Few parties compare to a NASCAR bash in the Bluegrass
State, and the fan fare for this year’s Quaker State 400 at
Kentucky Speedway promises to be as thrilling as ever.
The summer months usually correspond with warm temperatures, beautiful weather and some of the most exciting racing the
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has to offer. There are a
myriad of reasons to set up a tailgate at this year’s
Quaker State 400 on July 9 at Kentucky Speedway.
But for the sake of brevity, here are a few on which
Make It a Weekend: In addition to the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series’ Quaker State 400, the NASCAR
XFINIT Y Series takes center stage on July 8 for the
Alsco 300. Kentucky Speedway sells wristbands
for infield and backstretch camping for the entire
weekend, so there’s no reason to limit tailgating
experiences to one day.
No Item Left Behind: In addition to grilling out
before the racing action heats up, checking out the
24-hour convenience store is a must for last-minute
camping or tailgating needs. The store is in the
Ponderosa campground near the race track, and is
a one-stop shop for fans ready to turn it up a notch.
Fans First: No race-day experience at Kentucky
Speedway is complete without a visit to the Fan
Zone, located behind pit road. The area requires a
Fan Zone pass, but it’s worth the added expense.
The Fan Zone features fan-friendly interactive attractions, and a perfect view of driver introductions.
There’s a lot to see once the weekend begins.
Every stop on the NASCAR tour offers special
memories for fans seeking unique experiences.
In Kentucky’s case, the tailgates are often quite
HOW LONG HAVE YOU
BEEN A RACE FAN?
I was raised in a racing
family. As a kid, my dad
worked on midget cars, and
like anyone in racing knows,
once you catch the fever, it
stays in your blood forever.
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE
I don’t really have one. I like
to pull for the young guys like
Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney
and John Hunter Nemechek.
Nemechek is kind of like the
old guard, so I probably like
him the most.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD
Tailgates are just great for
what they are. It’s the closest thing to heaven in my life.
WHAT CAN FANS FIND
AT YOUR TAILGATES?
We’ll cook turkey, chicken,
steak, just any kind of good
HOW MAN Y PEOPLE
SHOW UP TO YOUR
Well I’m the mayor of the
fourth turn campground at
Charlotte Motor Speed way,
so our tailgates are going to
get a lot of people. It’s a real
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Davey Anderson, of Valdese, North Carolina, has one of the best tailgates at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and a menu full of delicious Cajun food is part of what
makes it so special.
■ Ingredients: 1 pack of corn cobbettes; 3 pounds of new
potatoes, 4 sliced, smoked sausages; 4-6 pounds of
crab legs; 2 pounds of shrimp; 3 pounds of crawfish;
and Old Bay seasoning
■ Prep: 10 minutes
■ Cook: 30-35 minutes
■ Cook at 275-300 degrees for approximately 30 minutes
until crab floats or changes color. Place shrimp and
crawfish in a mesh bag and place in pot. Continue
to steam for approximately 5 more minutes, or until
shrimp turn white. Drain water, place disposable table-
cloth on table and empty contents. Oh, and enjoy!