The second of two NASCAR races in six days takes place this Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The fact that the name is the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 isn’t the only thing interesting about this race weekend; there are also a few quirky variations when it comes to track rules. Here are our 5 Fast Facts to know before you go to Kansas Speedway, none of them have anything to do with the popular cartoon.
1. Note what isn’t here for RV camping
We start our list off with a big omission if you’re tailgating with an RV. None of the spots at Kansas Speedway currently have electrical or water hookups. That means you’re going to need to bring a generator and gallons of water on your own, or you can partake of their daily water fill-up service (for an undisclosed fee, of course). Still, electricity and clean water are two really important things to have any race weekend.
2. This is not your usual parking lot
The good news is that like most NASCAR tracks, Kansas offers free parking. The bad news is, their parking lot is not asphalt but composed of grass. If it has rained or is going to rain, you’ll be stuck in the mud – literally. And according to The Weather Channel at the time of publication, thunderstorms are expected on race weekend, including on the day of the race itself. Bring your umbrellas (though don’t then take them into the grandstands and block everybody else’s view).
3. Really, don’t smoke at this track…
Non-smoking policies are standard at racetracks nowadays, but Kansas Speedway is particularly serious about theirs. They’ve put it at the very top of their guest guide, along with a warning in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS that those who smoke outside of designated areas will be ejected from the track. Given that we don’t want to see anyone get kicked out this weekend, we think this bears repeating. If you’re a smoker, do it before the race or make sure you check the online track map to find where the designated smoking areas are.
4. Be careful which toys you’re bringing
Another common policy also in existence at Kansas is their no-weapons policy. What’s not so common is that Super Soakers and water balloon launchers are considered weapons. So if you or your kids were thinking about horsing around before or after the race, leave the water toys or anything else that even sort of looks like a weapon at home. (Though if it’s going to rain, do you really need any of that?)
5. This one’s for the ladies
If you’re a NASCAR fan of the female persuasion, take note: Kansas Speedway only allows each guest to bring in one soft-sided bag, and they consider your purse to be that one bag. If you’re bringing a cooler, we suggest putting your keys, cell phone, et cetera in your pockets and then leaving your purse in the car. On the plus side, then you won’t have to worry about losing your purse at the track.
The SpongeBob Squarepants 400 takes place at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET.