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What’s On Your Packing List for a NASCAR Race?

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When getting ready to go to a NASCAR race, it’s important to know what to bring. Fans may be surprised at what types of things can be brought into a NASCAR race track, so, we have the definitive NASCAR race packing list right here for you.

  • Not everything on this list can be brought into the race track on race day. However, they are all great things to bring before the race or even after the race is over.
  • NASCAR tracks are typically more willing to let certain things in than other sporting events are. Not everything is allowed in, but, many things are.
  • Fans have plenty of creative things they bring to a NASCAR race to make their experience just a bit better.

Tailgating Equipment

Many NASCAR fans have fun tailgating before a race. It’s a great way to both socialize with friends and eat some good food before heading to the race track. There are plenty of items that go into a good tailgate.

Having a grill and all of the proper food is a must. It’s also good to have an awning or tent along with some chairs to eat the food in. To make things more fun, backyard games like cornhole or even a Bluetooth speaker for music are great to add. Many of these things cannot be brought into the track, but, they are great for fans to have fun before heading in.

Sunscreen

Many NASCAR races take place during the hottest months of the year. Many times, the grandstands have little to no shade as well. Even if the stands have shade, walking around outside of the track or tailgating in the hot sun makes sunscreen a must.

Most tracks allow sunscreen to be brought into the track. It’s important to have throughout the day, especially during the summertime.

Ear Plugs or Ear Muffs

NASCAR races are notoriously loud. Many longtime fans love the noise at NASCAR races, but, new fans may not be accustomed to it. Ear plugs or ear muffs are a must for fans who are sensitive to loud noises.

Oftentimes, fans get used to the noise at races as time goes on, so, these may not be necessary for seasoned fans. They are great for newer fans and kids as well.

Seat Cushions Without Metal Components

Most NASCAR tracks have metal bleachers for seating, or stadium seats in some cases. Regardless, seats at the track may be hard and uncomfortable. A great thing to bring to the track is a seat cushion, but, there can be no metal components on the seat cushion.

Seat cushions with metal components are typically not allowed at NASCAR tracks. Typically, plastic blow-up or foam seat cushions are perfect for fans at the track.

A Soft Sided Cooler

Again, this policy varies some from track to track, but, many NASCAR tracks allow fans to bring in soft-sided coolers. This is a perfect place to store drinks or even food if you want to save some on concessions at the race tracks. 

It can be especially convenient on hot days when drinking water becomes very important. Oftentimes, water bottles can be very expensive at the race track, so, bringing a cooler with water could save some money.

A Permanent Marker with Something to Sign

If fans know where to go, they can find places to get autographs from drivers. Usually, driver appearances happen in the midway behind the grandstands before a race. It’s good to bring a permanent marker plus something to sign like a hat for these moments.

If fans get onto the track before a race, it’s popular to sign the start-finish line or retaining walls before a race. A permanent market is great for this as well.

A Poncho

Umbrellas are not allowed at many NASCAR tracks, so, if there is rain in the forecast, bring a rain poncho. This can be especially handy on road courses where NASCAR may race in a light rain. If fans do not want to miss the race, bringing a poncho can keep them from getting wet.

It can also come in handy under the grandstands as well. Oftentimes, water will seep through the metal grandstands on a rainy day, and fans under the stands may still get wet as a result.

Comfortable Walking Shoes

NASCAR races require a lot of walking. Sure, there are often tram services to take fans to other parts of the track, but, there is still a lot of walking. Fans must bring comfortable walking shoes every time they go to a NASCAR race.

Parking lots may also be muddy or dusty, so, it’s a good idea to bring more worn-out shoes to the race. Fans do not want to get their brand-new shoes ruined at a race track.

These are just a few things to bring to a race track when going to a NASCAR race. Bringing these things can increase fan comfort, and they can make the experience just a little bit more fun.

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