Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dover International Speedway. I received complimentary tickets to facilitate my post and promotional item to thank me for my participation at the conclusion of the program.
Well, it finally happened…a day at a Nascar race with our whole family! We had such a great time at the FedEx400 this weekend at Dover International Speedway and can’t wait to go back 🙂
We arrived bright and early at the track after a long drive from home. We had planned to find a hotel room to stay in the night before the race, but…surprise, surprise…there was not one room available in a 50 mile radius! So we ended up driving from home, which took just under 2 hours.
Parking was easy, as all the cars were expertly guided into place by the Speedway’s staff. Once we made our way inside, we immediately headed to the Monster Fun Zone so that they kids could play for a bit. We were so surprised at how many activities they had for the kids…and that they were all free!
My son loved climbing on the inflatable bouncers…he especially loved the military’s “Boot Camp” obstacle bouncer, and went through it many times.
We loved seeing the military and local fire department out at the Fun Zone with their big trucks. The military guys brought a robot that helps them disable IEDs, which we thought was pretty amazing.
The Monster Fun Zone was so much fun that we ended up missing the Jimmie Johnson Q&A session, which we were pretty sad about, especially since he ended up winning the race!
When the gates were opened to allow people inside, we got into line to make our way to our seats. At the gate, we went through security…everyone was scanned and bags were searched to make sure there was no weapons or other dangerous things inside the stands…and went to find our seats.
The view of the track from our seats was great…we could see right down Pit Road and no part of the track was blocked. We could even see the race crew towing their gas cans to the Sunoco gas truck to be filled up…a great behind-the-scenes discovery!
Take a look at this video I recorded at the race so you can see just a little of what we experienced at Dover:
If you are planning a trip to Dover International Speedway with your family, here are some tips that you may find helpful:
1. Bring a cooler. I think it’s so wonderful of the folks at Dover to allow people to bring in their own coolers. With a family of 4, buying drinks and snacks can really add up, so it’s nice to be able to bring what you like. Race Day was pretty hot, and we went through all 4 bottles of water that we had brought before the race even began.
2. Invest in ear protection. The 43 cars in the Sprint Cup races are super LOUD! I had forgotten how loud they can be, even if you are way up in the stands. Simple foam earplugs work great, but they also sell noise-blocking headphones at Dover with AM/FM radio for about $20. You can use the headphones at home too, listening to the radio while you mow the lawn, for example, so they won’t go to waste.
3. Get FanVision. Our kids got to use FanVision as part of their Monster Mile Youth Nation packages, and it was well worth it. When the cars get up to speed, you cannot hear anything the announcer says and don’t really know what’s going on. The Youth Nation package is only $20 for the year, while FanVision costs about $45 for the one race.
The thing we loved about FanVision was that you can hear what your favorite driver is saying over his radio connection to his team. You can also see a lot of different camera angles, which is fun too (especially the one that is on the back of the car!)
4. Get tickets in the family-friendly section. This section doesn’t allow alcohol or tobacco use, so it’s perfect for families with young children. We did see a few people in the next section over who had been drinking and were a little bit rowdy because they were upset over who won the race, but the people that we sat with were very friendly, polite and fun to be around.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Race is coming to the Monster Mile again in the fall, and Dover International Speedway is hosting a giveaway for tickets to the race, plus a whole lot of other great extras…head over to their site to enter!
If you want to grab your tickets now, you can do so over at the Dover International Speedway site. In addition to the racing, you can shop for authentic NASCAR merchandise (our kids and my husband got new NASCAR hats!) and see a great concert by artists like Cassadee Pope. Don’t forget to sign your kids up for the Monster Mile Youth Nation too!
Hope you enjoy the race!