Some NASCAR fans were not happy to learn about a new camping fee for New Hampshire International Speedway’s NASCAR races, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Racing fans previously could park recreational vehicles on the track’s 1,000-acre property at no charge, but this year were required to pay $100 in advance or $125 at the gate.
Busch Series and Nextel Cup races are scheduled for this weekend at the speedway, and track spokesman Ron Meade said about 1,700 RVs already have arrived. Some fans said the new camping fee was too high.
“You go from nothing to $100,” said Bev Dion of Warwick, R.I. “That’s steep.”
She said she has traveled to Dover International Speedway as well as New Hampshire to attend races and the fee didn’t compare well with rates at other tracks. Dion also said some new RVs are too wide for the track’s allotted sections.
According to AP, track officials changed the fee policy after being overwhelmed by more than 8,000 large vehicles last year. Track spokesman Ron Meade said about 5,000 fans had arranged for RV parking in advance for this weekend.
“We were hopeful that charging a fee would give people a second thought about bringing their mobile homes,” Meade said. “Because car parking is still free.”
AP reported that not all tracks charge camping fees and that some RV parking is free at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. But fees at some other tracks are more than double that of New Hampshire.