What to Bring to a NASCAR Race

Wondering what to bring to a NASCAR race? If you've got NASCAR race tickets for the first time, there are some essentials you'll want to have at the track.

Plan for a Day Outdoors
You will be at the race for a good part of the day. If the race is during the summer, you will definitely need sun block. In spring and autumn, wear several layers so that you're ready for changing temperatures. Be ready for rain as well, with a hooded raincoat or a rain jacket and hat.

There's food for sale at the track, but you may want to have some snacks along for before and after the race. Tailgating is just as popular at NASCAR events as it is at pro football games, so feel free to break out the tents and coolers. Many raceways have camping sites available near the track, so you can turn the race into a mini vacation and avoid the traffic going to and from the event.

Speedway Supplies
For the actual race, you'll need the following:

  • Cash: Bring enough money to purchase food and drinks once you're inside the venue. Most venues will let you leave and re-enter as long as you have your ticket; you can run back to your vehicle for snacks, but you'll miss some of the action. Very few tracks allow you to bring in coolers or outside food. Check the rules before you leave.
  • Your ticket. Do not lose your ticket stub. You'll need it to re-enter if you have to go outside.
  • Seat cushions. Raceway seats are notoriously uncomfortable bleachers. If you plan on sitting through the whole race, bring seat cushions, preferably the type with backs.
  • Hat. A baseball cap or a floppy-brimmed hat will help keep the sun off your face. Consider bringing sunglasses as well.
  • Ear plugs. If your ears are sensitive, you should bring ear plugs. Children should always wear ear plugs. If you have particularly sensitive ears or have suffered some hearing loss, look for headphone-style ear plugs that block out the most sound.

While at the race, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep from getting dehydrated. It is easy to get dehydrated while you're sitting in the sun all day.

If you're lucky enough to have some Daytona or Talladega pit passes, be sure to keep them around your neck all day. Passes can easily fall out of your pocket while you're moving around, and you'll never get past security without the proper credentials.

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