In the Grandstands Tips

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When viewing from the grandstands, you have no choice but to make friends with the people sitting next to you. This is because the seats are located so close to one another.


Don't - Bring Large Coolers

Do not bring any coolers larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches into the grandstands because they are not allowed.


Do - Wear Sunglasses

Between track glare and exhaust fumes, a race weekend can be hard on your eyes. For this reason, sunglasses are usually a good idea because they will provide some relief during the many hours spent outside.


Fitting In

If you have never been to a race and you want to fit in with the crowd around you, the best thing to do is keep quiet for a while and listen to the people around you. You can also cheer for your favorite driver and take part in some of the conversations around you. Another way to fit into the crowd is to dress like the other fans. To do this, you can wear a t-shirt or a hat with a driver's logo on it.


Don't - Throw Anything

Do not throw anything onto the track or into the grandstands. If you are caught doing this, security guards will kick you out of the track with no refund.


From the Fence

Do not watch the action from the fence during the race. The cars may crash and send metal, gasoline and other car parts into the fence making it very dangerous. Many tracks will station officials near the fence to keep viewers a safe distance away.


Bathroom Breaks

Between the driver introductions and the start of the race, use the bathroom one last time. Unlike watching a race on the TV, there are no commercials in NASCAR. NASCAR races can take as long as five hours without breaks (except for the caution periods when the bathroom lines will undoubtedly be long). Also, it might be a good idea to limit your fluid intake.


Do - Wear Sunscreen

Because fans are sitting in aluminum grandstands for hours during the middle of the day, they have a good chance of getting a sun burn. For this reason, it is a good idea to wear sunscreen.


Do - Bring a Camera

If you want good pictures of the cars on the track, bring a camera with a telephoto lens to the race. This will bring the action closer to you, and give you something to remember the race by after you leave.


Do - Bring Binoculars

It is a good idea to bring a pair of binoculars to the race, no matter where you are sitting. This way it will be easier to see the drivers, teams and cars up close, especially at a large track.


Best Seats

Unlike many sporting events, the best seats in any NASCAR grandstand are the highest ones. From there, fans have a better view of the entire track. Sitting lower in the grandstands can provide a great view of the cars zooming by, but all that is seen is a blur.


Do - Bring Earplugs

It is always a good idea to bring along earplugs to a race, especially for the children. NASCAR races are loud and if you do not wear earplugs, your ears may ring and your head might hurt the next day. Headsets that will muffle the sound are the best kind of noise deterrents.


From the Fence

If you want to see the speed of the cars up close, be sure to take a look at the track from the fence at the bottom of the grandstands during practice. If you look at the cars straight on, all you will see is a colourful blur, so it is wise to either watch them coming toward you or as they are going away. But be warned, from this position, you will be standing in the great wind made as the cars go by, and with this wind comes the blowing rubber off of the tires. When you return to your seat, you more then likely will be covered in streaks of black.

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