A Garage Door View


As thousands of fans flock to Kansas Speedway on race weekend, most of them would love the opportunity to get inside the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. However, trying to access a NASCAR garage on race weekend is like trying to access an NFL locker room. Without the gold medal of credentials, a garage pass, you might as well kiss the thought of getting in there goodbye.

The garages are packed full of action with drivers, sponsors, team owners and crew members pouring their heart and soul into a car with hopes of a first-place finish.
When the victory lane celebration ends, the fans leave, the race cars are loaded and their haulers depart to the next track, they leave the garages a vacant, quiet space free of cars, commotion and clutter.

Not only do these garages play host to NASCAR’s biggest names like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., their cars and crews on race weekends, they also house some of Kansas City’s best and biggest events.

During the month of September, the University of Kansas Hospital hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year in the Kansas Speedway infield. Each garage is filled with over 40 of Kansas City’s finest restaurants that have prepared their most excellent dishes for guests to indulge in. That means the Capital Grill could be slicing tender, prime rib in Jimmie Johnson’s garage space or Bristol Seafood Grill could be serving up their fresh, seared Alaskan Halibut where Matt Kenseth’s oil is changed.

Or what about the Just Between Friends sale that fills the garage with strollers, high chairs, car seats and moms looking to grab a great deal on baby gear. While Clint Bowyer isn’t ready for a garage full of cribs, baby clothes and play sets, Carl Edwards, who will be a first time father in 2010, may need to start figuring out how to get his car and crew around the baby gear in the garages.

Instead of race cars, the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies event fills the garages with a roar of another kind. This motorcycle ride is the largest in the country and brings 7,000 motorcycles, countless vendors and a delicious pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes to the Kansas Speedway garages.

From NASCAR’s most sought after credential access, to the best baby deal in Kansas City, to the finest Filet Mignon in the metro, a Kansas Speedway garage has seen it all.

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