Okay....full disclosure....we had never experienced a NASCAR race. Not that we didn't want to. It's always been on our bucket list. But we never had the opportunity. Until now!
We spent last weekend experiencing everything that NASCAR had to offer. And we did it at the Mecca. We're talking Charlotte Motor Speedway!
And to top that off, we did it in an RV in the infield. You heard right. We went from being NASCAR virgins to being infield veterans in one weekend.
We then found our way to the Fan Zone which is like an amusement park for racing enthusiasts. We found everything from sponsor exhibits, car displays, racing merchandise and extensive racer paraphernalia. No matter who your favorite driver is, there are T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, flags, stuffed animals, bumper stickers and clothing of all kinds flaunting their face or number.
After a quick bite back in our RV, we headed back out to enjoy the race. And here's where we learned our second lesson. Take earplugs. It doesn't matter what kind.....scanners if you want to listen to the action (highly recommended!), over the ear noise canceling headphones or simply ear buds....don't leave home without them. The noise is deafening. But no one seems to mind as the cars zip around the 1.5-mile track at speeds we mere mortals can only dream of experiencing.
NASCAR enthusiasts obviously love the race but, as importantly, they love Charlotte Motor Speedway. And they can't wait to share their passion and enthusiasm with others around them. Even these one-time NASCAR virgins!