all the money for tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, food, and other stuff, to watch a race, only to leave the race before the end of the race. Just doesn?t make since to us. So plan on sitting in your seat for a while after the race and listen to MRN, on your FanComm scanner, as they do the post race interviews. Let the rest of the masses fight their way out of the stands and out to there cars, only to sit in them for a couple of hours caught in the mad rush out of the track.

 Sit back and relax for a while and let the stands empty, then start making your way back to your car. As other folks leave the track inch by inch, you can get out dinner and tail gate for a couple of hours or until the traffic starts moving freely out of the track.

We usually take a small charcoal or propane barbeque and cook hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs, Brots, or what ever you want to eat. Sometimes we take KFC with all the trimmings. We pack this stuff in a big cooler with lots of ice to keep it cold until we need it. There are other things you can use the ice water for as well. 

 Can you imagine being in Daytona on the 4th of July in 90 degree plus temperatures, that ice water feels real good at the end of the race?

When the traffic starts moving freely, we pack up and drive back to our friend?s house and get there at about 7 or 8 PM. So plan on a full day at the track

Hearing Protection:
Ok you know it had to come sometime, and this is where I try and get you to use our Headsets, Intercom, and Scanners.

The noise at A NASCAR race varies from about 70 to 130 decibels (Db).  90 Db?s is usually considered the low end of the harmful range. Noise over 90 DB can cause hearing damage At tracks like Bristol, that is totally surrounded by seats, the noise is 115 Db constant and peaks at 125 Db for the start and restarts. .

You need to use some kind of hearing protection. The race is 4 hours long and it makes the experience so much more enjoyable if you have the protection. Please check out our hearing loss web page to check out the noise levels. Remember, if you don?t use our protection please us some form of protection.

So order your FanComm race package that will let you talk to each other over the noise of the cars, and listen to your favorite driver(s) and/or the race broadcast as the headsets protect your hearing during the race. Go to the RENTALS page to find the package of Intercom, Headsets, and Scanners that will suit your needs.

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 Don?t Forget:

  1. Lots of water 

  2. Suntan lotion or Sunscreen

  3. Wet wipes

  4. Aspirin

  5. Toilet Paper. (YES Toilet paper). There is nothing worse than being stranded, because your out of paper, while on the bowl. The bathrooms at the tracks run out of paper and paper towels very quickly. Remember we?re talking 80,000 to 300,000 people at these races.

  6. Wear comfortable shoes.

  7. Band Aids

  8. Your Tickets.

  9. Plastic rain ponchos (If you have them it will never rain, it's when you forget to take them you will need them!).

 It may look like your moving out with all this stuff, but it?s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

 If you follow these helpful hints, your first NASCAR race will be a pleasurable one. If you have other questions about specific races and tracks, emails us at our offices. Our email addresses are on the EMAIL page of this web site.
Have A great day at the Track! See you at the races 

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