With just over a week left until the green flag waves on the 51st annual Daytona 500, track promoters are scurrying to sell tickets.
According to TCPalm.com, tickets have been reduced to as little as $50 for the sport's biggest event of the season.
According to the site, the speedway reduced tickets in limited sections of the track to $55—the lowest prices have been since 1995. Those 5,000 tickets sold in a matter of days.
"The roll back of ticket prices in select areas for the Daytona 500 is a significant and important step for race fans," DIS President Robin Braig said. "These are challenging times for everyone and we hope that these adjustments in ticket prices will make it more affordable for race fans."
With the success the $55 tickets had, the speedway opted to lower even more in hopes that people will fill the grandstands next Sunday.
In addition to the lowest ticket prices in years, the speedway is offering an all you can eat package for $15—it does not include the Daytona 500 though.
According to the site, for an extra $15, fans can eat and drink all the hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and Coke products they want for events such as the Budweiser Shootout, Truck Series race, and Nationwide Series event.
The news is optimistic for fans struggling in tough economic times. In a time when people are struggling to keep their electricity on and their house underneath them, they simply don't have the money to shell out to attend a race.
Let's hope other tracks take notice of this change and opt to lower their prices to put fans in the seats.
Some drivers have already stepped in. Denny Hamlin (driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Toyota) has announced that he plans to purchase tickets to races and donate them to his fans.
According to the article, other tracks are offering deals as well:
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
"Buy One, Get One Free" deal on its $95 ticket with a $25 purchase at Lowe's. Family four-pack—four tickets, four hot dogs, and four Cokes—for $159. Students with a valid ID get a $19 ticket and adults get a $39 ticket.
NASCAR'S oldest super speedway has 9,000 seats in the Colvin Grandstand at $35 per ticket—a $10 discount for its Southern 500, which is held on Mother's Day weekend.
Four adult tickets for $159 for the March 29 race. Children 12-18 get half-price tickets, while backstretch tickets are $25. Family four-pack—two adults, two children—$99, a $41 discount.
The track has reduced 20,000 tickets in the Gadsden and Lincoln Grandstands to just $40 per ticket for both of its Cup races—Apr. 29 and Nov. 1.