Myrtle Beach Speedway
Myrtle Beach Speedway offers a venue for racing, excitement, and a night out for the family and/or racing enthusiast. This past Saturday night was opening night for the 2015 season and the Speedway hosted “Horry County School Night” where all Horry County students were admitted for free. In addition to qualifying and three races, five elementary school principals revved up their engines and crashed into each other in a Demolition Derby.
I have three school-aged children: two boys, 16 and 17 years of age, and one girl, age seven. We arrived just before 5pm with pizza and drinks and parked in the open field parking lot where we tailgated until the pizza was gone and we heard the announcement from the Speedway that they were qualifying for the race our family friend, Brian Noblin, was racing in with his #4 car. No outside food is allowed in the stands but you can bring up to one six-pack a person/one cooler a person so we re-packed our coolers with drinks and made our way in.
A friendly employee at the front gate took our tickets and we passed the concession stands and souvenir window; the finish line was right in front of us. Brian had told us to sit closest to turn one so we climbed the stands to the right to the top where there were seat-backs and settled in for the night. The wind was blowing and it became chilly quickly at the top of the stands. My sons almost admitted they should have listened to me and wore jeans and brought a sweatshirt. We did go back to our car for two blankets and we were allowed to enter and leave the venue as many times as we wanted without an issue.
There is a scoreboard near turn four which tells you how many laps have been run and which cars are in the first four positions on the track during the race. There are announcements that can be heard when the cars are not racing. You can easily see the whole track from any spot in the grand stand and since the track is only .538 miles you can see almost all of the action in the pits and driver’s area.
About 30 minutes before the races began, all the cars and drivers lined up on the track and they opened the gates to let the fans onto the track to meet-and-greet the drivers. We made our way to Brian and he let my youngest hop in the car and sit in the drivers’ seat. We checked out some of the other cars and another driver let her in the drivers’ seat too. The atmosphere is really laid back and friendly.
We brought ear plugs for my seven-year old, and I used a pair for the last and largest race of the night when there were at least a dozen cars on the racetrack. Otherwise, the noise was tolerable for adult ears. When the first race began, all three of my children’s faces lit up into smiles and general giddiness with the roar of the engine noise. The #4 car had a wobble in one of the front tires so he didn’t get to finish his race – but we are all looking forward to going back to the races.
For the racing enthusiast: the Speedway is home to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race and is .538 miles. The track races Late Model Chargers, Super Trucks, and Mini Stocks and hosts the Myrtle Beach 400, NASCAR Racing Experience, and the Wheels of Destruction Thrill Show. They have also recently built a stage to host concerts.
The races are usually on Saturdays and the times of each race will vary slightly from the published schedule depending on how many cars register that night. The races vary from 20 laps to 75 laps or more and you will definitely see more than one race in one night.
Cost: Prices vary depending on what races are going on or if there is a special event; but you can plan on $15 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Call for prices of the actual event you plan on attending. 1-877-722-3527. Concessions $5 and under; alcohol $4.
Myrtle Beach Speedway
455 Hospitality Lane (next to Tanger Outlet on 501)