Saturday, April 14, 2012


UPDATED MAY 10 2015!

When I first decided to visit the race shops of Nascar, I was surprised that there wasn't a comprehensive source for all the information I needed. Well, I've made my own right here. I've tried to give you a preview of each major shop, let you know the smaller ones worth visiting, and a few other tips as well. Most importantly, I'm giving you itineraries to follow--saves travel time AND gas! Well, lets go!


  My three visits occurred in 2012, 2013, and 2015.  The years visited are marked as such at the top of the review.

  I was able to talk to some employees at the race shops and picked up some "Insider Tips" that are NOT (to my knowledge) available anywhere else online!  Look for the Insider Tips!
Every big shop has a gift-shop, and
most of them sell race-used sheet-
metal.  This was the selection at
Stewart-Haas Racing (the pieces
above are race-used splitters).

  The best days of the week to visit are Tuesday and Wednesday. Mondays can work if the previous race was nearby. Thursdays are a "getaway day" so there isn't nearly as much activity.  Fridays are almost always dead.

  The best general area to stay, hotel-wise, is in either North-Charlotte (typically referred to as the University area) or one of the northern-suburbs such as Concord.  This will put you in close proximity to the Charlotte AND Mooresville shops, although you can deal with some major traffic in the afternoons!

  Every race shop has free admission (Michael Waltrip Racing used to charge admission, but they ended that policy in 2015). One notable exception was the Nascar Hall of Fame, which is WELL worth the price of admission!

  Unless you are a huge fan of one of the Richard Childress Racing drivers, you might just want to skip it.  It's located in the Winston-Salem area, about an hour's drive from the rest of the shops.  Also, while the RCR race shop itself is free, the team museum charges admission.  Other race shops that I didn't visit due to distance concerns were Furniture Row Racing (located in Colorado) and HScott Motorsports (located in South Carolina).

  The general rule is that the race shops and Hall-of-Fame are elbow-to-elbow crowded on Charlotte race weeks. Best to focus on a non-Charlotte week of the schedule.

2015 Jimmie Johnson Hero Card
  Some information here is compiled from the teams' own websites. Some is from, the most comprehensive source I found. The rest is from my own experience.

  Obviously the any race team logos are the properties of those race teams.  All of the pictures, however (unless noted) are my own.

  A note on "Hero Cards"--these are the 8.5"x11" heavy-stock cards that have lots of information on the teams, drivers, and sponsors. They're a nice cheap way to get souvenirs, since you can usually only get them from the teams themselves. Most everyone had them available when I was there.

  The Ratings are on a 1-5 scale. Thankfully I had virtually no negative experiences there, so the lowest scores mostly reflect shops that aren't set up for fans (most of the smaller teams). I also tried to sum it up with a final "See it" or "Skip it" rating.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Not sure if you are still updating this blog but I visited Michael Waltrip Racing in May 2014 (week between All Star race & 600) and there was no admission fee. The lady that gave us the tickets, made it sound like they're not planning to charge fee.

    Your blog was very helpful for determining where to visit on my trip! Thanks!