Ten tips for a family’s first time on the track
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There are few “together” experiences that can compare to a family’s first participation in a NASCAR race in person.
Whether in Daytona, Talladega, Bristol or elsewhere, what parents and their children experience together on their first NASCAR race will likely be one of the most enjoyable, special, and memorable bonding experiences they can have as than a family.
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One of the most frequently asked questions on NASCAR.com is what kind of advice we have for families going their first race together to get the full experience.
Within the framework of NASCAR’s Summer Family Fun Initiative, here are 10 useful tips for a family’s first time on the track:
1. I thought you had them: One of the most important tips of all: don’t forget your tickets! It is not uncommon for fans to head out to the racetrack for all of them to be so excited and anticipate all the fun and new experiences they will have, that tickets are sometimes the last thing to be remembered. To paraphrase the old American Express ad, don’t leave without them. A sub tip: put all the tickets in an envelope the night before and store them safely in mom’s purse or the car’s glove compartment, a place you know where to look when it’s time to drop by. the doors.
2. What did you say? Let’s face it, race cars are noisy! And they can certainly have an impact on hearing, especially for young children whose hearing is still developing. Simply put, don’t forget about earplugs or headphones. A NASCAR race, especially on a short track like Bristol where the seats are closer together than on other larger tracks where the seats – and the sound – are more dispersed, can sometimes be as loud as heavy metal concerts or planes taking off. And speaking of hearing, if you want to add another element to your overall racing enjoyment, consider renting a scanner to track the driver’s audio and video so you can get an even deeper insight into what’s going on. past.
3. At what time does the race start? We cannot stress this enough: GO TT, TT, TT! We’ve heard countless stories where people left an hour or two – or even sooner – to get to a race, only to get stuck in traffic and miss half the race or more! Fortunately, over the past decade, virtually every track on the NASCAR circuit, working with police and transportation officials, have made plans for dramatically improved entry and exit. But even with these upgrades, don’t think you can leave 30 minutes before the green flag and get to your seats on time. Prepare for unforeseen delays, from traffic and inclement weather to car problems like a flat tire or running out of gas. Another thing while driving to / from the track: be patient in traffic. If you’re not moving or doing so at an agonizing pace, there’s a good chance that several thousand other people are in the same boat. And to paraphrase the old adage, what goes up must come down, remember to be patient with the traffic leaving the track after the race. It may actually take you longer to leave than to arrive.
4. Sun, sun, sun, here is the sun: The sun can help keep you warm, but it can also have an adverse effect. So bring plenty of sunscreen (the higher the SPF, the better) to protect yourself from sunburn, as well as sunglasses to drastically reduce glare and ultraviolet rays that interfere with your vision and enjoyment. general of the race.
5. Dress the room: Keep checking the weather forecast for the latest conditions before race time. Make sure you have clothes that are appropriate for the weather and the time of day. You can start an afternoon in Texas, for example, with a late afternoon temperature of 85 degrees, and by the time the race ends several hours later in the evening, temperatures can easily drop 20 degrees or more. And it never hurts to keep an extra sweater or jacket – and even a heavier or lighter change of clothes – in the car, just in case.
6. Programs, get your programs: There is an old baseball adage that is just as relevant to watching a NASCAR race, where “you can’t tell players without a scorecard”. Since this is your family’s first race together, there are likely a number of drivers and car numbers out there that may not sound familiar to you. The programs give a lot of information about the participants and, more importantly, become a cherished memory for years to come.
7. Mo money, mo money: Attending a NASCAR race can be expensive for families with things like food and drink, souvenirs, parking fees, and more. This is to be expected. But also be prepared for unforeseen costs. Always bring extra cash with you or make sure you have enough cash on hand on your credit / debit card, just in case. One way to save money is to bring food or drink from home in a cooler. But, be sure to check in advance with the respective trails to see if there are any size limitations on the coolers or their contents.
8. Be a shoo-in: On some of NASCAR’s biggest tracks, you can EASILY go five miles (and countless light bulbs) or more of walking while exploring souvenir stalls, halfway through, or just sightseeing. We can’t stress this enough: make sure everyone in the family – especially the younger ones – is wearing very comfortable shoes (even if they’re trendy or make you look good, ladies, that doesn’t mean high heels. You can thank us later).
9. Oh, my pain (fill in the blank): Sitting for several hours can do a number on your back and butt. Consider bringing a seat cushion (or buy one on the track). Your anatomy will probably thank you later.
10. Last but not the least: A) Even though we have passed the COVID-19 milestone, it is still important to remember your face mask and try to maintain social distancing as much as possible, especially in long lines or close seats. B) If you want to see the action even closer, invest in a good pair of binoculars. C) If you use your cell phone to follow the NASCAR.com app or other apps, or if you watch videos or listen to radio broadcasts from Motor Racing Network or Performance Racing Network, these can quickly drain the battery. from your cell phone. Invest in a portable battery charger. This way you will probably never run out of juice and can stay on top.
We hope you enjoyed our little tip sheet here. But perhaps the biggest tip of all: enjoy!