I'm not exactly a NASCAR fan, but when the opportunity came to go see a race, I was outnumbered by all the boys in my house. They were all so excited to go, so how could I say no to that? On Saturday we drove down to Virginia International Raceway, which is almost two hours south of us.
When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. The racetrack is spread out all over, and you can walk around wherever you want. We were told the only place we couldn't go was in the pits. But we were able to walk around the paddocks and everywhere else. The VIR is a resort, so there are many places to explore.
It was neat for the boys to be able to check out all the excitement close up. See the truck to the right with the Krispy Kreme driver? He was 15 years old, and did very well during the race, placing 5th. Hard to imagine, since he can't even legally hold a driver's license!
There were plenty of dining options. We didn't buy any food there, but I did treat the boys to some cotton candy. It was the first time Cort and Reid tried it. Needless to say, it went over very well.
There were also several free bouncy houses set up for kids, and our three put them to good use. Then it was time for the race to start. The race was the Biscuitville 125 K and N Pro Series East race.
The course was curvy and long, so we were able to view the race from different places as we wandered about. There is even a lodge, which looked very nice. Because the course is so long, they have gazebos scattered throughout so that drivers can see caution flags when they're up.
This car ran into a bit of trouble around this curve, and spun out. Luck was with #37 and shortly it was right back on the track.
There were plenty of places to take a break and drive matchbox cars in your own race along the course. Shady spots with tree roots for driving on were ample. Really, this was the ideal spot for watching a race with kids. I loved that we weren't crammed into bleachers with a bunch of rowdy people.
In the end, Dylan Kwasniewski, #98, who had led the field for a large part of the race, took the win. The boys had such a fun time - and I found that I enjoyed it myself - really it was more like a walk in the park (with car racing) and this made it such a better experience than I expected. Plus, I confess it was so fun to take pictures of the race cars - I took over 100 pictures total!
Readers, have you ever been to a car race?
Disclaimer: I received tickets to the race for review purposes. The opinions above are my own.