Charlotte - Taking a First Timer - Suggestions?

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Since: Mar 13

East Providence, RI

#1 Mar 19, 2013
Hi all, first time here... taking my GF to her first NASCAR race for her birthday, Charlotte for the Coca Cola 600 (with the Richard Petty Ride Along for a surprise the day after).

She's been to other motorsports events (we go to one or so different ones per year), Lime Rock, AMA Motorcycle Road Racing, local midgets (Thompson CT) to name a few.

I've been before (first races attended at Riverside CA in the 60s, Talladega, Dover, New Hampshire), but we've waited because I wanted her first NASCAR experience to be big and fast (the whole enchilada, no restrictor plate, bigger track)- and this year our sked works out for the Charlotte race.

I know I like walking around and generally hanging out with other race fans... but I want to make this as good as I can for her - it's her first one (and her birthday present.)

I've noticed that lots of folks seem to think that only the highest seats are good -(I get the obvious - that you can't see the whole track from down low), but what about suggestions for mid height seat tickets - Charlotte in particular - what do you folks recommend?(I was actually thinking about the less intoxicated, less smoke, family section?)

Also - those of you that know the area and the track - recommendations for food, good/bad hotels (she's a walker - but not a camper), anything else tip-wise... trying to make this her best birthday adventure.

All thoughts and ideas welcome. Thanks for reading.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#2 Mar 19, 2013
BobW-BristolRI wrote:
Hi all, first time here... taking my GF to her first NASCAR race for her birthday, Charlotte for the Coca Cola 600 (with the Richard Petty Ride Along for a surprise the day after).
She's been to other motorsports events (we go to one or so different ones per year), Lime Rock, AMA Motorcycle Road Racing, local midgets (Thompson CT) to name a few.
I've been before (first races attended at Riverside CA in the 60s, Talladega, Dover, New Hampshire), but we've waited because I wanted her first NASCAR experience to be big and fast (the whole enchilada, no restrictor plate, bigger track)- and this year our sked works out for the Charlotte race.
I know I like walking around and generally hanging out with other race fans... but I want to make this as good as I can for her - it's her first one (and her birthday present.)
I've noticed that lots of folks seem to think that only the highest seats are good -(I get the obvious - that you can't see the whole track from down low), but what about suggestions for mid height seat tickets - Charlotte in particular - what do you folks recommend?(I was actually thinking about the less intoxicated, less smoke, family section?)
Also - those of you that know the area and the track - recommendations for food, good/bad hotels (she's a walker - but not a camper), anything else tip-wise... trying to make this her best birthday adventure.
All thoughts and ideas welcome. Thanks for reading.
With the way NASCAR is headed downhill,You would make more brownie points taking your GF on a Carnival cruise.
nascrap

Campbellsville, KY

#3 Mar 20, 2013
BobW-BristolRI wrote:
Hi all, first time here... taking my GF to her first NASCAR race for her birthday, Charlotte for the Coca Cola 600 (with the Richard Petty Ride Along for a surprise the day after).
She's been to other motorsports events (we go to one or so different ones per year), Lime Rock, AMA Motorcycle Road Racing, local midgets (Thompson CT) to name a few.
I've been before (first races attended at Riverside CA in the 60s, Talladega, Dover, New Hampshire), but we've waited because I wanted her first NASCAR experience to be big and fast (the whole enchilada, no restrictor plate, bigger track)- and this year our sked works out for the Charlotte race.
I know I like walking around and generally hanging out with other race fans... but I want to make this as good as I can for her - it's her first one (and her birthday present.)
I've noticed that lots of folks seem to think that only the highest seats are good -(I get the obvious - that you can't see the whole track from down low), but what about suggestions for mid height seat tickets - Charlotte in particular - what do you folks recommend?(I was actually thinking about the less intoxicated, less smoke, family section?)
Also - those of you that know the area and the track - recommendations for food, good/bad hotels (she's a walker - but not a camper), anything else tip-wise... trying to make this her best birthday adventure.
All thoughts and ideas welcome. Thanks for reading.
If you are taking her to Charlotte and want to impress her, I suggest the World Finals at the dirt track.

Since: Mar 13

East Providence, RI

#4 Mar 20, 2013
nascrap wrote:
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If you are taking her to Charlotte and want to impress her, I suggest the World Finals at the dirt track.
Thanks. That's a possibility - I was planning on both Nationwide Saturday and Sunday, hadn't thought about Friday night - will look into it - depends on whether we can get down there early enough on Friday to both check into the hotel then get to the track in time. Appreciate the idea. Regards, Bob W, Bristol RI
bubbba

Lillington, NC

#5 Mar 20, 2013
The ride along will be the best part. If you can change weeks off work go the week before to the All Star race, the racing is sort of better(used to be much better) and tickets are half price. The 600 is to long for a first timer and they spend 400 + miles running on cruise control. Charlotte and Concord merchants double + their hotel rates on race weeks if you can stand a 40 mile drive to the track you can save hundreds by staying in Gastonia or Hickory N.C With their big screen you don,t need to sit on the front stretch to see pit action, focus on turns two and four. Hope you enjoy your time in North Carolina God Bless
bubbba

Lillington, NC

#6 Mar 20, 2013
BobW-BristolRI wrote:
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Thanks. That's a possibility - I was planning on both Nationwide Saturday and Sunday, hadn't thought about Friday night - will look into it - depends on whether we can get down there early enough on Friday to both check into the hotel then get to the track in time. Appreciate the idea. Regards, Bob W, Bristol RI
If you go to the Nationwide race ask for the family grandstand seats in turn four.You can get great seats for as low as $25, they will always show not available on the Lowes on line ticket site but if you call the ticket office there are thousands available. I plan to be there pulling for Morgan Shepherd

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