In early August 2014, throngs of NASCAR fans will once again descend upon the Pocono Raceway in time for the long awaited, Go Bowling.com 400. The event is expected to include a bevy of high-octane events like the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series Races as well as the ARCA Racing Series. So we wanted to share our Pugs team’s best tips for race goers:
- Traffic in the Poconos is notoriously brutal on a summer weekend, whether there is a big NASCAR race planned or not. That said, our Pugs team strongly recommends that race fans make it a point to head towards the racing grounds as early as possible.
- Oh, and don’t forget to be mindful of the special traffic patterns that law enforcement typically puts into effect during NASCAR race weekends. Information about the special traffic patterns is often available through the Pocono Record, which is one the area’s local newspapers.
- If you plan on spending the weekend in or around Long Pond, make your overnight accommodations immediately. Otherwise you could end up sore and out of luck. Onsite camping is available and reservations may be made through the raceway staff. For nearby hotel and campground lodging, we’d suggest making contact with the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau.
- Personal coolers are allowed within certain areas of the raceway. So you may want to stop by the Kinsley’s Shoprite and stock up on tailgating supplies. The store is located roughly 20 minutes away from the racing area, off Route 115, in the town of Brodheadsville. They’ve got everything that you would expect from a large supermarket, including prepared deli foods.
- Lastly, don’t forget to bring a pair of Pugs polarized shades and a ball cap to the raceway. It tends to get quite sunny both on and off of the track. Thus, you’ll need a good pair of affordable sunglasses and a ball cap in order to follow all of the Go Bowling.com 400 action.