Attending Night Racing vs Day Racing

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by sdj, Nov 5, 2019.


What do you prefer

  1. All Day Races on TV

  2. All night Races on TV

  3. All Day races, watching live at track

  4. All night races, watching live at track, includes the races that start in day and finish at night

Multiple votes are allowed.
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  1. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    The conversation in the Penske buying IMS thread made me put up this poll.

    If I have the option, I will go to a Night Race 100% of the time over a day race.
  2. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    A little of both.
  3. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    Night races are cooler to attend IMO
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  4. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

    The one thing I don't like about night races is it keeps people from going to their local track. They'd rather sit at home and watch NASCAR on TV for free than drive out to their local track and pay $10+.

    As far as attending a night race, it depends on the track and the time of the year.
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  5. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    Of the six races within 4 hours of me (Darlington, Atlanta, 2 Charlotte, 2 Bristol), three are at night (Darlington, Charlotte 1, Bristol 2). Darlington is the only night race I still attend because it's only 90 minutes from the house. Bristol and Charlotte make for too long a day for me any more, what with getting there early to get parking, suffering through the heat of the day waiting, and watching what are often two of the longest-lasting races on the schedule. I realize many people enjoy tailgating but to me it's just killing time waiting for what I really came for. Driving home from them aren't an option; they end too late and I'm too tired, so that adds the cost of a hotel room to the tab. Hell, I can barely stay awake for the 600 at home any more, much less put myself on the road afterward.

    Day races if I can attend, day races if I have to watch on TV.
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  6. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    I've been to around 2 dozen cup points races. All were in the daylight except the 2007 Bristol night race. Nothing compares to under the lights. Also attended both the 2016 and 2018 Clash, and it was a much better experience at night in 2016 than in the day in 2018. I'm usually at the dirt track on Saturday nights so I miss the night time cup races on TV. I'll say daytime on TV, night races in person.
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  7. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    I haven't been to enough Cup night races to compare but I like night races for local stuff
  8. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    Mixed feelings, I prefer the ambiance at night more but I hate too see them compete against the local tracks.
    Exception: The Southern 500 need to run in the heat of the sun to maximize the already hellacious tire wear.
  9. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Heck, if you cannot attend or have to work or go to your local track during race time, invest in a DVR and watch it at your leisure, that is what I do.
    If not for the DVR, I would see, at best, about 5% of the Nascar Races on TV.
    I enjoy Nascar, but, it is not a priority part of my life by any-means.
  10. acmerocket

    acmerocket Team Owner

    100% nite races,short tracks and the bristol nite race
  11. joe h

    joe h Team Owner

    Something about Daytona under lights I cannot get enough of, plus the sun isn’t beating down on you. Sucks that Kansas will no longer be under the lights. Even the couple Sunday evening races we had this year were fun. I hope they try it more often.
  12. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I personally thought the Sunday Evening race at Las Vegas turned out to be a success.
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  13. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    Like so many polls, this one I can't answer because there is not a "depends" option. There are a number of factors that I would consider in choosing between a night race or day race.
    1. Weather, For example, Summer day race in Daytona not good, night good, Atlanta night race not good, day good.
    2. Drive after race (home or motel). Short drive both day and night race good. Long drive, day race good, night race bad.
    3. Family. If I have non racing family with me a day race is generally better, because that leaves the evening for other activities. A night race however, generally means we spend all day and night at the track. If it is just a couple racing buddies then a night race is good for a day of socializing at the track and the night race.
    4. Time. Generally I don't like late afternoon start times. I don't like 8 or 8:30 night start times. 1 or 2 o'clock for a day race is good. 6 or 7 o'clock for a night race is good.
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  14. 10-4

    10-4 Crew Chief

    Nothing tops being at the track day or night. That's what I voted for both of those. We get to go to 2 or 3 races a year if I'm lucky which is not near enough to my liking but it's about all I can afford. Been to Kentucky, Darlington, Bristol, Atlanta, Charlotte/Roval, and Talladega so far. Maybe one day we can get to some more a little further out. All were fun but the absolute best were the Bristol night races.
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  15. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    I’m not sure I like the sound of that.
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  16. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    I see what you did there. LOL
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  17. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    Guess it would have been more appropriate for a poll about race lengths.
  18. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    I enjoy watching just about any sport at night. But especially motorsports. I love to see the shiny paint jobs or wraps under the lights.
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  19. 2 Sweet

    2 Sweet Legend

    I've never understood the appeal of driving home the same day after a race. Maybe if I lived less than an hour from the track, but I don't have any that close to me. If I go to a Sunday race, I always take Monday off work. So attending a race during the day or night really doesn't matter to me, but it depends on the time of year. Night races are much more enjoyable during the summer months when it's uncomfortably hot during the day.

    When I'm watching on TV, I typically prefer night races. I like taking advantage of the daylight on weekends to get stuff done before dark. Plus I don't have a local track, so a NASCAR night race usually doesn't pull me away from anything else to do.

    Also, night races seen to have a more exciting feel to them, probably because they aren't as frequent as a Sunday afternoon race.
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  20. jws926

    jws926 I need to think of something new for here

    I have never attended a night race, I wanted soooooo bad to attend one the few night races we had here, but just never got the chance, I wish they would revert the spring race back to night .
  21. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    For me, it's saving the cost of a marked-up hotel room. Like you, I schedule the Monday as a vacation day just in case, but I'm not spending another $120 (at least) if the forecast is clear. Run that sucker, let me get home, and I'll use that vacation day another time.

    As to night races being more comfortable because they're not in the heat of the day, I don't know what time you get to the track. If I have to put up with the afternoon heat before the race anyway, might as well start the race; I'm already here and hot.
  22. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    'They' who? Which spring race?
  23. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    I love going to the Chili Bowl because most of the action is in the afternoon and night. It is in a controlled temperature building so night time doesn't really add to your comfort but you have a chance to go do other things around the town during the day that you may enjoy. It doesn't matter if you are a fan or a team member there is nothing wrong with enjoying other things while you are on the road for racing. At Bristol and Indy every year we rent a boat and go out on the lake on Thursday. When we are racing in New Hampshire a lot of teams go to the beach... I don't have time to list all of the other attractions and great food establishments that we enjoy while in town for a race.
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  24. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I'm not sure I buy that. 10-15 years ago, I would have. But honestly, I've noticed that people who go to their local tracks will go there instead of watching NASCAR nowadays anyway ... unless it's Bristol.

    Our biggest crowds all year at Carteret County Speedway are Memorial Day (vs. the Coca-Cola 600) and Labor Day (vs. the Southern 500).
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  25. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Night racing is cool but should honestly be reserved for special events. Honestly, the one race I think should be a night race, the Daytona 500, is a day race.

    With Sunday afternoon races, I get home at a reasonable hour, the racing is generally better, and the fans aren't as drunk as they are at Saturday night races.
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  26. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    I'd be happy if the only night races were the Coke 600 and Bristol 2.
  27. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I think Daytona should be as well. Every other sport does their biggest event at night.
  28. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    Every other sport has their biggest event at the end of the season, and it determines the champion. But that's a whole 'nuther discussion. :D
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  29. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    Was I just looking in the wrong places or is there a shortage of short tracks "pavement or dirt" within a100 mile radius of Charlotte? Since there is a week off between some of our races and I choose to stay on the road instead of driving back to California I use Charlotte as my hangout town for a few weeks a year while we are on the Charlotte, Atlanta and Virginia part of our tour. I was looking for some short tracks to watch some late models or sprint cars and the only thing I found was Bowman Gray stadium and it rained out both weeks I went. Between our Brainerd, Indy, Reading, and St Louis races I use Indy as my hangout town and I can go to a numerous amount of tracks. I also found some nice tracks when I'm in the northeast for our New Hampshire race.
  30. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Since nothing is sacred anymore, just move the Daytona 500 to November.
  31. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    Greenville-Pickens weighs in at 125 miles away, down I-85. There's a surprising lack of short tracks in the middle of the Carolinas.
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  32. clarkfn2284

    clarkfn2284 Here to make you miserable.

    Agree. In today's world there is little to no excuse to not DVR the Cup race on a Saturday night if you want to go to your local short track. We do it almost weekly. From 3-11pm at the short track, turn off phone notifications to reduce chance of spoilers, wake up on Sunday and watch race at some point with the ability to FF through commercials.

    Really cannot beat it.
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  33. Speedbowl14

    Speedbowl14 Ryan Preece and short tracks

    Totally agree. NASCAR fans, Dirt track fans, and Short track fans are all different bases. The days of me worrying about someone in the grandstand "spilling the beans" on who won the Cup race while I was at a short track are loooooong gone. Heck, our local CT track announcer refers to Ryan Preece as a star in the "Monster Cup Series" ... close enough... :D
  34. toledo47

    toledo47 Team Owner

    I don't care if its on TV, but if i attend then I prefer afternoon races. Cup series or otherwise.
    For me its easier to see well during the day (especially at a large track like Charlotte etc... was kinda hard to see the cars well on the back stretch, its hard enough during the day but worse at night). Get on the road to home quicker... I don't tailgate, so I don't care to be at the track early with nothing to do... Lets get the show in and go home. Afternoon races are also beneficial if rain is in the area, we have all day to get the race in...
    Especially races in cold areas during Jan, Feb, March, April, October, November that are in cold areas...
    Charlotte this weekend for the World Finals doesn't look like a good time out in the cold.
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  35. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    I think the coldest I ever got was at a world of outlaws sprint car race in Las Vegas.
  36. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    At a track, Rockingham, worse than the Bristol snow weekend.

    At any sporting event, the Carolina Panthers' first home playoff game. There's still a couple of layers of my butt frozen to those stands.

    At all, January at the Army's National Training Center in southern CA. I've been colder for brief periods but not hours at a time.
  37. sky

    sky Zombie Zoom LLC

    There are a lot of active short tracks in the Carolinas.. Bowman Gray, Ace, Caraway, Hickory, Orange County, 311, Southern National, Fayetteville, Carteret County, Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Greenville Pickens.
  38. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    All of the above.
  39. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

  40. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    To think, if we did this the fans' way, we'd be racing at Rockingham at night in February.

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