Pocono Raceway Entrance
And boy….are we way outside our bubble. We decided, if your going to Nascar, you at least have to do it right. So we bought tickets to park in the infield. Right along the fence line.
Pocono Raceway Tunnel Entrance To The Infield
So after some maneuvering back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, we finally made it into our spot. With tight streets and even tighter spots, and both neighbors already set up, it was interesting to say the least. It certainly would have been much easier if just one of the people next to us were not there yet…but they both were. We even had to have one of our neighbors move over a tad. As their slide was over the line. Normally, no big deal. But with only 14 feet to maneuver, we need every inch. Luckily we were parked next to some really nice people. And yes, that is our window awning touching the top of our neighbors window awning. That tells you how close we were.
And this was our view. Not much to see before the race. At least on the track that is.
The Garages Behind Pit Row
We had tickets to pit row so we set off to check out the pre-race action.
The racers were able to get in some practice runs. And yes…IT WAS LOUD!!!!! Hence the ear phones and ear plugs.
After dinner we thought we’d check out the view from our roof. See how much of the track we can see.
A nice sun set from the roof top.
Time for a walk to see what the rest of the infield looks like.
Their were definitely some interesting rigs there. This one was modeled after General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard.
This RV Is Modeled After Dale Earnhart Jr’s Number
Here’s a fan of Dale Earnhart Jr. It’s interesting that people build full decks on top of their rigs to sit up and watch the race. All I see is a lot of stuff that they need to set up and tear down every time. That makes for a lot of work.
Speed Channel Stage.
Vendors are a big deal here. It’s all about the merchandising. And they get ya too. For example, Lynn likes Kasey Kayne. Well last year he was the number 9 car. This year he has a different sponsor so he drives the number 4 car. So you have to buy new stuff. Then to make matters worse, next year he’s going to drive the number 5 car for a different sponsor. Good news their is he’s going to stay with that sponsor for at least 3 years. So what you buy next year with the number 5 sponsor on it, you can at least use for 3 years. Crazy.
After our walk we set up our campfire and sat around talking. David then surprised Joe with some pistachios that he likes from New Mexico.
So it was a long drive, 5 hours from our home in upstate NY, a day filled with driver stalking and qualifying times and a nice evening of campfire and enjoying friends.
It will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings.