425 Industrial Drive, Lexington (aka Welcome)

Visited in 2012


The Skinny--This shop is way, way, WAY out of the way. Its about an hour from the other Nascar shops, closer to Winston-Salem. Obviously if you're a fan of an RCR driver, or Dale Earnhardt, its worth the trip. Otherwise? I'd say skip it if you don't have the time. Note: The Richard Childress Museum is on site, but I didn't visit it. As such, this review only deals with the free portions of RCR.
Map of RCR's campus, courtesy
the RCR website

To See and Do: 4 though all the buildings aren't open to the public, those that are are packed-full of memorabilia, show cars, and race cars under construction.
Accessibility: 4 a bit of an odd set-up in the Cup garage, as you walk above the shop (still separated by glass) on a pretty circuitous route. Thankfully you can see pretty much everything. There's not as great a view in the Xfinity garage, but far fewer people.
Gift Shop: 5 plenty to buy and see here in the lobby of the RCR Museum. Great bargains too!
Friendliness of Staff: 3 you have to pipe up at the Cup garage to ask for hero cards. The Xfinity garage doesn't really have anyone there. I was pretty well ignored at the gift shop. The rest of the campus isn't open.

Final Verdict--See it IF you have the time, and/or are a fan of RCR itself. Skip it otherwise.

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