This past weekend J and I took a long weekend in Michigan.  Our main purpose was for the Nascar race at Michigan International Speedway.  But, this race we decided to do something a little different.  Instead of spending upwards of $250/night (they are very expensive on race weekends) for a hotel room, we were able to rent a campsite for only $130 for us to use up to 6 days! 

This is not actually a picture of a van – if you look over the van, you can see the track. 🙂

The campsite we chose is actually owned by the Speedway, and was only for tents and popup tents.  (We didn’t want to be in our little tent surrounded by huge RVs.)  And it was only about a 5-minute walk from the track!

Also a plus – they had showers!  Basically it was a big semi-truck with a men’s side and women’s side.  There were separate shower stalls (8-9 each) and each stall had a changing space.  They were pretty tiny, but they had hot water and were kept clean.  And they kept me clean!  That’s a definite camping requirement for me. 🙂  And they also had sinks lined up outside of the shower, along with electricity (which I wish I knew about beforehand, but oh well!)

Bathrooms were port-o-johns, which, honestly, I was not too excited for.  But, they did do a good job keeping them clean.  They actually emptied and did a quick clean of all of them twice a day.  So I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

I told J that I would definitely do this again.  My only requirement is showers.  Absolute MUST HAVE!

We arrived on Friday around 3:30.  It was a very easy 5-hour drive, and we had no problems finding our campsite.  It only took us about 45-60 minutes to get everything set up.  We had our tent, canopy, large table for supplies and a small one for cooking, air mattress, chairs, two coolers (one food, one drinks), small charcoal grill, propane stove, fire pit, corn hole, plus all of the other miscellaneous cooking / camping supplies for the weekend.

Friday night we made some BBQ Chicken Calzones for dinner.  (You can see all of our meals here.)  We hung out at our campsite, met some of our neighbors (lots of people from Canada at this race), and had a few beers.

Saturday we woke up around 7:30-8:00, made some breakfast and headed over to the track.  They had a ton of stuff going on all weekend – concerts, drivers autograph sessions, and lots of places to purchase food and merchandise.  Here’s driver Ryan Newman signing autographs with his wife at his hauler.

We tried to get some tickets to Saturday’s Nationwide race, but we couldn’t find anyone to sell them to us cheap enough.  Oh well, we just listened to it on the radio.

We spent the rest of the day hanging out around the campsite… eating, drinking, playing corn hole.

Sunday was race day!  We were up again around 8:00 and hung out for a few hours.  Around 11:30 we walked over to the track and found our seats.  We were 35 rows up right on turn 1 – so we had a good view of the start/finish line and cars coming off of pit road.

The race was a great time.  Unfortunately both of our drivers’ (Dale Earnhardt Jr. (J) and Kasey Kahne (me) ) pit crews screwed up and caused them both to finish back of the pack, although they were both running top five before that happened. 

We hung out at the track for a while longer to let the crowds clear out a bit, then headed back to camp.  J started the fire for the hobo dinners, and we settled in for night #3.

We were lucky that the weather was gorgeous all weekend.  We did bring sleeping bags, but it was so warm we only needed a sheet!

Overall we had a fun weekend together, met some great people (Nascar fans are really good people), watched some fun racing, and spent some quality time toghether. 🙂

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