Daytona, Talladega and Watkins Glen, those names run through the dreams of NASCAR fans as racing season opens. They know theres not only great racing to be enjoyed at NASCAR tracks, but non-stop tailgating fun, as well. Those fans lucky enough to travel by RV have a leg-up on the competition. Heres a primer on how to plan a full season of NASCAR RV tailgating.
Choose Your Favorite Tracks
For a winning season of NASCAR RV tailgating experiences, start by choosing your NASCAR itinerary for the season. Besides local and regional racing, NASCAR features three national racing series Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. They also have a sanctioned racing season in Canada and Mexico.
You might also have a favorite driver or two that will help you decide which races to follow. Drivers like Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon have built loyal throngs of fans who line the stands every time they race.
If youve been following NASCAR racing for years, you probably already know which drivers youd like to watch and their scheduled races. Newcomers to NASCAR racing can look at the NASCAR website, and then decide how many races youll travel to attend. An important tip: order tickets early! Many NASCAR tracks, even those holding nearly two hundred thousand fans, have been known to sell out during the more famous races.
NASCAR Tailgating Traditions
Every NASCAR track has unique attractions, and theyve created RV camping and tailgating traditions at each. Daytona International Speedway, for example, offers NASCAR fans five different RV campgrounds within sight of the speedway. During races like the Daytona 500, thousands of NASCAR-loving RV campers bring out their best tailgating recipes and enjoy a non-stop party over race weekend.
Bristol Motor Speedway in the hills of Tennessee, Infineon Raceway near Sonoma in Californias Wine Country and Alabamas Talladega Superspeedway with its convenient infield RV camping are just three of the tracks that are known for great RV tailgating possibilities.
To get the latest in RV camping and tailgating information, and to learn tips such as what can be carried into the grandstands, go to each individual tracks website and follow the links to their fan guide. Also, find out which RV campgrounds require reservations and be sure to make yours early for this race season.
Plan Your Tailgate Party Menu
Now, lets talk about food! That is, after all, whats at the heart of every great tailgate party. The convenience of an RV kitchen can make all the difference in whether your NASCAR tailgate party crosses the finish line first. Think about which of your favorite recipes could be easily eaten at the trackgrilling brats and burgers, cooking a batch of your famous chili or roasting veggies in foil are all tailgating traditions.
Food Networks website offers dozens of tailgate party recipe ideas, everything from Uncle Bubbas Wings to Deviled Crab Potato Skins. The Tailgating.com blog also features favorite recipes from hundreds of tailgate party aficionados.
Remember, if youre traveling to the track by RV, you wont be limited to a hibachi outside your mini-van. Youll have well-designed kitchen appliances perfect for preparing a meal on the road. Theres really no better way to host a tailgate party than in the shade of a great RV!
Pack Up the RV
Youve chosen your RV roadtrip itinerary that includes time at your favorite NASCAR tracks. Youve selected your very best tailgate party recipes, bought the groceries and planned for kitchen utensils and party ware. All thats left to do is pack what you need and head for the track.
If you dont actually own an RV and will be renting one for the trip, check your RV rental vendors pick up and drop off times. Leave time to become acquainted with your rental motorhomes kitchen before leaving the rental location. Doing a little planning up-front will make your NASCAR RV camping and tailgating experience much more enjoyable.
Its going to be a great NASCAR racing season! Dont miss the excitement; start making your plans now for at least one weekend of race-car-watching-tailgate-partying fun this year.