NASCAR cup series teams will make their journey to the 2.454-mile road course at the New York village of Watkins Glen for the annual race event, Go Bowling at The Glen. Regarded as one of the most entertaining Road Course events on the cup schedule fans will be hoping to see fireworks at the track as most drivers are a solo win away from playoffs with two races to go.
Going into the race, one of the major headlines will be the battle between Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney, both of who are fighting for the sole place left in the line-up left for the winless players. The two consecutive race wins by Kevin Harvick have prompted a situation in which if two more different race winners come in, one of the three will be a surplus winner for the season that might miss out on the playoff.
But Race weekends for NASCAR are more than just this head to head battles of drivers for the traveling fans it’s one of the ultimate forms of entertainment, community building, and sharing the passion for the sport. Now going into Watkins Glen, which has a unique spot in fans’ hearts for the iconic road course is giving race attendees a wholesome experience will be the main priority for the track and it has some new surprises for fans according to president Michael Printup.
Michael Printup acknowledged that they have a dedicated team and a new team to provide the fans with a nest event experience. He shared his optimism that the event experience will be 100 miles better an hour than last year.
“We have a dedicated team, not only here at The Glen but also one of our leaders from Michigan, on the event experience side. We have a whole new team called Event Experience. We introduced it last year, but it’s going 100 miles an hour this year,” Michael Printup said.
Michael Printup went on to say that the track has provided an entertainment area, in turn, one where there will be music, games, and a kid’s area. He added that the nine grandstands, four decks, and the two berms, along with the geography of this place and the locale, will be an interesting experience for the fans.
“We have entertainment down in Turn 1, we have music, we have games. We have entertainment and a mini-kids area in Gate 5, one of our major areas, on the other side of the bridge. Music, games, there’s kids face-painting. We have nine grandstands, and then we have four decks here and two berms. The geography of this place and the locale of all our places to watch are different,” Michael Printup added.
He went on to explain about the infield entertainment that will be provided, pointing to the main stage where there will be Q&A sessions monitored by Michael Printup himself along with the normal entertainment activities. He added that there will be a three-day music entertainment program contrary to the usual one-day program.
“Then you go in the infield, and we put the main stage up like we normally do, but now we’re activating that stage all day long. There’s a Q&A up there. I go up there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I get 30 minutes, and I’ll be interviewing drivers, owners, and sponsors, giving away swag left and right. Then we have live music there. Then Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, on that main stage in the midway, we have music. Usually, we only make music one night on NASCAR weekend,” Michael Printup explained
Michael Printup went on to highlight the two-kid zone that will be there at the park, which was one in the past, one of which is facilitated by Toyota along with their special movie night and new campers infield entertainment facilities.
“We have two kids’ zones. We usually only have one. We have our kids zone located near the Pyramid, and then Toyota is bringing another kids zone, and they’re doing a movie night, and they’re doing s’mores for the campers on the infield,” says Michael Printup.
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