Great pics, sdj. Thanks for sharing.
Ditto. I've posted the same thing.I really miss the individual Souvenir Trailers. The tent city thing is ok, but, unless you are a Big Jr fan, which took up at least 1/2 the tents, the rest are pretty slim pickens. This is the only complaint I have with the new venue. Don't get me wrong, I like Jr and I understand the volume, I just do not like how the other drivers are short changed.
I really miss the individual Souvenir Trailers. The tent city thing is ok, but, unless you are a Big Jr fan, which took up at least 1/2 the tents, the rest are pretty slim pickens. This is the only complaint I have with the new venue. Don't get me wrong, I like Jr and I understand the volume, I just do not like how the other drivers are short changed.
Ditto. I've posted the same thing.
I agree (I still get nostalgia from the smell of diesel thanks to the smell of souvenir row), but it has made things a lot less cluttered. Back then, if you had a Danica trailer across from a Jr. trailer, you couldn't even think of going down that isle. That's been fixed as good as possible with the new trailers, as the tent sizes are proportional to the amount of fandom that driver gets (Jr gets 4 tents, as an example). I also love how you can touch everything, and that's really cool.
I do miss that smell, though.
A few from Pocono...
We were in 219, the first section to the turn 1 side of the chairback seats so that last photo is similar to the view I had. I retain these and we've had them for four or five years now. Did you guys get the feeling that they really cut down on caution laps and hustled it up like they knew it was going to be close getting it in? Driving home west on 80 I can understand the tornado warning, seriously. It was bad and a tornado would not have surprised me.
Great pics! Thanks for sharing.I live 7 miles from Pocono and was lucky to be able to be up on Kyle Bucsh's Pit box for the race and had garage passes all weekend. Truly once in a life time experience AMAZING. Been a NASCAR fan since the early ninety's as a young kid and still am to this day.
William Winning Saturday Our view at victory lane
well the pics didnt link so here is a link to view
I had a great time yesterday despite the brutal heat! Michigan is a first rate facility! From the time I arrived until I left it was a great experience. The tram system (somehow I ended up parking at Graves Farm Campground) worked perfectly. Having one of the stops right next to my section really helped. I'd love to return next year!
It still feels like there's more than 71k or so seats. I know they eliminated everything from turn 3 through the main grandstand but that didn't seem like half the capacity. It was listed at 136k when I was there in '03/'04...
Same here. Best traffic experience of any race I've been to. Maybe because they're dealing with 55,000 cars instead of 120,000...
I'd be intersted to know what the actual attendance was. I'd say it was about 2/3 full. If the actual capacity is 71k (which I don't buy) then the crowd was probably in the 45-50k range?
There seemed to be more people than that. I feel like there's still 90-100k seats...
I agree, it seemed pretty busy. But I don't see a reason for the track to say there are fewer seats than there are, do you?
I'm not sure what the reason is. Other than they didn't want to deconstruct THAT many seats incase popularity increases again. I don't see how they removed 65k seats from the last time I was there.
This is what it looks like with a 136k capacity. All they did was take out those individual sections between 3-4. They did the same in 1-2 but replaced them with more seats (it's now basically one big section instead of broken up ones) imo.
My buddy who goes to Talladega feels the same way. The capacity there went from 175k to 80k but he's convinced only 25k or so seats were removed. I know you can adjust seat width (that's what Pocono did) but that doesn't eliminate another 70k seats. Both Michigan and Talladega are ISC tracks...
We do that unless the RV is close, which it usually is. In that case we go there and kick back.As a member of the 'Parking Lot Party' I thank each and every one of you for your early exit from the parking lot. We usually bust out the grill. Throw a steak or two on the fire. Maybe a baked potato. Have a nice dinner and watch the show. We used to be part of the crowd that went back to our car after the race to try to get the heck outta there. Then we learned to relax.
Same here. Although, the only race that we attend these days is Martinsville. We don't camp @ that track so we have to drive to/from each time we go. When that race is over, we normally head down to the start/finish line for the victory lane celebration. Then, it's back to the truck for dinner in the parking lot. Less stress and we drive right out of there with no lane restrictions.We do that unless the RV is close, which it usually is. In that case we go there and kick back.