NASCAR Ticket Information
In the world of auto racing, NASCAR ranks as one of the sport’s most popular form. The $3.1 billion organization has been filling speedways to capacity for decades and the NASCAR following is only getting stronger. With an average NASCAR ticket price ringing in at $92.16 for the 2014 season, the sport has made attending races a reasonable feat in comparison to its racing counter parts like Formula 1.
Perhaps one of auto racing’s most popular races, the Daytona 500, or the Super Bowl of NASCAR as it has become known, carries NASCAR’s highest priced ticket, but it may not be as pricy as you would think. In 2014, the Daytona 500 average ticket price settled in at $263 a pop. To add some perspective, a NFL Super Bowl ticket was averaging out at 93% higher than the NASCAR’s Super Bowl. While the Daytona International Speedway currently holds nearly 168,000, future renovations are in plan to cut over 40,000 seats out of the speedway which will likely have a dramatic effect on the average ticket price moving forward. The Daytona 500 witnessed its highest ticket price in the past 5 years growing by 4.4% year to year and it would appear that trend will continue.
Moving down the list of NASCAR races with the highest ticket prices takes us to the lone star state where the Chase for the Sprint Cup winds down with the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Featuring drivers like Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gordon the AAA Texas 500 has multiple factors attributing to its average ticket price of $253. First and foremost it’s the third race to the end of the season. Of the 10 Chase for the Sprint Cup races the AAA Texas 500 comes in as being the most costly. Whether it’s the popularity of the race and/or Texas Motor Speedway, the importance of the races points as the season comes to an end, or just the list of iconic drivers behind the wheel, the AAA Texas 500 has long been a must see in the NASCAR set list.
As the list continues ticket prices begin to get closer to the NASCAR ticket average with the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ($210), Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway ($192), and finally the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The average ticket price in NASCAR is highly dependent on a races popularity but with 38 prime races and dozens of smaller races in between there are endless opportunities to see a NASCAR race for a fraction of the price.
There are also opportunities to experience NASCAR like no other, though it comes with a much higher price tag, a view from the infield is well worth every penny. With access to Daytona’s Sprint Tower, food, parking, gifts, celeb appearances, and pre-race access to parts of the track a $1,885 price tag for the Daytona 500’s VIP Pass sounds comparable. In similar fashion, the AAA Texas 500 offers infield access and RV parking for a whopping $2400 at Texas Motor Speedway. There are many ways to take in a NASCAR experience and all range with in a fairly reasonable budget when compared to some of the other professional sports in the world today.