The annual NASCAR race at the Iowa Speedway in Des Moines is one of the great American traditions. With its famous infield—a place that time and time again has proven to be one of the most important spots for winners’ celebrations—the speedway really is a sight to behold. It’s the largest of NASCAR’s three annual spring tour events and regularly attracts some of the sport’s biggest names. As the season reaches its climax, you can bet your sweet bippy that this year’s race will be one to watch.
The Longest Race In NASCAR History
That’s not just any old race, guys. This is the longest single-game NASCAR race in history. Yep, you read that right. With a total race distance of 269.9 miles, the 2020 edition of the Iowa Speedway tour de force finally came to a halt this past Saturday night. Mind you, that’s not necessarily the case in regards to the overall race length, as the tour still has a ways to go before it’s all said and done. But considering that this year’s edition was the final one scheduled for the present configuration of the 1.5-mile oval, fans at least now have some closure regarding the final outcome. For those who followed the race live, the excitement was palpable throughout.]]>
An Historic Track Station
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with the track itself, the station itself is something to behold. With its magnificent wood-paneled walls and ornamental fireplace, it exudes old-school charm. It’s not just any old track station though; this one is downright historic. In addition to housing some of the most prolific broadcasters in the industry, it was the home of legendary broadcaster Harold Reynolds back in the day. So if you ever wanted to feel like a kid again, wandering around inside the old radio station and imagining what it might have been like back then, now’s your chance. We’re not making this up!
A Place Where Legends Are Born
Speaking of legends, the place is absolutely teeming with them. In addition to Reynolds, the station was also the broadcast home of Don Steele, whose unique brand of “Boomer” radio brought millions of people across the country the thrills of watching competitive auto racing for the first time. Ah, the good old days. It might not be the most modern-looking broadcast booth you’ll ever see, but it’s the place where some of the greatest moments in motorsport history were born. Which is kind of the point, isn’t it? The history here is quite extraordinary, as it was established in 1947 and originally called the Des Moines Register Office. It wasn’t until 1955 that it finally became the Des Moines Register Radio Station, named after the newspaper of the same name. In 1997 the building was refurbished to reflect its old-school charm. Today, it’s the perfect venue to channel your inner child and explore a bygone era, whether you’re an auto enthusiast or just want to get away for a little while. And did we mention that the parking lot is free?
What Is The Purpose Of The NASCAR Grandstands?
Aside from providing a place for fans to congregate before and after the race, the grandstands at the Iowa Speedway are quite the feat of architectural design. The first thing you’ll probably notice is how close they are to the track. This allows for some excellent views of the cars as they come racing towards you. But the real magic happens when the lights go out and the stands begin to fill with an exuberant audience. The effect is mind-boggling—you’ll feel as if you’re right in the middle of the action. It’s rather like being inside a huge bee hive, as there is literally no bad seat in the house. Not bad for a sporting event, eh?
Unique Flavors Of American Cuisine
It’s not often that you get the chance to indulge in American cuisine at an international motor sports venue, but the Iowa Speedway is proud to offer its patrons a taste of home wherever they are in the world. From the blue ribbon steak houses to the little hole-in-the-wall American eateries, you’ll find something to suit your taste. And if you’re feeling particularly generous, you may choose to purchase and bring some snacks and drinks with you, too. Don’t forget: in these parts, the hospitality truly is second to none.
An Enthusiastic, Excited Audience
Yes, there are a lot of perks to being a season ticket holder at the Iowa Speedway. Apart from the obvious opportunity to attend some fantastic races, you’ll also get to enjoy some pretty incredible entertainment. Whether you choose to follow the action through the medium of TV or the live stream, you’re sure to find something to keep you excited about this year’s racing season. Just make sure you stay calm—that’s what matters most, anyway.