Saturday, April 14, 2012

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When I 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!

GENERAL ADVICE:

  I visited every race shop in 2012, and most race shops again in 2013.  The shops I revisited in 2013 are marked as such at the top of the review.

  New for 2013--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!

  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.

Nascar's Home
  I've stayed at hotels in Charlotte's "Uptown" and Charlotte's northern "University Area"--the University area seemed like the best place to be. By being in North Charlotte, you'll be centrally located to the Mooresville AND Charlotte-based race shops.

  I focused my trips on free experiences, so there was no visit to Michael Waltrip Racing (admission fee) or the Richard Childress Museum (race shop's free, but museum has an admission fee). One notable exception was the Nascar Hall of Fame, which is WELL worth the price of admission!

  Speaking of RCR, they have a nice facility, but it is well out of the way from the other teams (about an hour's drive). If you're only in Charlotte for 2-3 days, and not a fan of any Childress drivers, its probably worthwhile to skip it.

  No, I didn't visit Furniture Row Racing.

  A helpful clerk at the Nascar Hall of Fame informed me that the Hall (and most of the race shops) are elbow-to-elbow crowded on Charlotte race weeks. Best to focus on a non-Charlotte week of the schedule.

  Some information here is compiled from the teams' own websites. Some is from www.raceshops.com, 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.

Hero Card Example
  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!

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