A racing road trip goes beyond the race cars and the race track; it is what the destination offers as a whole that makes a racing destination special.  It includes the track and event itself, the local sights and sounds, restaurants, accommodations and fun activities away from the race track.


For the first time, we at Speed51.com decided to see what the racing community believed to be the best racing destination in North America.


The votes have been tallied and the inaugural winner of the 51 Award for Best Racing Destination is…


Best Set Location

(Best Racing Destination)


Taking the inaugural award is a destination that is a racer’s and fan’s favorite during the winter months.  Like Daytona Beach just 20 miles to the north, New Smyrna Beach, Florida is a true mecca for race fans during the winter.


Those who love the asphalt side of short track racing, flock to the half-mile New Smyrna Speedway for nine straight nights of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.  In some cases, some head to New Smyrna Beach even earlier for the Red Eye 100 in January.


Locals enjoy a great schedule throughout the season before welcoming back many travelers as the weather turns cold once again in November for the Florida Governor’s Cup for Super Late Models.


Ten miles to the east of the track lies the oh-so-famous beach in New Smyrna Beach, where many race fans will spend their days, enjoying the warm sun and the salt flavored breeze off the Atlantic Ocean. For those who have gone there long enough, they will say that there is no end to the many places to have a meal, and of course often times it would be best to call ahead.


Finishing second in the voting for Best Racing Destination is beautiful Barre, VT, home to Thunder Road International Speedbowl and the spectacular Green Mountains.  What makes this destination so special is the spectacular Fall foliage that fans can view throughout the area, especially during the biggest race of the year: the Vermont Milk Bowl.


Coming home third in the voting is the jewel in the desert, Lake Havasu, AZ, where race fans can enjoy great racing at Havasu 95 Speedway. The Great Lakes port and current home of the Race of Champions 250, Lake Erie, PA finished fourth and rounding out the top five is another great winter destination and home to the Snowball Derby, Pensacola, FL.


-Text by 51 Staff

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

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