We're heading down to Pocono for the June race this year.
Last year we track camped at Richmond for the last race before the Chase. We headed out in the overnight from CT and got to Richmond in the wee early morning hours. After spending a few hours at the local WalMart - along with about 100 other campers and RV's - we headed off to Lot J. We were the first one's there, again very early and pulled right up to the gate. We were waiting for the gate to open for a few hours and as the morning rolled on, our neighbors started lining up behind us.
First one's in got us Pole Position! with the first spot right by the Tram stop, but being the first one's in also meant we were the first one's to get stuck in the mud. The ground was very wet from two days of rain.
By mid-morning, there were about 1/2 dozen tow trucks pulling people out .. and it didn't cost anyone a dime. The track picked up all the costs for towing people out!
After we left Richmond, we spent a week visiting family and friends on our trek back north, and then headed off to New Hampshire for the 2nd race of the Chase. Since we bought our NH camping passes late (we got free Race Tickets from CocaCola for the race, so we just *had* to go), we ended up in the back camping lot. It turned out to be ok. Sure, it was farther away from all the track festivities, but we got there the day they opened camping, so we had a pretty private space - that was until Saturday morning when the place filled up like that [snapping fingers].
We could see the track from our location, but its not close enough to watch the race from.
We're still a little undecided on whether we'll go back to NH this year. It's a relatively short drive from homebase in CT, and the average price of $100 for a week of camping is a good deal - but we really felt the racing last summer there was boring! It was a lot of follow the leader. That was out 2nd trip to NH for a race and the first time was a blast. No RV that time .. that was a 1 day round trip from CT --> NH --> CT.
Overall we're 50/50 on heading back to NH. It's a great place to go to watch the entire race from the grandstands - versus the larger tracks, but I think they need to changeup the track, change the racing tires .. something to make the racing there better.
Which brings us to this years first NASCAR stop for us - Pocono. This will be our first trip to Pocono and we've certainly heard, and read, good and bad comments about watching the racing there. We got a GREAT RV spot - or at least we hope it will be great! I just purchased a Trackside RV Pass (at less than the $500 face value) that puts us about 15' from the track between turns 2 and 3 ... it's about as close to the action as you can get at Pocono without being in the pits.
In looking at the Pocono map, the Family RV section that runs the length of turn 3 has some views down the straightaway towards the stripe - might be a better place to see more of the action from the RV, but the Trackside spots seem to be the "premium" location, and they are certainly priced that way, so we're hoping we'll be satisfied with our location.
Now to figure out who we're going to invite with us ;-) ...