NASCAR to Fully Open its Doors for Fans Soon, Allows Trackside Camping at Atlanta

Published 05/26/2021, 5:22 AM EDT
May 16, 2021; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) leads the field on a late restart during the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports


Later on this year, the NASCAR Cup Series will visit the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second season race at the track. As per reports, fans will be allowed to attend the race, and there is more good news. Apparently, the track authorities will be re-opening the infield to allow for trackside camping.

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For a long time, such a notion was frowned upon, because of the COVID-19 situation. However, the track officials seem confident that they have things under control to return everything mostly to normal.

“Tent campers have told us loud and clear they want to be back at the track and we can’t wait to see them in our infield during the races in July,” said AMS General Manager Brandon Hutchison.

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What does this mean for NASCAR?

The reports also say that the speedway’s High Speed Corral will welcome tent and pop-up campers. With the area reopened, it will give fans an opportunity to enjoy race weekend from inside the track once again. At the same time, it will also leave plenty of space in the infield for the NASCAR industry and staff to operate safely.

Mar 21, 2021; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) is being chased by NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) the leader at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The best part is that RVs will be allowed to camp within the infield inside Turns 1 and 2 once again. Furthermore, the Atlanta Motor Speedway even has camping available outside the track for tents, pop-ups, and RVs.

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Admittedly, there is still some time before the Cup Series paddock visits Atlanta, as the race kicks off only on July 11.

Prior to that, the Cup drivers will be in Charlotte, Sonoma, Texas, Nashville, Pocono, and Road America. In fact, the Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway begins this weekend.

Defending champion Chase Elliott heads into this race weekend high on confidence after winning at the Circuit of The Americas. In the process, he re-established himself as the king of road course racing.

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