Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Heads up to NASCAR Race Fans (Internet Explorer 9 Version)

Version 2:  We apologize to those who only saw the title of this blog when originally posted on Nov. 2nd. After research we believe it was a conflict with Internet Explorer 9 - we hope you can see the post now!

It’s true! Many campers love auto racing…and in the Carolinas NASCAR rules the track. Ocean Lakes Family Campground has several great tracks in its “back yard” and we wanted guests to know about some upcoming race events.

The Myrtle Beach Speedway 

This historic track has a new owner and has gone through renovations. The 2012 events have proven successful catering to families with young children and race fans alike the with “Wheels of Destruction” and “Monster Trucks” to the upcoming Myrtle Beach 400.

Located 13 miles from Ocean Lakes, this half-mile semi-oval track is poised for success and has a seating capacity for more than 12,000 fans. The Myrtle Beach Speedway is sure to fill that capacity in two weeks with the 20th Annual Myrtle Beach 400 -the end of season showdown. This event features five exciting days of activities beginning on Wednesday, November 14th through Sunday, November 18th. Keeping families in mind, kids 12 and under are FREE!

The Charlotte Motor Speedway 

This superspeedway is located a few hours northwest of Myrtle Beach, 180 miles from Ocean Lakes, is the legendary 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. (What’s better than enjoying a race, then relaxing on the beach?) If you are new to this track, they have a great “First Timer” web page.  This speedway hosts three premiere NASCAR events each year - the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500. A state of the art, 4/10 mile clay oval, The Dirt Track at Charlotte, sits across Highway 29 from the superspeedway. The zMAX Dragway is adjacent to The Dirt Track and features the world’s only four-lane all-concrete racing surface. Plus, located in the heart of NASCAR country, you’ll want to tour the Hall of Fame.

I recently took a tour of this racing mecca. Having been in the campground industry for years, I was amazed at speedway’s campground facility. Did you realize that you can camp there year round while in the Charlotte area? Whether you have a Class A motorhome and want full service hook-ups, or just a little grass space for your family's tent, they have it!

The Darlington Raceway 

…the track “Too Tough to Tame!” For 60 years, race fans have experienced this 1.25-mile legendary track. Only 85 miles from Ocean Lakes Family Campground, race fans can see the checkered flags and then check-in for oceanfront camping in Myrtle Beach! The track roars to life Mother’s Day Weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide 200 Series (May 10th) and the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (May 11th).  Perhaps you’d like to experience camping on the infield before the oceanfront, either way it will be an experience to remember!

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