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Texas Tailgating Upgraded

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, January 6 2011


Fort Worth, Texas – Race Week tailgaiting will take on a distinctive look this season at Texas Motor Speedway with the addition of Pit Stop Park to the track’s array of fan amenities.

Pit Stop Park will encompass a tract of parking area larger than an NFL football field – 146 yards in length by 53 yards wide – catering to race fans who desire to entertain in an exclusive setting.

Located less than 100 yards from the main entrance (Gate 4), Pit Stop Park will be a private tailgate community with various amenities for fans visiting on TMS’ three major race weekends. The gated park will consist of up to 76 reserved tailgating spots and a common/sodded entertainment area, numerous trees and an expansive flower bed entrance. Pit Stop Park, currently under construction, is scheduled to be completed in early March and open for the April 7-9 Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.

Each reserved spot will be 36 feet deep by 15 feet wide – nearly the size of four traditional parking spots – to allow fans room to park their personal vehicle (no RVs or campers), set up a traditional 8×10 tailgate tent and have enough space for tables, chairs and even a barbeque grill. The tailgate area also will be more aesthetically pleasing than most sports venues with half of each reserved spot being natural grass, 12- to 14-foot ash or oak trees dividing each and a white picket fence enclosing the park.

Pit Stop Park also will provide amenities including, but not limited to, an upscale portable restroom station; common area featuring picnic tables, horseshoe pits and bean-bag toss; security staffing; catering options through Levy Restaurants and daily bagged trash pick-up.

“Pit Stop Park will serve as the perfect complement to Burnout Alley that we opened on the backstretch in 2009 for RV owners wanting something more,” said TMS president Eddie Gossage. “This concept caters to those fans that may not have RVs but still want an upscale and park-like alternative for tailgating with family and friends on race weekends. This concept will be distinctive, not only in motorsports, but among professional sports entities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as we continue to identify various amenities to further enhance the Race Week experience of our fans.”

To secure a Pit Stop Park tailgating spot, fans must purchase a Personal Parking License (PPL) – similar to a Personal Seat License (PSL) –  for $1,000. The PPL holder will then be charged a $750 yearly maintenance fee. TMS is offering its PSL and season-ticket holders introductory pricing on both the PPL and annual fees with savings ranging from 17 to 34 percent.

PSL holders can purchase the Personal Parking License for $500 and have a $650 annual fee, an initial savings of $600. Season-ticket holders can purchase the PPL for $750 and have a $700 annual fee, a savings of $300.

Pit Stop Park tailgate spots are available now and can be purchased by calling the TMS Ticket Office at (817) 215-8500. A diagram of the layout of Pit Stop Park, as well as rules and regulations, are available at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, January 6 2011



    I seen it before it is the Haves and Have notz started in a pick-up and then a camper on the bed. Now its the bean counters thinking how can we make more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ without allowing them in the main event and charge for parking. Now be on the lookout for the Pushers as they call them. I call them rolling drunken party house on wheels so economical right.Anyone ever think about letting this parking permit holder have a pass that gives them a right to standing room only with the purchase?? Help us get on track again and let us use our four door trucks and custom vans in for some fun.

  • Terry says:

    With the money they are asking for to just have the right to pay to tailgate…….DANG!!!
    In 1961 you could buy a small farm outside of Bristol for that.