You have moved your family half way across the country and time has come for you 14 year old son to turn 15.  He is a big sports fan, but not really in to any of the local teams that are in season.  Has not really developed any close friends he wants to invite to a party yet so he come up with the idea of going the see his favorite sport when NASCAR comes to Texas.  Being the guilt rid parent that I am after dragging my kids on our 13 move in the last 23 years, I jumped into planning for the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

My son and I ready for the Green Flag.

My son wanted to go to both of the major races this weekend, the O ’Riley Auto Parts 300 and the Duck Commander 500.  (Yes, that Duck Commander as in Duck Dynasty on A&E).  So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for us to rent an RV and camp at Texas Moto Speedway and have a complete NASCAR experience.  We have been to races before, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Rockingham speedway, but we have never done the entire weekend.  If you have never been to a NASCAR event, they are truly entertainment.  The track promoters, race teams, the sanctioning body (NASCAR) have all worked together to make NASCAR Cup Series Races some of the most entertaining professional sporting events in the world.

Waiting for the Command to start Engines

At first we thought our entire family of five would go, but with both of the races being night races, we decided it we better if just my son and I go this time.  I learned one thing right off the top.  Renting an RV is more expensive thank you think.  If it had been all 5 maybe the cost would work out, but at over $500 for the weekend a hotel room would be cheaper.  We always picnic as we travel with such a large family so food between the two would be a wash.

One of the more challenging aspects of this trip turned out to be finding a hotel within decent distance to the track that was not price gouging for a “special event”.  I got lucky and found a Fairfield Inn by Marriott that with a discount I have access to made the price a reasonable amount and only about 10 miles from the track.

We got 2 great nights of sleep at the Fairfield Inn.

So off we went.  This was our seventh time attending one of the NASCAR national touring series events.  Having been to races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway (a long time ago), Texas Motor Speedway is on the upper end of amenities scale.  Lots of good food and the giant TV on the back stretch really lets you get a good view.  Friday night’s Xfinty Series race was great, good exciting racing and a good group of fans sitting around us. Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Race was not as exciting, but we had a good time.  If you have never been to a NASCAR event, the fan zone is worth going to even if you do not buy a ticket and watch the race.  You can meet drivers (and in this case an astronaut) and learn about cars, racing and and strangely enough Lasik.

My son’s favorite driver Jimmie Johnson #48
The most popular driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt Jr #88
Outside the NASA display in the Fan Zone.
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