There’s nothing like the revving of the engines, the dramatics of a tight race, and tens of thousands of people cheering in the stands as the cars drive past on a NASCAR race day. But there may be one thing that is just as good (if not better): tailgating.
NASCAR races have become weekend-long mega-events for those in the fan community, as the truck series and Xfinity series racetracks line up with the Sprint Cup’s schedule. Unlike football or baseball tailgates, racing tailgates can truly turn into a marathon party. And bonus: Many tracks allow you to bring your own coolers (and beer) into the stands, so you can really keep the party going.
Another thing that makes the NASCAR tailgating unique is the ability to camp out on the premises (or, at the worst, there’s a camping field within walking distance). This aspect blends together two great American past times: auto racing and camping. You’ll need to be prepared accordingly.
If you’re getting ready to pack up and tailgate for the weekend at a NASCAR race, we’ve got you covered with a comprehensive checklist for everything you need (and more).
For Surviving the Infield/Camping:
To Eat and Drink: