Heading to the track for a NASCAR race should be an American rite of passage. The cheering crowds, roaring engines, and the sights and sounds are just something that every American needs to experience at least once in their life. Heading to the track for race day is a bit different than catching a simple ballgame and will take more planning. Here’s what you need to know before your first NASCAR race.
Tips On What to Expect at Your First NASCAR Race
- It will be loud. NASCAR cars aren’t your everyday stock cars. They are souped up and mad at the world, and you can hear it. You also have roaring crowds to contend with and depending on the track, the crowds could number into six digits. Ear protection is recommended for everyone attending a NASCAR race and especially if your ears are sensitive.
- There will be plenty of traffic. The majority of those tens of thousands of spectators will be arriving and departing the track at the same time and as you can imagine, they clog up the roads. One way around this is to plan out your entrance and exit before, and try to find easier routes. Some tracks also release traffic patterns and routes to the public before the race to help guide you in and out, depending on where you need to be. Check your respective track’s website to find these traffic patterns and guides.
- It will be rowdy. Geography and tailgating styles do make a difference but most NASCAR race weekends pack in plenty of fans that are looking to let loose. There will be plenty of music, yelling, and alcohol around these tailgating areas and not all of it will be family-friendly. The good news is that many tracks have family designated grounds and seating if partying is not up your ally.
- Always expect weather. There is no such thing as an indoor NASCAR track so race weekend always has the potential for weather concerns. Make sure to check for precipitation and extreme temperatures and pack accordingly.
- Many tracks provide first-time fan guides on their respective websites. Try looking for these guides to help you out during your first NASCAR race.
- No glass is allowed on NASCAR grounds, period.
- Always pack polarized sunglasses.
- Purchase a 14″ x 14″ x 14″ soft-sided cooler if you want to bring your own alcohol to the track and the track allows it.
There are more tips and tricks for any track but these are certainly a good start. We encourage everyone to get out to a NASCAR track and experience the thrill that’s already captivated millions of fans.