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    racefan20 and I kicked this idea around last summer. How many races could a fan see at their local short track using the same money they would spend to go to a "big" race? We are aware of the variables, distance, motels, etc. But more or less, I just wonder. Mr. H. said about 4 nights at Bloomington would cost as much as one NASCAR race.

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    I'd be willing to say that I could do a full season at Lernerville for what I spend on Indy race weekend. Fuel, hotel, race tickets, junk spending, two other races (parking, fuel, tickets, junk spending), etc. A thirty race season should only run you $500-600 depending on how many specials they run. I suppose you do have to factor in some fuel cost though.

    if youa re talking the family of four, I'd bet I could do at least 10-12 nights of local action for every one big race. Figure the hotels and fuel don't cost any more for 4 than they do for 1. Of course that junk spending factor rises sharply though.
    Dan Schlosser
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    • #3
      Just ticket costs - 7 or 8?

      Travel related costs, food, fuel, lodging, trinkets, etc. - 10 or 12?

      Depend on your definition of "BIG".


      I only do two "big" events nowadays, Indy and Knoxville. Either one would cover a whole season locally. But then both of them are "getaways" with the wife, and cost accordingly.

      Some local 'semi-big' events, at the Glen or Dover can be done rather economically.
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      • #4
        I have previously figured that my weekend at Bristol runs me about $800 for 4 nights, a few practices, and 2 marathon races that are jam packed with yellow flags.

        (I know... but where else am I supposed to go to watch my USAC guys race?)

        Anyway, I can go to Winchester or Eldora from Indy for about $75 a night, if I make it a round trip with no overnight stay.

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        • #5
          The one time that I kept really close track of the money I spent going to races was in 1994. I spent $1000 on a four day trip to Phoenix for the Copper World including airfare, hotel, rental car, food, and souveniers. Also, an obligatory sidetrip to Manzy. I went to 64 other shows that year, most of the local variety, and spent an additional $2100. The last NASCAR Cup event I went to, other than the 2000 Daytona 500, was in Pocono. In addition to sitting in traffic for a combined 5 1/2 hours, the costs were; Gas - $35, Ticket - $75, 1 cheeseburger & coke - $9, program - $10. The decision to never attend another NASCAR Cup event - priceless.
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          • #6
            LOL - Dwight that is a classic line at the end. You are my hero!

            Dan Schlosser
            Go fast, turn left !
            www.tracksideonline.com

            "Count all your blessings, just don't keep score...."
            Mark "Hoot" Marchetti

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            • #7
              Dan, I must say that Dwight was my hero before he came up with that one.

              A typical weekend here is Bloomington on Friday and Lawrenceburg on Saturday. If one adds up gas/food/tickets for both nights from here, it's about a $60 weekend.

              Recently 3 other fools and I went to the NASCAR race at Martinsville, and the truck race too on Saturday. Gas/tickets/food/motel/etc. (don't go there, LOL) all added up to about $420.

              So, from that perspective it's about 7 weekends of short track racing, Hoosier style as opposed to one at my favorite track that NASCAR still races on.

              Well, the guys and I did have fun. But most weekends I see either racefan20 or some of you folks here in Indiana. To me, that, too, is priceless.

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              • #8
                Snagged some freebs for the Fontana IRL race, so all it cost was a couple of beers.
                Perris, probably $40 to $50.
                Ventura... Don't want to think about it.
                (We usually break out the T-Bucket and make a Pacific Coast Highway weekend out of it. )
                REAL race cars have kingpins. :p

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dwcremax
                  The last NASCAR Cup event I went to, other than the 2000 Daytona 500, was in Pocono. In addition to sitting in traffic for a combined 5 1/2 hours, the costs were; Gas - $35, Ticket - $75, 1 cheeseburger & coke - $9, program - $10. The decision to never attend another NASCAR Cup event - priceless.
                  LOL!

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