If you’ve ever spent a weekend at the track then you already know most of the fun is had before the race even begins. If you haven’t been lucky enough to experience this, we’re here to fill you in on the top 10 speedways you’ll want to camp at to this season. And trust us, even if you don’t have a ticket to get into the actual race, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much fun tailgating and watching the race from the comfort of your RV TV can be.
If you’re looking for the biggest and best track to party at all weekend long, look no further. From a John Deere® tractor parade to body pong, and BBQ-sauce wrestling, the events before and after the actual race are exactly why tailgating for the whole weekend is a must.
Judging by the name, you might think fans will all be sipping wine and playing golf, but if that’s not your scene, don’t count this track out just yet! While it is set within the rolling hills and vineyards of Sonoma and Napa, your everyday NASCAR fans will be right there with you cracking a cold one. Even if wine country is not your typical hangout it’s highly recommended that you try it out at least once. Who knows, maybe Chardonnay will be your new drink of choice!
The title of “The Racing Capital Of The World” doesn’t get handed out to just anybody. Indianapolis speedway has such a rich past and is still making history to this day. Does Richard Petty vs. David Pearson ring a bell? Ricky Craven vs. Kurt Bucsh? You remember those iconic races and they both happened right here in Indy. In addition to the racing, have you ever heard of the Indy Snake Pit? No? Google it. The only way you’ll be disappointed is if you miss this experience.
For a more toned down, family friendly weekend, head to the New Hampshire Speedway. With events happening on the Trackside Live Stage and activities (including driver appearances) in the Lite Lobster lounge, both you and the kids will have a blast at the Fan Zone all weekend long! Not to mention they have a special selection of camping lots that are designated to a family-oriented experience.
While Bristol Speedway may be one of the smallest tracks in the circuit, no matter where you sit, you’ll have a great seat because of it’s steep, stadium seating style. While planning your trip you’ll find that there are plenty campgrounds to choose from so depending on the time you book you can be as close or as far from the track as you’d like. Traveling alone or just as a couple? No worries! Most people that you’ll come across are super friendly and enjoy meeting new fans!
The Lady in Black, Too Tough to Tame, whatever fans may call it, Darlington is a track that is know for it’s unique shape and narrow track with tough turns. While some speedways are fun all season long, the best time of year to visit this South Carolina track is definitely over Labor Day weekend. Between the events on-site and the NASCAR museum just down the road, you’ll have plenty to do on your nice long weekend.
Everything’s bigger in Texas! And that couldn’t be more true when it comes to tailgating race weekends! If you’re planning to head to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for race day, feel free to make it a week or two vacation. Even the hospitality is bigger in Texas as this track typically opens it’s lots and campgrounds as early as 2 weeks before the race! Stay for the weekend or stay for half a month, either way you’re going to want to find the fan who’s grilling up some rattle snake to share! We haven’t tried it, but apparently it tastes like chicken.
What happens in Vegas…. Is probably going to be laughed about all season long. Just being honest! Though the campgrounds are a little different than what you’re use to, what with it being in the middle of the desert and all, you’ll be getting a two-for-one deal when you spend a weekend here. A race day AND a flight “show”? Heck yes! …Alright, so it’s not technically a show, most of the time, but the Nellis Air Force Base is right across the street, so you’ll definitely get so see some action. Some say it’s noisy but thankfully you’ll be tucked away, sleeping like a baby in your RV instead of in a tent getting woken up in the middle of the night by a fighter jet.
If you decide to visit Watkins Glen get ready for a neck workout. Get prepared by doing some counter-clockwise neck stretching before watching the race. Being one of only two tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit with right turns, this track is definitely one to put on the list. Located in the stunning region of Upstate New York, the RV and camping scene here is known for being some of the best. With a few different camping location options and various ticket packages you’ll be sure to find the perfect weekend experience for you and your family!
And last, but certainly not least, the Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 weekend is always one that is watched in person or on TV every. single. year. But this iconic race isn’t just a one day event. They offer events for adults and kids alike all weekend long. Between concerts with acts like Jake Owen, Kid Rock, and Florida Georgia Line, driver appearances, and legend autograph sessions, the Daytona 500 weekend is an experience you’ll never forget. It’s never too early to start planning!
Whether you get to all of them in a season, or put them on your bucket list to check off over the years, you won't be disappointed when you jump on the experience of a weekend at the track. Not sure what you'll need for the greatest weekend ever? Check out our NASCAR Tailgating blog!
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