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Old 07-07-2014, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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In your travels and experience, what cities out there are TRULY "NASCAR Cities," or even just very racing-oriented metros?

I'm not just talking about a city that hosts a Sprint Cup track and turns out for the event in full twice a year. I'm talking about cities that exude NASCAR culture and are chock-full of fans.

Obviously anything within 50 miles of Charlotte will be among the options. 90% of the teams are based down there and I believe all the drivers have at least one residence in the region. Let's ignore that clear choice.

Hallmarks of a true "NASCAR City" may include the following:


Tracks of some kind nearby (Not necessarily Sprint Cup)
Multiple hobby shops for diecast and RC collectors
Bars and restaurants that are either NASCAR themed or have huge mutual fanbases with NASCAR fans
More people wearing their driver's colors in public than not
Local businesses and employers with NASCAR support, incentives, etc.


Bonus points if you know someplace like this not in the traditional South.


I'm a huge NASCAR fan and wear it on my sleeve so it's easy for me to make the occasional NASCAR buddy just by being me. It doesn't happen often though here in Central Ohio. I'll be traveling more over the next few years and would feel comfortable in a NASCAR city for a visit. I go to plenty of races; I just haven't been around Brooklyn/Jackson, Martinsville, The Poconos, Bristol, etc. when it's NOT race weekend to see if these towns would be like that.

More bonus points: What cities are primarily known for NASCAR (such as Martinsville, Bristol, Darlington) but SHOULD be known for other cool things?

I anticipate a good discussion!!
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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the small southern cities that host a race might qualify (Bristol, Martinsville, Talladega) but the larger ones certainly do not (Atlanta, Daytona)...

I have been to almost all and none really stick out as NASCAR cities.. unless its race weekend.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I intend on visiting Bristol outside of race weekends sometime in the near future. Strikes me as a nice town.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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BuckeyeP,
I'm probably stating the obvious but.. I notice the NASCAR fanbase usually lies in the 'burbs, or rural stretches outside the large Southern cities.

I'm gonna nominate SouthEastern VA, again mostly outside of the urban areas of Norfolk, Newport News, etc.. more like Suffolk, Smithfield, Ivor, etc.. I've lived in and out of Va Beach & Norfolk for years and I'm forever seeing NASCAR number stickers on people's cars when I head out on 460 or 58West (and around the Beach).

There was also a good-sized NASCAR merchandise store in Va Beach back in the 90s (Pembroke Mall). I took for granted how popular NASCAR was until I moved to the West Coast, and saw that there are areas where interest is lower, or less visible.. (peace)
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:42 AM
 
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Id agree with Virginia.Its a state..not a city..but there is so much NASCAR stuff going on.Richmond id say ranks with Charlotte as far as a town with auto racing fever(RIR used to host all 3 top NASCAR series,K&N,ARCA,IROC and not to mention IRL visiting.NHRA,IHRA all visit the area from time to time and our old bullring Southside Speedway still draws sizable crowds.The top series in NASCAR has been coming to Richmond since the early 50s and the Sportsman(Busch/Nationwide/XFINITY)has been coming to Richmond since its inception.
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:24 AM
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Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I intend on visiting Bristol outside of race weekends sometime in the near future. Strikes me as a nice town.
I'd suggest going when the NHRA traveling circus is in town
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Outside of Charlotte, none. NASCAR is popular among rural America, its not popular in cities. People in cities refer to NASCAR and its fans as "rednecks." Especially cities with warm climates & beaches. Take LA or Miami for example, you have warm weather, multiple sports teams, and beaches with baby dolls. Now, unless you're an absolute tool, you're not gonna watch cars go around circles when you have other and better options
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:35 AM
 
Location: NY
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I am thinking you are wondering if there are many cities with a Nascar/racing fanbase that treat Nascar like cities normally treat their stick and ball sports.

Nascar is just different, as the rooting interest is more about drivers and not where the series is being run that week. Enjoying and rooting for Nascar is more like following the Harlem Globe Trotters, WWE, or other "touring" events that go from one city to the next. They may be very popular in a particular city, but since the sport is not representing that city, the city does not really take on the identity of the sport like they do with their hometown teams.
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:02 PM
 
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Charlotte and Daytona I associate with NASCAR. No race is as important as Daytona to drivers or fans.
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