Daytona 500: 5 Tips if You’re Heading to the Speedway this Weekend

We all enjoyed watching Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Marcos Ambrose tell us what it was like to experience their first Daytona 500 in an intimate video interview released by NASCAR on Monday.  And it’s not just the drivers, pretty much anyone who’s been to the Daytona 500 can remember their first experience at the race.  Here at TicketCity, we’ve pulled together a short list of the top 5 things you need to know before heading to the race Sunday based on our own first-time experiences:

  1. Bring a cooler- The speedway allows one soft side bag or cooler, so feel free to bring your own refreshments. Just remember- the cooler can be no larger than 14 X 14 X 14 inches.
  2. Plan for the Florida sunshine- The weekend weather forecast indicates there may be some cloud relief this weekend, but Florida weather is unpredictable so bring the sunscreen just in case (note: umbrellas aren’t allowed into the event).
  3. Take care of your hearing- Who doesn’t love the sound of horsepower monsters and screaming fans? Still, it’s important to remember that a NASCAR race car at full throttle measures approximately 130 dB- 15 dBs over what is considered safe to listen to for just 15 minutes. Since earplugs cost less than a dollar, it’s a worthy investment to protect your hearing.
  4. Get a seat cushion- At Daytona, it’s all bleacher-style seating. Bring a seat cushion — your rump will thank you.
  5. Check out some of the local watering holes- For pre-race eats, the Brickyard Lounge is located only a mile from the Speedway so you’ll never have to worry that you’ll miss the starting flag. If you’re looking to wet your whistle after the race, The Arena is a sports fan’s paradise, with 15 HD projectors located around the restaurant.

iStock_000005994756MediumIf just reading this list makes you want to go to the race for the first (or fifth!) time, tickets are still available for as low as $85 just days before the race at And if you’ve already attending the race, we’d love to hear any other tips you may have!


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The Black Eyed Peas at The Grammys.

The top 2 sports events traded places in a pretty close finish. There’s a bit of a longer wait between instances of “The Games” vs. the yearly “Big Game”, so I guess a pretty stiff challenge to Super Bowl dominance is to be expected. The reminder of the top 5 is fairly familiar. I’ll never miss the chance to point out the continued presence of the esteemed Mr. Bieber, who bests John Mayer and list favorite Taylor Swift this week.

The bottom 5 is where things get interesting. The only returning entry is the venerable WWE, perhaps riding a wave of popularity due to their popular first PPV of the year, Survivor Series. The remainder of the lower end of the countdown is an ecelectic bunch of newcomers, lead by a new concert entry, the Black Eyed Peas. The Peas’ “The E.N.D. World Tour” is hitting North American shores this month and will remain here until April before heading off to Europe.

While time is running out for Super Bowl tickets for this weekend, there’s ample time to pick up tickets to the “Super Bowl of NASCAR”, the Daytona 500, which clocks in at #7. NASCAR likes to open big, as the biggest race of the year is one of the very first. Following Daytona on the list is the Senior Bowl, which, while I’d like to suggest you go, has already happened this year. Obviously a pretty big last mintue rush for that one.

Finally, it’s rodeo season in Texas, and San Antonio is kicking off this weekend. It runs for almost two and half weeks, with a lot of top tier concerts, so there’s lots of time to pick up tickets and see the shows.

1 2 Winter Games
2 1 Super Bowl
3 5 Justin Bieber
4 4 John Mayer
5 3 Taylor Swift
6 - Black Eyed Peas
7 - Daytona 500
8 - Senior Bowl
9 7 WWE
10 - San Antonio Rodeo