The other day, we asked you to tell us how far is Fayetteville Speedway from Nash. We gave you a hint, it’s an unusual name. Now, we’ll tell you how to get there. This is the official route:
Take I-40 East
If you are coming from the southeast, take the I-40 east toward Knoxville. The interstate will connect you to Exit 34, the Bear Claw ramp. Take that ramp and go north. You will see a sign for Fayetteville Speedway on your right. Go over it and make a right, the track is straight ahead.
Follow The Road Signs
If you are new to this route, you will encounter a road sign with a picture of a racing car on it. This is your cue to turn right and follow the signs to Fayetteville.
These are there for a reason. If you look closely, you will see a brief sign that says “Fayetteville Speedway” on it. Make sure you stay to the right, follow the speedway signs and you will be in Fayetteville in no time.
Take A Left At The Bottom
When you are in Fayetteville, take a left at the bottom of the ramp and drive onto the track. As soon as you reach the apex of the ramp, you will see the grandstand in front of you. Park in the designated spaces and you are all set for the big race.
Use The Rest Areas
There are ample places for you to rest on the way to Fayetteville. Use them. The last 10 miles to the destination will go quickly. You can take your time, enjoy the ride and plan your strategy for the big race.
Avoid The Crowds
The key to a good viewing experience at Fayetteville is to avoid the crowds. Stay away from the entrance road to the track, instead drive around the outside and you will get a good view of the cars without being bothered by spectators or commercial trucks.
The farther you keep away from the entrance road, the less chance there is of you getting stuck in traffic. This is a particular headache at peak race times. So, it’s best to arrive at the track early or late to take your pick from a more secluded spot.
Enjoy The Speedway
Another important thing to do at Fayetteville is to enjoy the speedway. This is a large, open-air racetrack that is perfectly designed for high-speed driving. It has long straights, quick turns and an overall scenic view. So, take your time, put your foot down and let the engines roar. You can’t get much more American than that.
It’s a great place to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the speed. There are many camping areas available too if you want to bring a tent and sleep outside. Just remember to always lock your car. The bathrooms are located at the back of the track, hidden from the road. So, if nature calls, you’ll have to find a bush to make a quick getaway.
The Ultimate Viewing Spot
Now, we know what you’re thinking. “Fayetteville isn’t my kind of place, it’s a bit too rural. I want the big city buzz, the neon lights and the bustle of the crowds.”
What you want and what you get rarely match up. So, it’s best to accept that this is a wonderful place to view a race, but it’s not necessarily the best place for you to be. Despite its rural feel, Fayetteville is actually quite accessible. If you want to get to the heart of the city, take the back roads, leave the interstate at Exit 66 and make your way to downtown Fayetteville. It’s an easy drive, just over an hour and a half from Exit 34. From there, it’s only a few short blocks to the grandstands.
Not only is Fayetteville accessible, it’s also got some great restaurants and bars too. If you’re looking for a place to eat, there are plenty of options, from fast food to sit-down eateries. If you want a drink, there are also a variety of places to get it including microbreweries.
If you want a more “rural” experience, take a drive on back roads that lead to the countryside. You will pass small towns and occasional traffic lights, but mostly you will see signs for horse farms and ranches. There are also many beautiful countryside routes that you can take if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. So, if you want to get out of the car and take a break from driving, you can always go for a walk, catch some fish, or just sit by the river and drink some whiskey. The options are endless.
The Perfect Pitstop
When you reach the end of the day, the perfect spot to stop and rest is at the track. As you walk toward the pits, look for the red carpet and gold podium. The organizers will usually set up a small stage there with chairs and tables for the drivers’ wives, friends and family to socialize and eat snacks while the men compete. There will also be plenty of places to sit and take a break from walking. If you’re feeling energetic, you can always get up and stretch your legs a bit.
Although the fans and the traffic can be very annoying at times, they also contribute to make the track unique. Every day is different here. You never know what will happen, which is part of the fun.
Facts About Fayetteville
The first speedway was built in the 1920s in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was officially opened in 1928 and used for exhibition and pacing purposes until it was purchased by the city in 1938. Unfortunately, the Great Depression hit the city hard and it wasn’t until the early 1950s that Fayetteville became a full-fledged racing facility. It currently seats around 50,000 people.
Fayetteville is named after Lucius Quinn Fayette, who was a judge in North Carolina in the early 1800s. He was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1767 and served in the War of 1812. After the war, he moved to North Carolina and was appointed to the bench in 1817. His court ruled on cases involving railroads, canals, mining, and land titles. The most famous case he ruled on was the Duchy Store case in 1836. The case involved a dispute between a merchant, Edward Duchy, and a shipping company, Montgomery Ward. The judge sided with Duchy, which created a precedent for merchants to band together to protect their interests. This eventually lead to the creation of the New York Stock Exchange.
What Is A Rotary Grandstand?
The grandstands at Fayetteville are unusual in that they are constructed on top of thick columns that support the roof. These columns are arranged in a rotary fashion around the periphery of the track. This means the grandstands can turn 360 degrees. The design allows for both spectators and drivers to have a good view of the entire track. It was first utilized at the 1914 Derby and has since been used at every other major speedway. This type of design allows the organizers to comfortably accommodate larger crowds while keeping the overall shape of the grandstands uncluttered.
Where Can I Stay When I Visit Fayetteville?
When you reach the end of the day, you will have plenty of options for where to rest your weary head. There are hotels nearby that you can stay in, but there are also a number of other options, from camping to Airbnbs. Just remember to bring your own sleeping mat, pillow and bedding. You can also rent a vacation home through Airbnb or stay in one of the many campgrounds nearby. If you want, you can camp with a camper or RV and hook up with other travelers. There are also a number of places you can stay if you want to be right on the track, with some even providing 24-hour room service.