The Infield, A Place For Friends, Fun, and an Overall Great Time

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

I was on location in Las Vegas for this past week, and I spent a lot of time walking around the infield trying to get an idea of what makes NASCAR fans tick.

Along the way I made a lot of new friends, and there were some moments that I’m glad are staying in Vegas, but overall the infield at a NASCAR race is one of the most interesting places in the world. The people are unbeatable and very accepting… Something that is really refreshing this day in age.

Fans such as Scott and Phil from Bakersfield, California, started their friendships from meeting at the infield of Las Vegas years ago. They live right down the street from each other, but never had even said hello to each other before bumping into each other at that Vegas race about five years ago… Awesome stuff.

Everywhere you turn there is a story like that. That is something you can hardly find at any other sporting event.

In addition to covering NASCAR I also cover the NFL, and let me tell you no tailgate party compares to the energy and the feeling of an infield party.

The people are friendly, and are the complete opposite of stingy. They will give you the shirt off of their backs, no matter who your favorite driver is, just to make sure you are having just as much fun as them on that given weekend.

If you ever get the chance to go to the infield for a NASCAR race, take it!

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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