I was invited to the Pocono Raceway to experience the fun and share with you. While my visit was complementary, all thoughts are my own.
I love events. Even when it is is for something that isn’t my favorite, I have found that attending anything in person is much more exciting. That being said, my boys love NASCAR. While we were attending a motorcross event, they look at me and asked me to please take them to a NASCAR event. No sooner did it happen, I was invited to come out and see what Pocono Raceway and the PA400 had to offer.
For the races in the Poconos, there is more to offer than just a race. We arrived at the racetrack to start our weekend adventure with camping. Friday afternoon arriving at the track, there are several places that people can camp. Our campsite was in the infield. Do you know what that means? That means we are camping in a place where the cars and trucks ( the Camping World Truck Series) are driving around us. I could see the cars driving around us. I was like a kid in complete awe, watching the cars practicing, driving around us as we were setting up our tent. We could have had RV tent space, if we had an RV. (This is my goal for next year).
For Friday and Saturday, people are walking around, enjoying the non-stop tailgating fun, but not the kind you don’t want your kids at. There is space to walk around the infield. If you have pit/paddock tickets, you can stroll into the pit area, see the cars getting their last minute checks, and even see the drivers. Watch the cars and trucks in practice and get up close and personal.
If you would like to sit and watch the practice and qualify or do not want pit/paddock tickets, take the tunnel from the infield to the grandstands.
During the weekend, when there is nothing happening on the track, there is the block party to attend. With live music, food to buy and entertainment to keep you entertained, it is a fun environment. As the night goes on, as it gets darker, the crowd gets more adult and a lot more rowdy. Still it wasn’t an environment that I would hesitate to take my young ones to.
For us, Sunday was a bust. We spent most of the day waiting to see if the race would go on because of rain. To no fault of the Pocono Raceway, the race was canceled but was scheduled for Monday. Let me tell you, see aNASCAR race in person ROCKS! yes, I know that is the professional way to say it, but seriously, it ROCKS. I have trouble watching the race on tv. My attention space just can not handle it. Watching the race live is great. using Fan Vision gear, which comes free with the Club Pocono seats or available to rent all over the racetrack, I was up to date and knew everything that was going on. The announcer feeds right into the headphones, I could watch certain drivers, I could even hear whatever drivers I chose talking to their crew. I could switch views and see stats. It made the race completely interactive for me.
Sitting in the Club Pocono seats, we felt like we were in the middle of the action. I felt like I was just about part of the pit crew when the cars came in for a pit stop.
The Pocono Raceway is called the Tricky Triangle because it is not the classic oval shape but in the shape of a triangle. And it is a LONG track. Measuring 2 and a half miles, this track has great turns and long straightaways. It certainly made it exciting.
The weather made the NASCAR PA 400 difficult for us. While the rain held off, the fog did not. And when it rolled in, man did it roll in. It reminded me of a scene from a horror movie. The fog completely engulfed the track.
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The Pocono Raceway is a must experience. If you want to try something new, see something for the first time, or want to have a fun family filled weekend, check out the Pocono Raceway.