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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:24 PM
This is a spring to remember for me first time to NYC to see the Broas. and first time to Daytona to see my first Nascar race in person. I remember thinking life was gonna suck at 39. Glad I was wrong about that. Anyway any tips for attending the 500 would be great, what to expect, what to bring (someone told me a spray bottle to help keep cool). Looking for answers. Thanks
 
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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:26 PM
Portable TV so you can watch the hockey game.

Heh heh.


 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:26 PM
Go fast, turn left.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:30 PM
I knew I was i trouble asking a vague question. Go Leafs
 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:32 PM
Bring lots and lots of money

Everything is jacked up when the 500 hits town


 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:33 PM
Take beer and LOTS of it
 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:34 PM
I went last year and froze my butt off! It was hot on Saturday and freezing on Sunday. Be prepared for both. Also, if you don't already have a room, call the Convention and Visitors Bureau for a list of mom and pop hotels that will be cheaper (the cheapest, most run down hotels are $150 or more during the 500!)

And have fun!

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:34 PM
Leafs us alone.
 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:43 PM
Am more an F1 fan than NASCAR, but I went for the first time a couple of years ago and loved it. Any grandstand seat about halfway up is a good view. And try to make the truck race on Thurs night- their motors are not restrictor plated which makes them about as quick as the cup cars. Busch race Sat is also good. Both are exciting and crowds are less so you can actually move around while for the 500 you'll be pretty much confined to your seat. Track museum is also worth the few dollars admission. Bring warm clothes-night race I went to dropped into the low 40's and I froze. And the race is pronounced the Day-tone-er Five Hunnert!
 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:47 PM
Thanks for the lingo tip, this west coast CDN gonna stick out with my oot and aboots so helps to speak the local lingo
 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:49 PM
You're not bringing Canadian money, right ??




 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:52 PM
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You're not bringing Canadian money, right ??






Remember, one Canadian $20 = $50 American.

Which is 5 $20 bills.




 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:56 PM
Get Fan ZOne for $20.00 worth every penny. Then go to the Bud Bistro and get a yard of beer for 10 bucks. You get a souvenier mug that is 5 bucks to refill!

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:58 PM
Now for an even better race experience, go over to Montreal for the Canadian GP. Been twice and love the city and Isle de Notre Dame setting. It's in June so your spring will really be great. Will never forget telling Canadian ticket agent at the airport I was from GA and he said he thought we only liked Nascar down there!
 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:59 PM
I'll bring the yankee bucks and the CDN beer. I'm thinking my beer selection in Daytoner will be watery tasting and really watery tasting. No offence but as they say whats the similarity between American beer and having sex in a canoe?
They're both fu&%#en close to water LOLOLOL

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 12:01 AM
give yourself plenty of time to get there on sunday - traffic is unbelievable. went a few years ago and the traffic for the busch race saturday was not too bad but sunday was backed up to orlando!

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 12:04 AM
Which is why I prefer Canadian Spring water from Lake Labatt.


 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 12:07 AM
Tell everyone that Lightnin' McQueen is your favorite car.
 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 12:48 AM
It's often cold at Daytona in February so be prepared. Go to the DIS website to see what the carry in policy is. I'm guessing 1 small 6 pack size soft sided cooler if you are in the Grandstands, no glass bottles and a clear bag for other carry ins.

It's been 12 years since my last 500 so I'm not sure how parking has changed. Plus we always camped in the infield.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 08:46 AM
The wife and I went to the twin 125's (which aren't called that anymore) for 10 straight years...until the prices got too outrageous. That Thursday race was nice, easy traffic in and out. Been to the 500 a couple of times. The pre 500 races are awesome, Trucks and sometimes they have the IROC race there. The Busch race is getting as packed as the 500 now.

By the way...Dale Earnhardt WON a twin 125 EVERY year throughout the 90's...let's see some of these young guns duplicate that...

You picked a good one for your first. It doesn't get any more expensive or commercial than this one. Also, be prepared to stand for most of the race. The seats remind me of those old folding metal chairs only with no legs, welded together as utterly close together as they can be...so if you are lucky enough to get seated next to a guy, say larger than 150lbs....you will be rubbing elbows the entire time.

Where are your seats? We seemed to always get Seagrave section...which is right at the exit of pit road.

Your first impression will be...wow this place is HUGE. One time it was raining in Turn 3, but no where else. It is an awesome experience and even though it's huge...those restrictor plated engines take a full lap or so to get up to speed...but when they train through at full speed.....wow, it doesn't get any better than that.

I agree with all previous posts...we've left Jax bundled up only to get to Daytona sweating and the opposite...be prepared for all weather.

Are you going to tailgate? If so, after the race you might as well fire up the grill and sit there because you are unlikely to move your car for 1 to 2 hours afterward.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 10:28 AM
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The wife and I went to the twin 125's (which aren't called that anymore) for 10 straight years...until the prices got too outrageous. That Thursday race was nice, easy traffic in and out. Been to the 500 a couple of times. The pre 500 races are awesome, Trucks and sometimes they have the IROC race there. The Busch race is getting as packed as the 500 now.




The Twins used to be the best race of the week before the top 35 in points were guaranteed a starting spot.

Also if you are there for a couple days of Speedweeks do yourself a favor, Go out to the Volusia County Speedway for the dirt races. The World of Outlws are there plus most of the top late model drivers. On an off NASCAR night you might see Stewart, Blaney & Schrader racing there.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 11:46 AM
Never been to Daytona, but have been to plenty of Nascar races at Michigan International Speedway. My favorite way to watch a race is to get grandstand seats halfway up and watch from there for about half the race. But then at some point I like to get up and walk thru the tunnel to the infield and move around from corner to corner, along the back stretch, etc. Gives a different perspective on the race, plus the action in the infield is usually pretty entertaining. I don't know if you can wander like that at Daytona though.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 12:40 PM
I have been to about 20 Daytona 24 hour sports car races, it's a yearly thing for me, my friend usually fields a car in the race every year (so I'm spoiled). I'm not into the "oval thing" at the 24 hours it's far less crowded and at lot more laid back scene, you will also have better accesss and get closer to the drivers and cars (more NASCAR drivers seem to run it every year too) which are cooler too: Porsches ,Ferraris, Maseratis,Corvettes,prototypes,etc. It's also a lot cheaper for a weekend pass, I've been hooked on sports car racing a long time and have been to Le Mans 6 times too.
 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 01:40 PM
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Bring lots and lots of money

Everything is jacked up when the 500 hits town


$$$$$$$$ . thats for sure

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 06:50 PM
must have: scanners and headphones to listen to your fav. drivers, nascar ect. you can purchase updated scanner freq. at trac scan trailer. oh and for daytona binoculars to see. i wish the 00 was closer to the wanee date, that would be a good double header. do me a favor, on the thrid lap hold up three fingers for the man dale earnhardt.
 
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