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What Exactly is the NASCAR Racing Experience?

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What’s Happening?

A bucket list item for a slew of NASCAR fans is doing a “NASCAR Racing Experience”. The opportunity to either drive or ride shotgun in a real NASCAR stock car on a real race track is an absolute must, but, what exactly is it? We break it all down for you today.

  • For this, we will emphasize the NASCAR Racing Experience since this is the only “NASCAR Experience” that is officially licensed by NASCAR. However, we will look at other experiences as well.
  • There are plenty of options for NASCAR fans depending on the experience, and there are plenty of tracks offered. Not every NASCAR track offers the experience, however.
  • This is a great birthday or Christmas present for NASCAR fans. Every NASCAR fan has probably dreamed about going this fast at some point.

How Does the “NASCAR Racing Experience” Work?

Fans can sign up for this at nascarracingexperience.com. All information regarding the experience can also be found here. Fans have the option to either drive or ride in a NASCAR race car, depending on which experience they wish for.

Fans who wish to ride have two options. They can do a 3-lap ride along with a racing instructor in the driver’s seat for the retail price of $215.99, or fans who want to ride a bit longer can do a 6-lap ride-along for $429.99.

The driving experience has even more options. Fans can take to the track for between 5 and 48 minutes for between $499.99 and $4199.99 depending on which plan they choose. Fans can either do a single session for 5 or 8 minutes for the lower prices, or they can do multiple 8-minute sessions for a total of 16, 24, 32, 40, and 48 minutes for the more advanced prices.

The more experienced (pun intended) customers can also sign up for the Advanced experience for $4399.99 plus a $44.99 driver’s fee OR $4499.99 at Daytona plus the same driver’s fee. NASCAR says that this is the fastest experience, and it features four 10-lap sessions where a driver follows the instructor.

What Tracks Can Fans Do This At?

This experience is available at 18 current NASCAR race tracks throughout the season. NASCAR typically holds experience days the Monday after select races as well, which makes for a great cap off to a NASCAR fan weekend. The schedule for that is as follows according to NASCAR.

  • 3/11 AND 10/11: Phoenix
  • 4/1 AND 8/12: Richmond
  • 4/15: Texas
  • 4/22 AND 10/7: Talladega
  • 4/29: Dover
  • 5/13 AND 9/2: Darlington
  • 5/20: North Wilkesboro
  • 5/27: Charlotte
  • 6/24: New Hampshire
  • 7/1: Nashville
  • 8/25-26: Daytona
  • 9/9: Atlanta
  • 10/21: Las Vegas
  • 10/28: Homestead-Miami

While not listed on this schedule, NASCAR Racing Experience lists Kentucky, Gateway, Kansas, and Michigan as three other race tracks fans can enjoy this experience at. If there is a NASCAR track near you, odds are these experiences are available.

Other Similar Experiences

There are also other places where fans can fill their need for horsepower. One of which features driving a NASCAR race car, and the other features driving a personal car on a NASCAR track.

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience is the same basic concept, but, it has some differences. While the NRE works solely at NASCAR race tracks, the RWRE works at other race tracks across the country plus NASCAR race tracks. Driving sessions are also based solely on laps, not timed.

For fans who want to have their experience on NASCAR race cars, then head to the NASCAR tracks. However, there are also late model racing experiences at local short tracks across the country.

Driving YOUR Car On a Race Track

Eric Estepp highlighted this experience at Texas Motor Speedway in an old video. It’s good for fans to research what their closest NASCAR race track is doing, but, some tracks will open the gates for fans to drive their personal car on a race track.

While it’s not the same experience as driving a real race car, it does allow fans to drive on a NASCAR race track, a time that any NASCAR fan will never forget.

For fans who have a penchant for horsepower and a desire to go fast, NASCAR offers plenty of ways to do so. Be sure to check all of them out!

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