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Camping: What You Need to Know When You First Get to the Track

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When camping at a NASCAR race, arriving at the race track is one of the most exciting yet sometimes chaotic and overwhelming experiences. For those camping for the first time, here are some tips and tricks for when you first arrive at the race track.

  • For this list, we will focus on the typical camping tasks that fans need to know about when they first show up. This includes getting to their spot, things they need to purchase, and more.
  • Some of these tasks may seem small and menial, but they all pay huge dividends in the long run. They allow fans to spend more time enjoying the weekend, and less time figuring everything out.
  • Fans love camping at a race track. The fans who have done it for a long time know how everything works and understand how to most quickly and efficiently handle the first few minutes and hours on the property.

1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Nothing slows down a weekend like realizing all the little things you forgot. That’s why it’s so important to prepare for a race weekend. This includes buying all of the big things you need to get onto the track property in advance as Kym Singaster of Kansas Speedway pointed out to us.

Purchase everything in advance. From tickets, to scanners, to infield or terrace admissions, wherever you are camping at. That way, when you go through RV check in, you don’t have to wait in line to purchase additional things. That way you can get your weekend started.

Kym Singmaster

Camping, tickets, and scanners should be purchased in advance. Fans should also make sure they have water, maybe a portable toilet, or anything else a camper needs for a weekend all purchased and set to go. That way, when you get to the track, you can quickly and efficiently get all the boring, logistical things done and out of the way.

It’s also a good idea to check out the track’s website for information about the weekend. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the facility map and weekend schedule. That way, when you get to the track, you already have a rough idea of what you need and where you need to be at which time. All of the planning happens at home rather than during the weekend itself.

2. Know Where To Go

This is where familiarizing yourself with the facility map comes in handy. Every track has an RV check-in site where fans check in with their RV and are told where to go. If you have trouble finding it, either follow the campers or see if you can find a track employee to help out.

This is also true when it comes to the campsite. Use the track maps to figure out where to go so you can get to your campsite as quickly as possible. Then, the weekend can get started quicker.

3. Stock Up on Groceries

While, yes, there are concession stands in the grandstands to eat at the race track during on-track activity, fans still need to buy food to get through the weekend. Usually, there are grocery stores close to the track that fans can use for the weekend.

It’s recommended that you go to the store after you set up your campsite, especially if a cooler or ice is not easily accessible. This way, frozen or refrigerated food won’t get spoiled or forgotten while checking in or setting up. Once the camper is set up, all the groceries can go into the cooler, refrigerator, or whatever the camper/RV has.

4. Get a Lay of the Land

Once you’ve got everything set up with the camper and everything purchased for the weekend, try to get an overall lay of the land if you have time. While familiarizing yourself with the map is critical, it’s sometimes tough to judge how far away things are and what you must do to get there.

Are there certain pathways that you cannot take? How long does it take to walk from one spot to another? Driving or walking around allows you to plan exactly where and when you need to get somewhere. It also lets you get to know some of your neighbors for the weekend.

Doing these four things will ensure that you spend less time problem-solving and more time enjoying the weekend at the race track. It’s all about preparing yourself before and during when you first show up at the track.

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