Know Before You Go
Whether you're a first-time guest or a seasoned veteran to attending an event at NHMS, we want to provide you with the information to ensure your next visit is your best visit.
If you have questions about an upcoming visit, we encourage you to call or email us.
You can't get to your seat without 'em!
Auto racing is loud, and we recommend noise-reducing headphones.
Sunscreen, Hat & Sunglasses
The sun can be strong, especially in the grandstands, and a sunburn will ruin anyone's day.
Be sure to check the weather report ahead of time, and pack the appropriate clothing for the temperature and conditions.
Comfortable Walking Shoes
At 1,200 acres, the property at NHMS is large, and while we provide trams and golf cart shuttle services to and from the grandstand area, there is still some walking to be done. Please wear appropriate footwear for getting around.
Don't forget to pick up your copy of the "Inside Track" Souvenir Program, which contains projected entry lists for each series, feature stories and more for only $10 at the Speedway World Gift Shop. It also comes with a limited edition collectible stock car.
Race Scanner or FanVision
These can be rented at the track, or, better yet, added onto a ticket purchase at a discounted rate.
Many fans find that lanyards are the easiest way to carry and maintain tickets, pre-race pit passes, IDs etc. Lanyards can be purchased at the Speedway World Gift Shop.
Photo of Parking Lot Sign
The Gil Rogers Highway five-lane road spans about three miles through our property, so make sure you take a photo of the sign closest to where you parked. This will help ensure you find your car much faster after the race.
All seating at NHMS is grandstand seating. Cushions are acceptable for your comfort, but please note that seat backs with arms are prohibited.
Representation of Your Favorite Driver
If you're new to NASCAR or need to pick up any additional merchandise, be sure to check out Souvenir Hauler Row located behind the Main Grandstand or the Speedway World Gift Shop located in the Main Office.
Cooler Stocked with Water & Food
We do have several food and beverage options available for purchase on-site, however we do allow coolers of 14" or less in dimension into our grandstands, and we encourage you to pack plenty of water, other drinks (yes, alcohol is allowed) and food. No glass, please!
Many of our fans choose to tailgate before and/or after the race. Be sure to bring everything that you might need for a successful tailgate, including:
- Grill & Grillware
- Plates & Utensils
- Food & Drinks
- Lawn Chairs
Beat the Heat! Top 10 List for a Summer NASCAR Race
1. Stay hydrated.
It keeps you cool and is your body's air conditioner.
2. Wear wicking & breathable clothing.
Let your body radiate your perspiration & wear cooling gear.
3. Get a cooling towel.
Soak it in ice & apply to your body's cooling points (wrist & neck).
4. Pack your drinks in ice.
It also acts as a portable air conditioner.
5. Wear a hat.
Better yet, soak your hat in cool or cold water.
6. Cool off in the NHMS Chill Zone.
Located behind the Main Grandstand near the Main Ticket Booth.
7. Take breaks from the sun when the action slows on the track.
Head into the shade & cool off for a bit, then head back out for great on-track action.
8. When it's hot, get something cool.
Treat yourself to an ice cream & enjoy the summer sun.
9. Grab a personal mister.
Misting can reduce temperatures from 10-30 degrees depending on how close you are to the mister.
10. Wear sunscreen, get your tickets now & enjoy the race.
Remember, six months ago it was -10 degrees & you were dreaming of summer.