NASCAR is back this Saturday with the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It’s the season’s first night race and first trip to the Lone Star State. To get you prepared, here are our five Fast Facts to know before you show up at TMS this weekend.
1. There are multiple camping lots, and they all open at different times
Like every NASCAR venue, TMS has more than one unreserved camping lot. What makes theirs a bit tricky is that they open them in sequence, depending on when the lot before has reached capacity. That means Campground 5 opens at 8 a.m. on April 4, and then Campground 6 either opens at 8 a.m. on April 8 or whenever Campground 5 is full, whichever comes first. We somehow don’t think it’s going to take four days to fill Campground 5.
You can’t wait around for another lot to open, so knowing how the lots roll out is key to getting there at the right time and making sure you have a space; check the TMS fan guide for full procedures.
2. Yes, Virginia, there is a Family Campground
For those of you traveling with your loved ones, TMS offers a Family Campground with policies that cater to families. The Family Campground is completely fenced in with its own separate entrance. It also has a 10 p.m. noise curfew and a 24-hour presence, courtesy of speedway security or the Fort Worth Police Department.
To maintain that family atmosphere, though, there are extra rules which are a bit stricter. No activities — and that includes lights and sound systems — may interfere with neighbors. These are on top of the regular TMS camping guidelines, so be on your best behavior!
3. Be sure to consult the “Fan-Friendly Businesses” guide
TMS has pulled together a list of fan-friendly restaurants on its website, highlighting businesses that have “committed to making their businesses more race fan friendly,” according to the list. Right now, it’s almost entirely eateries, but there’s plenty of barbeque joints and sports bars featured to keep you well fed over race weekend.
Addresses and phone numbers are included on the list, but hours of operation and other info are not, so you might want to check the website of your dinner destination to make sure they’re open. While you’re there, check out their menu!
4. TMS is home to the world’s largest TV screen
While you’re at the track, check out the world’s largest TV screen. It’ll certainly be hard to miss! Affectionately named “Big Hoss TV,” the giant video board is 79 percent larger than the one showcased by the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
At 16,000 square feet in size, Big Hoss is officially certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest HD-LED video board. You’ll find it in the middle of the backstretch, sprawled over the area known as “Burnout Alley.”
5. There are Fuzzy’s Tacos (if you can get to them)
Every speedway has its own regional food, and for TMS that would be Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, which is based right there in Fort Worth. Fuzzy’s has an infield location at the track with a “specialized menu” for that location, which includes jumbo burritos and Baja tacos.
However, there’s a catch: Because the tacos are located in the infield, only certain people can get to them. According to the TMS website, you can only access Fuzzy’s if you have one of the following: an infield wristband, a VIP pit pass or pre-race pass with a valid admission ticket, a No Limits Garage Party Ticket or NASCAR-issued (not TMS-issued) pit or garage credentials.
If you don’t, or just want to simplify things, you can also check out one of the 37 Fuzzy’s retail locations in the Fort Worth area. Still, what’s NASCAR tailgating without an opportunity to check out every track’s favorite food?
The Duck Commander 500 takes place at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET.