The Roadtreking Motorsports NASCAR Weekend

 The Roadtreking Motorsports NASCAR Weekend

You sure can’t say NASCAR races are unfriendly to RVers.

Instead, they seem more like RV rallies themed around racing.

At least that was our take after our first NASCAR event, the Roadtreking Motorsports and Music NASCAR gathering held at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklin, MI. There are about 10,000 other RVs camping around us. The speedway has 10 campgrounds that can hold nearly 9,000 rigs. That’s the infield campground on the featured image above. Private campgrounds around this huge racetrack are also filled with another 1,000 or so RVs.

Our gathering spot for the weekend
Our gathering spot for the weekend, not far from the track on the speedway grounds

NASCAR is very, very friendly to RVers.

We Roadtrekers had two days worth of racing. Trucks raced on Saturday in the Camping Works 100-lap NASCAR Truck Series and on Sunday, it was the Sprint Cup’s Pure Michigan 200, which drew such NASCAR giants as Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.

Roadtrek Motorhomes and Roadtrek Dealer American RV in Grand Rapids were our official hosts.

We had special tables, free food and refreshments in a VIP tent all weekend
We had special tables, free food and refreshments in a VIP tent all weekend

There were about 30 Roadtrekers in attendance, and we all parked together in the Brookfest Acres campground. We set up a “Roadtreking Central” area for nightly meet and greets around a CS Adventurous and a Roadtrek 2010 Popular brought by Chad Neff of American RV and a Roadtrek Zion brought by Roadtrek rep Joe Murray. Jennifer and my Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL was the fourth rig that created a sort of “town square” gathering spot for us to gather under the collective awnings of the RVs.

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The weather was hot and steamy all weekend. A violent thunderstorm blew in Friday night with wind gusts up to 60 mph, scattering campers for the safety of their units. We Roadtrekers all had our awnings in but others throughout the campground weren’t fast enough and several awnings were lost.

We spent Friday and Saturday watching the races, with food and refreshment provided in the VIP Acceleration Tent by Roadtrek and American RV. At nights, we had concerts and lots of socializing around the circle of Roadtreks previously mentioned.

I need to point out right up front, though, that NASCAR events are not for everyone. There’s a lot of beer drinking and revelry. They are not quiet places, that’s for sure, and you will need ear protection when near the track. At night, generators, music and lots of partying people can be heard, though the campground does try to quiet things down after 11 p.m. All this is to say that if you like a lot of action and excitement, and don’t mind being around a lot of people who may like it even more than you do, it’s an experience well worth trying. For me, people watching was almost as much fun as race car watching.

You will also walk a lot. I chalked up almost eight miles Saturday, going to and from the campground a couple of times, to the stands, under the track to the pits, over to the Acceleration Tent and throughout the various booths and attractions in the parking lot around the racetrack.

For us, being with our Roadtreking friends, made for a great weekend. Thanks to Roadtrek’s Events Manager Joe Morales who spent days working out the details and all the perks that made this weekend so special.

Here’s a bunch of photos to give you a flavor of what a NASCAR event is like.

A flyover started the Saturday races
A flyover started the Saturday races
This NASCAR fan has it all...cigarette, his cooler of beer on a scooter, no shirts and no shoes
This NASCAR fan has it all…cigarette, his cooler of beer on a scooter, no shirt and flip-flops
There seems to be some sort of a contest for which campsite can generate the largest pile of empties
There seems to be some sort of a contest for which campsite can generate the largest pile of empties
Our Roadtreks has their own area of the campground
Our Roadtreks has their own area of the campground
We got nice views from the pits
We got nice views from the pits
A driver gets ready to hit the track
A driver gets ready to hit the track
In the parking lot, stunt mototcyclists did jumps and tricks over a giant semi-tractor trailer
In the parking lot, stunt mototcyclists did jumps and tricks over a giant semi-tractor trailer

 

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,,and if the controversy over the e Confederate Flag has made it politically incorrect in some circles, those circles haven’t obviously extended to NASACR races

 

 

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There were a lot of NASCAR fans wearing Confederate flag shirts

 

Th Nichigan Internataional Speedway is the fastest track on the NAAR circuit
The Michigan International Speedway is the fastest track on the NASCAR circuit
This trailer right across from us lost an awning in Friday night's windstorm
This trailer right across from us lost an awning in Friday night’s windstorm
These folks a row behind us lost a big tent. At least they had a sense of humor about it.
These folks a row behind us lost a big tent. At least they had a sense of humor about it.

 

Our hosts, American RV's Chad Neff and Roadtrek Motorhome' Joe Murray
Our hosts, American RV’s Chad Neff and Roadtrek Motorhome’s Joe Murray
The view from the stands of Saturday's Camper's World NASCAR Truck Race
The view from the stands of Saturday’s Camper’s World NASCAR Truck Race
NASCAR fans were in good spirits. This bunch waved as we passed by
NASCAR fans were in good spirits. This bunch waved as we passed by
This NASCAR fan found a tropical drink to cool off with
This NASCAR fan found a tropical drink to cool off with
Hot air baloons passed over Roadtrek Row in the campground Saturday night
Hot air baloons passed over Roadtrek Row in the campground Saturday night

 

Mike Wendland

Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.