Happy New Year! The holidays are over and the NASCAR teams will be working hard getting ready for the 2014 NASCAR season. They are making new cars. Some are getting to know new teams.
If you are a new NASCAR fan or an old one, now is the time to make your own plans for next season. To start I would recommend setting a budget. These are the considerations for your budget.
The first and obvious thing to consider is the cost of the tickets. Sprint Cup Series tickets cost as much as $110 each for the best seats but some tracks have packages for less than $40.
The second cost that might be as much as the tickets is the cost of travel. In my part of the country this also includes tolls. Many NASCAR tracks are very far away from cities and require travel of several hours.
In the times I have gone to a NASCAR race, I have come to the conclusion that travel over 3 hours will require a stay overnight. You might think you can make the long trip one year but it ends up being one long day and not very relaxing or enjoyable.
The cost of where you are going to stay needs to be figured in. Some tracks do not have hotel or motel lodging available. If you can I would highly recommend camping near the track. Camping near the speedway makes for the most enjoyable time, since there is no traffic getting to and from the speedway. Enjoy tailgating with your family and friends. Don’t worry if none of them are attending because you will have friends by the time the race is over.
Now that you are staying at the track, you need to plan if you need to take some days off work. This is why you plan early. One doesn’t want to buy tickets and lodging only to find out they can’t get off work.
Unless you’re going to make a vacation out of a race weekend, I would recommend taking simply a long weekend. Pick a track within a four or six hour drive. Pick the one you want to visit or one that fits within your busy schedule. Make a long weekend of it by taking one or two days off work. Put all the costs together to see if you can make it happen.
One last thing: you will find that the housing, travel and time off far exceed the cost of the tickets to the Sprint Cup race. I highly recommend that you also consider tickets to whatever companion race is also going on at the track. Once you have invested all this money, and more importantly your time, you won’t regret the additional races. This is where you will see the stars of tomorrow.
I hope to see you at the races this year!