Your Guide to Going to Your First NASCAR Race

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A NASCAR race is a unique experience. You get to experience firsthand the roar of the engines and the crowd, the cars whizzing by at each turn and the thrill of seeing your favorite driver cross the finish line first.

Races are quite entertaining, and can make a nice road trip if you don’t live near any of the competitive tracks. Relative to other major sporting events, race tickets can be found at reasonable prices when purchased early enough, and the experience will certainly make the cost worthwhile.

If you’re planning to travel to a nascar race now’s the time to start. Here are a few things you’ll want to know:

How NASCAR’s Pit Stops Have Changed And Evolved

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NASCAR is a classic American sport. The Daytona 500, also called “The Great American Race” and “The Super Bowl of NASCAR,” routinely attracts a crowd of 250,000 people each February.

It’s exhilarating to watch dozens of stock cars whizzing around a track, weaving in and out of each other for control of the race. The drivers you see on those tracks are very talented, and behind every great driver is a great pit crew. They change a car’s tires, refuel its gas and check for any problems that need fixing, all in a matter of seconds. These precious seconds can be the difference in winning or losing a race, so speed is paramount in a pit stop.

Pit stops have evolved in a relatively short amount of time — NASCAR only formed as an entity in the mid-1930s. The pit stops America saw 80 years ago are not the same pit stops it sees today.

Leavine Family Racing Welcoming Back Michael McDowell and Todd Parrott for 2017 Season

CONCORD, N.C. (January 5, 2017) – Leavine Family Racing (LFR) is excited to announce the return of veteran nascar driver Michael McDowell for the 2017 Monster Energy nascar Cup Series season. McDowell will once again pilot the No. 95 Chevrolet SS and is signed on to be the primary driver for LFR in all 36 races next season, making the team Chase eligible for the first time since its inception in 2011.