5 Things A NASCAR Tailgate Would Make Better

By Brittany Frederick

NASCAR is on a break this week, so we thought we’d change the focus a little. NASCAR fans have come up with some of the biggest and best tailgates in sports. Seeing what you put together every Sunday at the track, we can’t help but think a lot of things would benefit from a NASCAR tailgater’s touch.

1. Golf

The natural place to start a tailgating list is with other sports, and there’s no arguing that golf is the calmest sport our there. It’s known specifically for how quiet it is. So why not liven it up with a pre-tournament tailgate? You could decorate your tailgate in the colors and sponsors of your favorite golfer’s wardrobe, take some putting practice in the parking lot or get all your energy out before quietly filing in to watch the action from the course.

2. Concerts

People drink in parking lots before concerts; it’s been that way for decades. But sneaking a couple beers to save the $18 they’ll cost you inside, isn’t the same as a full-fledged, meat-on-the-grill tailgate. Everyone’s obviously there for the same band, so you’ll have a lot to talk about. The music should be easy to choose too. And no one will be hungry come show time… good news since the food inside the venue won’t be any cheaper than the beer.

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3. Grocery shopping

The most mundane of errands is pretty much begging for some tailgate action. You have to go to the store to buy tailgate supplies anyway, and half the supermarkets have those little kids’ shopping carts that resemble race cars. Why not race them down the aisles? And then when you’re coming out with those bags of food, it’d be too easy to put down at least one of them and get together with your friends. Not like you’d ever run out of snacks when you’re 10 feet from the store.

4. Politics

Part of a NASCAR tailgate is showing off your pride for your favorite driver. That’s not too far removed from politics, where you’re showing off your support for your favorite candidate. Instead of buttons and signs in your front yard, how about throwing up a tent and firing up the grill? You could theme your tailgate around your preferred politico’s campaign slogan or theme song. And there’s never any shortage of red, white and blue-colored tailgate supplies.

5. Traffic

We’ve all seen the commercials with people stopped in a massive traffic jam who get out of their cars and do something crazy like chase down an ice cream truck or throw a party. But when you think about it, if you really can’t go anywhere for a few hours, it’s a pretty good idea. You’re going to be hungry, thirsty and bored sitting in your car anyway, so why not get together with fellow motorists and make the best of it? After all, as NASCAR fans, at least you can talk about cars.

NASCAR returns with the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

Brittany Frederick is an award-winning entertainment and sports journalist, screenwriter, and novelist. You can reach her at her official website and on Twitter.

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