A day at the track is more than just a race. As exciting as it is to watch some of the biggest, baddest and meanest cars scream around the track for four hours, you just might want to take your eyes off the road for a few and take to the many other family activities the Monster Mile has to offer.
From a bird’s eye view, the eight-acre Fan Zone at Dover looks more like a state fair: rock climbing, zip lines, live music and food tents as far as the eye can see. And if you know what to expect, you can squeeze a whole lot of action out of that ticket to keep the family engine up and running at the track all day.
Autograph and Q&A sessions
AUTOgraphs, get it? Never mind.
Pick up a free map brochure when you enter the track for the weekend and see where some of your favorite drivers may be signing or hosting a Q&A panel.
There are fewer experiences more indelible than having something signed by one of these world-class drivers. Frame it, paste it in a scrapbook, whatever, but make sure you meet some of these drivers while you have the chance. Few sports grant you this kind of access to the game’s top athletes, so take advantage of that!
What’s not to like about some festive family face painting? If you’re favorite driver is Jeff Gordon, then get his famous No. 24 emblazoned on your face to show your support. It’s that simple!
Same for Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. Just don’t put those two on your face at the same time. That’s asking for a facial civil war.
Virtual race car driving
Good thing these pods are only big enough to accommodate a child, because the adults would be at each other’s tires racing for that checkered flag.
Strap your kids in, throw on the virtual reality goggles and let them tear rubber across the NASCAR circuit.
Meet Miles the Monster
No trip to Dover would be complete without memorializing it in some way by visiting Miles the Monster, the 46-foot statue holding a full size stock car in its hand.
Miles may be one of the most iconic attractions in all of NASCAR. His likeness makes up the race’s trophy and gives new meaning to the Monster Mile.
Don’t miss the chance to snap a selfie with Miles and his bright red eyes glaring over the whole family.
Remote control car racing
Grab hold of the steering wheel and drive a miniature stock car around a tiny oval. Race your peers, trade paint, loser’s parents buy the cotton candy.
Be sure to grab your tickets to the Monster Mile by visiting www.doverspeedway.com.