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ejm4 12-08-2010 06:28 PM

Nascar Camping
 
We have never been to a Nascar race and are planning to attend one this coming spring. We are close to Dover & Pocono. A couple of questions:

  • Do we need to pack like we are boondocking, which we never have?
  • Should we expect huge parties all night long? We would like to take our young children along for the weekend.
  • Has anyone either been to the Dover or Pocono races? If so which track do you like the best? Dover appears to be newer.
  • Can you buy pit passes the day of the race?
  • Any tips or suggestions would be helpful.

read & learn 12-09-2010 06:43 AM

To answer your question about parties and young Children.
Yes there are parties and some can get out of hand, but the tracks [if staying at the track] do not put up with crazy parties. Make a complain and the people are told to shut it down, if they do not listen they are REMOVED right then and there by the POLICE. They also lose there right to come back in the future.
I know as we reported a group who were so drunk one of them fell into a very large campfire and had to be pull out. Same group were urinating on the trailer next to them and than when we asked them to STOP throwing full beer cans to people walking by [one guy would throw the cans as hard as he could across the ground] almost hitting us we went over and got the State Police.
This group was removed from the Race Track. A family member who was not drinking drove them somewhere.
The next day, which was the Big Race, some Track Officials showed up and informed the rest of the family, who had a total of 3 sites together that they would no longer be able to camp at the Track for any future events.
Would we go back to another race Yes. This problem took place at Watkins Glen Raceway in New York State.
OH, seeing and Dry camping at a Nascar Race was on our "BUCKET LIST".

InPursuit 12-09-2010 07:16 AM

Never did the NASCAR thing... just not my speed.

Ever try an SCCA race weekend?
Camping right in the infield at many tracks.

Link to 2011 schedule:
SCCA - Sports Car Club of America

Lt46 12-09-2010 08:46 AM

Hi,
I'm a regular at New Hampshire's NASCAR race. I think "frame of mind" is critical to your enjoyment. When camping at the track do not expect a campground experience. There will be generators running, radio's, TV's and noisy groups. Most are respectful of quiet time, but then again there are always those who think the world revolves around them. Local, State PD and track security will deal with them. The close packing in of all the various camping units make for interesting neighbors. One year I was next to a group who roasted a pig....delicious! Another year was a group next door having a clambake. Simply befriending these folks resulted in offers to join in on the meal.
Regarding packing... yes, you'll be dry camping however, water, ice and black/gray tank pumpouts are always available for a price. Trucks roam the property on a regular basis. When trackside, don't forget your headphones/earplugs....have fun.

pkendzor 12-09-2010 01:52 PM

  • Do we need to pack like we are boondocking, which we never have?
We pack the same way as we always do with the exception of a little more beer and snacks.
  • Should we expect huge parties all night long? We would like to take our young children along for the weekend.
The past few years we have seen a lot more security at Pocono and as in the past they open the gates to turn 1 on late Saturday night where most of the real party people migrate to. We take our grandkids with no problems.
  • Has anyone either been to the Dover or Pocono races? If so which track do you like the best? Dover appears to be newer.
Been to both and we prefer Pocono. We go in on Thursday and are one of the last to leave on Monday.
  • Can you buy pit passes the day of the race?
Yes, at Pocono I am not sure about Dover
  • Any tips or suggestions would be helpful.
Go in with full water and empty holding tanks. Water is available for I think $20 to $30 depending on tank. Pumpout is about $25 at Pocono.

Paul

wkdwitch 12-09-2010 07:04 PM

Dover is a HUGE traffic jam - the entire week before and several days after every race....that's why we LEAVE town when you all come. The last race they even had a 'major' grocery chain selling out of a tent...what next?

Akibase 02-10-2011 05:34 PM

By far Dover is the best track! Have been there many times. Pocono is probably the worst track on the circuit. Dover is usually a great race. They do a great job and the kids will love the monster monument. Don't miss it. The only party lot is # 10.

denochs 02-10-2011 05:54 PM

Those folks in Dover and Pocono must keep a lid on the rednecks. Here in Charlotte you should plan on staying awake until 3 or 4 am because of the parties, generators, & what used to be wagon races in the infield. They've since stopped them due to a drunk racer hitting the wall.

Dave

Dirtbuster 02-10-2011 06:18 PM

You have to remember when attending a Nascar race, there might be a few "rednecks" attending . Maybe a 100,000 of them! There is usually a camping area for families, but there might be a few scattered parties. You will meet some unique people, and maybe even a few streakers!

I think you will enjoy the show!

fansill 02-10-2011 06:49 PM

We are also regulars at the Nascar Events in Loudon, NH. I have to admit, the race itself is only a small part of the fun. I enjoy the people watching, the camraderie, the vendor areas and the eating... I believe what others have said that no matter what racetrack you go to, you will have all sorts of partying people, but the security and police are usually quite swift to respond to any valid complaints. In NH, the parking areas are labeled as family, or general. The family lots are just that...geared for families, the general lot has a few more wild groups and there used to be one lot called the X Lot or as we used to call it..."Animal Farm". We would take a walk through on occasion but I never wanted to park my RV there...Way too rough for my taste...

The Nascar events are always a challenge to see how good you are at boondocking. Make sure that you have plenty of snacks and beverages and be sparing with your showering and you will be fine.

Have a great time!!!:laugh:

Ed S 02-10-2011 07:05 PM

Funny, I too have Nascar onmy bucket list....this year?????No kids though.

RV Wizard 02-11-2011 02:28 AM

You might want to check out the RV Events and Gathering forum. Do a search and you will find a lot of info.

Bug512 02-25-2011 05:42 PM

For NASCAR related questions you might want to visit NASCAR Camping Forum
A lot of great people over there to help with questions.

We personally have been to Dover, Charlotte, Pocono, Bristol and Richmond.

Here is some quick information on the tracks we have visited:

Dover: For camping we have stayed at The Dover Mall, look at this website for more information. This is a first come first serve camping. We have gone to every race in the past ten years. Sit between turns 3&4, you will have a view of the entire track and the sun will be at your back.

Richmond: Azalea Flea Market or CAB Properties for camping. The flea market is a first come first serve. CAB Properties you will need a reservation. Make sure you sit at least row 10 or higher to view the track.

Bristol: Earhart Campground is our choice. Security and NO campfires. I really do not like campfires when RV's are parked so close together, not to mention smelling like smoke for four days. Not a bad seat in the house at Bristol.

Pocono: We have stayed at the turn 3 Family Campground. Just watch, everything floods in Pocono when it rains. Never had a desire to camp in the infield. Personally every seat is horrible and the facility is outdated.

Charlotte: Camped at the Klondike Family Campground outside turn 3. Very organized camping with nice spots. Here is the bad news... they allow fires.. Grandstand seating is good, we sat across form the entrance to pit road, great view of the track.

Hope this helps a little, if you have any questions or want more information just ask....

Oh.. the tracks we like the best? In order.. Richmond, Dover, Bristol, Charlotte and Pocono.

Martinsville is next on our list.

Johnandcara2 03-08-2011 07:44 PM

We just got back from this Nascar Races at Las Vegas !!! Had a great time !!Get your tickets and Enjoy . We were lucky enough to still get some at last minute. Fun to watch and lots of things to do that weekend. Hint the closer to the track the more $$$ , so set your limit and go.


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