Cost of attending a NASCAR race

Attending one of motor sport’s biggest crowd pullers in the United States can be a costly outing. Seeing the cars race around the track is an adrenalin rush not only for the drivers but for the crowds as well. The stars have a tremendous crowd appeal and it has been one of America’s favourite sporting events for many years.

Attending the event is more than just the entrance fee. The race takes a lot of time and this means that spectators will require food and drink throughout the day.

NascarWe will investigate the cost factor involved to attend these events. It starts with the entrance fee. Depending on where the event is hosted, entrance can vary between $88 for the average event. The more popular and best venues such as Daytona can charge as much as $600just to enter the arena.

Many spectators bring their own cooler boxes and food with to consume during the day and to save money as well as waiting in long lines, missing something spectacular happening on the track. Things happen rather fast as the cars travel at tremendous speeds. Missing the action while waiting to get something to eat can therefore ruin a good day at the races. Many events are restricting the use of alcohol but fans have found ways around this rule. Being at the track for the weekend can therefore add a hefty bill for food and drinks.

This brings us to the other big expense, accommodation. Depending on the specific venue the spectators may experience a shortage of hotel accommodation as these are normally sold out well in advance. Hotel rates are a source of concern as it has happened that they increase their rates over race week-ends. Some hotels are working with racing officials to offer guests a package that is reasonable and could also include entrance to the track. Spectators come from all over the country and hotel rooms may not always be available within easy reach of the track.

tentThe alternative, camping on the grounds has become a big enjoyable and cheap option. The atmosphere in the camping area is fantastic and people make new friends and rediscover some old friends among the crowds. Some tracks offer reserved spots which is without saying the prime places to make camp. The non-reserved camping sites are normally available on a first come first taken basis. People have found that if they arrive on the Friday they are getting the worst sites on the grounds. This means arriving days before the race is the best option to have a view site for the race. There are a few sites with well stocked stores to top up the groceries or other items.

The final cost implication of visiting the race is the gas used to travel from home to the event. If not staying close by this could become a very expensive factor.

So going to a NASCAR event involve much more than the price paid for entrance. The good news is that prices are at the best levels of affordability in many years.

See you at NASCAR.

Add More Fun to Your Campground with Trampolines

CampgroundSwimmingPool-300x196If you want to bring more people to your campground, you should probably give people more to do while they are there. A lot of campgrounds have swimming pools or tennis courts for guests to play at while they are visiting it. Anything you can add is a great way to keep kids and families from growing bored on their vacation at your park. One thing that most campgrounds do not have available for their guests is a trampoline. If you consider adding one of them to your park, you will make your park better than others who may be nearby, because who doesn’t enjoy jumping??

Why A Trampoline?

All kids love trampolines. They enjoy doing trick jumps and trying to see who can get the most air from their bounces in a competition of sorts. Adults also use them to get their exercise and to play with their children, especially if they have small children along on the trip. Most campgrounds do not consider the possibilities behind a trampoline. They stick only with the most popular. By adding one to your park, you will be separating yourself from other campgrounds. You could even go one step further and invest in a trampoline tent. A trampoline tent is a fitting addition to any campground and is something that most people haven’t seen yet. These are a relatively new innovation that allows for a tent to be placed on top of round trampolines.

What about Liability?

Liability is a concern for campgrounds. However, with a trampoline you can protect yourself from these concerns. Post a sign that talks about safe jumping, limiting jumpers, and encourage people to not do tricks. State clearly that jumpers are doing it at their own risk. From there, you should include accessories that will enable jumpers to be protected from possible injuries. These accessories may include a ladder to help them get onto it safely as well as a net enclosure to help them stay on the mat.

However, to further trampoline safety in your campground, look around and read reviews instead of simply going out and buying the first ladder or net that you find. There are different types and different features for various trampolines. You’ll want to make note that rectangle trampolines provide more of a jumping surface, thus encouraging more jumpers, which could ultimately lead to injuries. Read whether homeowners with kids are happy with the investment. It will point you in the right direction if you know which type of safety equipment parents prefer on their private trampolines.


Let ‘em Bounce Their Way to Fun

By simply giving kids another option at your campground, you will be proving to the entire family that their happiness is your primary concern. You will show them that you are happy to go beyond a kiddie playground and a swimming pool. The more you give, the happier everyone will be, and the more likely they will be to return on their next vacation.

It is a game plan that ensures everyone comes out a winner. Kids will win because they have something new and exciting to do. Parents will win because their kids will be out playing rather than telling them how bored they are. You will win because happy kids and happy parents make for returning visitors who may choose to stay even longer in your campground at a later time. Can you think of any reason why you should not do all that you can to bring visitors back?

Suggestions For Improving The Appearance of Your House

There are a number of things that really bring down the whole look and appeal of your house. They are simple things that homeowners tend to not keep up with and they don’t realize that just a little time and maintenance could do wonders for their humble abode. If you are looking at your house thinking “this needs some work” then take a look at the following recommendations and ask yourself if they are bringing down your home. Don’t let your home’s appearance go and be that neighbor that is stinking up the neighborhood. You should take pride in your house. It is where you will create memories with your family for years to come. So don’t wait until you decide to sell the house to clean it up. Do it now so that you can enjoy your home and not be embarrassed inviting friends over.

Yard work: this is one of those things that people hate to do, but with just a little effort it really does make a huge difference on the appearance of your house. Mow the yard, trim back those hedges, pull the weeds, rake the leaves and maybe even add some mulch around your flower beds and you will be amazed at how much better your home will look.


Pool maintenance: A sparkling blue pool can turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis, but a cloudy, green pool can quickly deter any house guests. If you have green growing along the pool walls and floor, its time to tackle that problem and remove the algae from your pool. If you are experiencing cloudiness in the pool, you can clear a cloudy pool with just a little bit of effort.

Clean the windows: you’d be surprised at the difference clean windows can make. Especially those facing the front of your house and welcoming your guests. This is one chore that so many people never ever do, but give it a try and just see the transformation. Distilled vinegar is said to be the best solution for cleaning windows, and many also recommend using old newspaper rather than rags or paper towels. Then proceed to dry the windows with a microfiber clothe so that streaking does not occur.


Update your front door: the front door is usually the first place most people’s eyes will go to when looking at a house. If your front door needs a little updating, try painting a fresh coat or even a new color of paint to make it pop. Consider a new door knob if it needs it, or try hanging a wreath on the door or something welcoming.

Pressure wash: Take a pressure washer to your house and you won’t believe the amount of dirt that will come off. You might even find a new shade of paint under all of that mess, especially if your house is a lighter color. You can rent a pressure washer or borrow one from a friend if you don’t have one. Don’t forget the drive way and any sidewalks you might have. Clean them up and let them shine.

Clear the rubbish: Some people tend to let the junk in their yard getting a little out of hand. If its not a tire swing, then get rid of it. Having a bunch of junk laying around the yard is a simple way to bring the entire look of your house down. Don’t be one of those people that throws their trash in the yard to let Mother Nature handle. Do something about it. Pick it up and store it in a shed or garage so that it is not visible to neighbors or house guests.

If you follow even just a few of these recommendations, you will see how fast you can turn the appearance of your home around. It will probably even motivate you to keep going. Like we said before, its important that you do these things now so that you can really enjoy your house to the fullest. So many people wait until its time to sell their house before they clean it up. It seems crazy to me. Enjoy it while you can. Be proud of it. Don’t let a few hours of maintenance keep you from improving your home environment.

Essentials for Camping

Although cities are growing in size, people still desire to escape the rat race and get back to nature. Now more than ever, camping is catching on as a weekend getaway. The best part about this is usually camping can be quite inexpensive assuming you already have all your camping gear. There are a few essentials you will want to make sure you have with you before heading off into the wilderness. Take a browse through our list of essentials for camping to make sure you have some of the not so obvious camping items which can make your trip a lot more enjoyable.


It usually goes without saying but the single most important item to bring on a camping trip is likely to be your tent.  I say usually, because there is a recent trend in camping under the stars. If you have never heard of camping under the stars, it is a camping technique as the name implies camping without a tent. There are also now tent hammocks which are basically hammocks with netting on top to prevent bugs. Nonetheless, this is a modified version of camping under the stars.

Now assuming you are not camping under the stars nor do you have one of those fancy RVs or travel trailers, you’ll need a tent. Tents have really come down in price lately, so there is surely a tent to fit almost everyone’s budget. Tents can be had for as little as $20-40 now, especially if you catch a good sporting goods sale. On the other hand, tents can get up into the hundreds of dollars, especially if you plan to do some extreme camping in harsh conditions which requires a higher grade tent.


Many times if you are camping out in the wilderness, you’re likely to be miles away from the closest store. Not only will a store likely be miles away for your camp site, half the adventure of camping is cooking over an open flame. Everyone loves a good cooked camping meal such as hamburgers and hot dogs and of course some beans!

As with tents, coolers have come a log way in recent years. The traditional Coleman coolers are being replaced with the high end Yeti and Pelican brands. The trouble is, these coolers can often command upwards of several hundreds of dollars. The good news is, the higher end coolers do hold ice for days at a time. If you plan to go with a top of the line cooler, you’ll want to look at websites with yeti coolers on sale to try and save you a few bucks. Another consideration is whether you’ll ever be camping in bear country. Many public or state campgrounds require that you store your food in your truck or a bear resistant device. The upper end coolers are often times certified bear resistant.

Fire Source & Lanterns

Although tents were previously mentioned as one of the most important essentials for camping, a fire source is the most important essential you can pack (aside from water of course). Being able to make fire will give you somewhere to cook your food and stay warm when the sun sets. Fire sources come in multiple versions now days with the most convenient being a lighter. In addition to a lighter you could try matches, flint stick and even the traditional friction bow. Most people won’t forget to leave home without a fire source, or so we hope anyways, but many people do forget to pack a portable light source. Lanterns which can be hung from a tree as well as carried around can be extremely handy while camping. Many state campgrounds have at least a toilet, but many of these campgrounds will not be well lit at night. Having a lantern you can take with you to the bathroom in the middle of the night sure will be nice. Not to mention, having a way to look for items which are away from your campfire is always a plus.

Plastic Totes

Most are familiar with plastics totes which many use for moving or storing unused house items. However, those plastic totes really come in handing when packing all your camping gear. Not only do plastic totes offer a lot of storage room, they provide you with the luxury of a water proof or resistant storage area. Having at least one tote at the campground to store your items which cannot be exposed to water is a great idea. This is an item which is often overlooked and you don’t realize what a great idea it is until you get to the campground and see others with them; and then it dawns on you what a good idea they are.

A Bucket

Having a bucket at the camp site can serve multiple uses. Again, this is an item that is often overlooked when pack the truck for a weekend camping get away. A five gallon bucket can work as a trash can, a make shift toilet and of course offers you a way to transport water when you go to put your campfire out before you leave the site. Many state campgrounds can now fine individuals if they leave a campfire unattended, therefore you better be sure to put your campfire out. A surefire way of doing this is dowsing the fire in water from a nearby stream.

Although some of these items seem like a no brainer when packing for a camping trip, many of them are often overlooked. Making a checklist before you begin packing will help you to focus on the items you want to bring and not get caught up in the moment and forget. We all know what its like to be halfway to the campground and remember you forgot something. Hopefully these items can help make your camping experience a little more enjoyable.


Camping: A Weekend Getaway on a Budget

We all need to getaway sometimes, especially as a family. Vacationing is great for family bonding, especially when things are hectic during the week and you don’t have time to really appreciate being a family. However, with the cost of fuel and hotel prices, it can get expensive fast. Forget a weekend at Disney World, where just the resorts cost upwards of $500 and park admission fees are over $100 PER PERSON. That’s not even including transportation or food, where just bottled water will cost you $5. It’s outrageous! But don’t let that stop you from planning weekend trips with your family. There are ways to take the family away even when you’re on a budget. For my family, our favorite way to take a holiday away from home is to go camping. Not only is accommodation cheaper, but you don’t even have to travel far from home. Moreover, you can stock up on groceries and cook your own meals which won’t cost you much more than a typical weekend feeding the family. And the best part is, camping provides tons of free entertainment.

We have a great campground about 45 minutes from our house. This is very convenient because we feel like we are leaving town, yet it doesn’t take too long to reach our destination. When the kids get out of school on Friday, we still have time to get to our campsite and set up before dark and we can still spend the majority of the day on Sunday at the campground without worrying about travel time. While we may not be going too far from home, camping in the woods makes us feel like we are in another world. We do away with our technology for the weekend and, for once, appreciate the great outdoors.

The campground we visit most has plenty of hiking trails, bike paths and even a swimming pool. We are also on a lake that offers boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. There really are plenty of activities for everyone. We always bring the kids’ bikes along, and they enjoy being able to bicycle around the camp ground together and we don’t have to worry about traffic. My husband can usually be found fishing at the lake, and I enjoy lounging at the pool with a book. Sometimes we take canoe trips on the lake together, and we always prepare our meals together. Every night we have a bonfire, roast marshmallows and catch up as a family. The best part is, these activities are free. They are included with the camp ground fees, so the kids are able to entertain themselves and it doesn’t cost us an arm and a leg. We can even let the kids bring friends along on these trips. We set up their own tent next to ours and they think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

If you’ve never been camping before, just make sure you come prepared. Sometimes a grocery store can be miles away, and sometimes more expensive, so do your grocery shopping before you leave home. If you are traveling far, you may want to wait to stock up on refrigerated items however. We always pack a cooler with plenty of lunch meats, soft drinks and water, fruit and any condiments we might need, such as ketchup and mayo for grilled hamburgers. Hamburgers are always on the menu! Grab some kielbasa and eggs for breakfast over the fire, and don’t forget the marshmallows for roasting at night. Bring along some flashlights or lanterns for light at night and don’t forget matches or a lighter. They are helpful if you need to make a trip to the bathroom, which could be a little ways away. Bring plenty of mosquito repellent to keep those annoying pests away. The last thing you want is for them to ruin your trip! We have a propane mosquito trap we absolutely love. It works wonders. If you are interested in purchasing one before your trip, check out the Mosquito Magnet Executive. Keep in mind any tools you might need for setting up your campsite, or getting wood for the fire. I would recommend bringing an axe with you. Don’t forget towels for showering and/or swimming. Toilet paper may also be a necessity depending on the campground facilities. It’s always safe to bring some along. Pack up any cooking utensils, pots or pans you might need, along with plates, cups and plastic ware. Sunscreen is a must since you will be spending the majority of your time outdoors. And last but not least, a first aid kit should always be on your packing list. There are plenty of detailed packing lists online that are very helpful. For example, Love the Outdoors has a huge list. They may not all apply to you, but give it a quick read.

The best part about camping is you don’t need to plan too far in advance. Once you have your tent and camping gear, all you need is a quick trip to the grocery store to stock up for the weekend. Load up the car, pick the kids up from school, and be on your way. You don’t have to break the bank to take a family getaway. Are you making plans for your next camping trip yet?



Tennessee’s closest campground to a NASCAR speedway.

Just next door to the Nashville SuperSpeedway 1.33 Mile Trioval

You can camp directly in front of the entrance to Nashville SuperSpeedway*. Enjoy the sights and sounds of racing at its finest as you lounge in the comfort of your Motor home only feet from the entrance to the track.

We are located at 4775 McCrary Rd.  Lebanon,  TN 37090