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Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure places novice passengers alongside professional drivers for ride-along experiences on Talladega Superspeedway. At 2.66 miles around, Talladega Superspeedway is the largest oval racetrack in the Sprint Cup Series and is well-known throughout motorsports. Passengers circumnavigate the speedy circle at speeds of up to 175 mph aboard real racecars once owned by such drivers as Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip, and Bobby Labonte. Before embarking, riders receive safety training and suit up in a full fire suit complete with a helmet with facemask and Hans Device, the same head restraint used by professional heavy-metal guitarists. Talladega Superspeedway is located next to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is open daily to visitors.

5120 Sparta Pike
Sparta,
KY
US

The NASCAR Racing Experience's team of driving instructors specializes in NASCAR-themed Cinderella stories: at whichever world-famous speedway they're visiting, they give civilians the chance to drive real NASCAR race cars that have actually been raced by NASCAR superstars for a few hours. That means getting behind the wheel of a real NASCAR race car that's been driven by Dale Jr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and other NASCAR favorites and putting the pedal to the medal. Unlike other racing experiences, there?s no lead car to follow here, you're driving by yourself and yes, passing is allowed! The instructors still offer guidance though, coaching those driving solo over a two-way car radio, and speed-chauffeuring racing enthusiasts around the track on ride-alongs.

Hwy. 35 Route 1
Sparta,
TN
US

Established: Before 1950

Reservations/Appointments: Not offered

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Brands Used: None

Pro Tip: Purchase tickets at Lanier-Madison Visitor Center across Vine Street from the Mansion.

Handicap Accessible: No

Parking: Free street parking

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Spiral staircase

Recommended Age Group: All ages

Q&A with Gerry Reilly, Site Manager

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Give visitors a short introduction to the life and times of James Lanier.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

Customers will experience an informative and fun tour of a fully furnished Greek Revival mansion with a spiral staircase and 14 ft. ceilings. Visitors will also be told short, interesting stories about the Lanier family and the town of Madison. For example, they will hear how one family member drowned in the Ohio River, that Madison was the second largest pork-packing town in the 1840s, and that James Lanier lent the State of Indiana over 1 million dollars during the Civil War.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

There are beautiful gardens on the mansion grounds.

601 W 1st St
Madison,
IN
US

Mud oozes through fingers, toes, and other places mud should never ooze through during Mudathlon, a challenge that puts 3 miles and more than 40 obstacles between racers and the finish line. With multiple stops across the country, Mudathlon transforms its destinations into messy, muck-riddled swamplands, where participants ascend walls, zip down slides, and always end up in the same place—back in the mud. Course marshals stationed along each route keep feet moving in the right direction, and at the finish line, the top three male and female competitors receive Top Mudder awards for finishing fastest while ingesting the government’s daily recommended serving of mud. After the race, individuals and teams gather to celebrate at a country-themed party, which continues the festivities with live music, costume contests, and an abundance of food and beer.

1608 Highway 227
Carrollton,
KY
US

Every time Cliff Robinson stirs his completely restored 500-horsepower Stearman PT-17 biplane to life, it's as if he's paying homage to the showmen who flew such aircraft a century ago. Back then, pilots would dazzle crowds during performances known as "barnstorming," and afterward, they would take onlookers on rides above the town. Cliff carries on that tradition with Robinson Aerobatics, toting guests through the skies above Madison and the Ohio River Valley. Cliff's lengthy flying career helps him make rides all the more exciting: he's participated in more than 300 public air shows and has collected more than 8,000 hours of experience as an instructor, crop duster, and aerobatics showman.

3919 West Ims Lane
Madison,
IN
US

The neon glow of televisions and beer signs makes up most of the light inside Hoopsters Sports Bar & Grill. The space has sheltered diners from the light of day since 1994, keeping the bar dimmed to movie-theater levels to help diners enjoy the technicolor action of their favorite sports teams. When televised competition fails to entertain, the staff instead augments their selection of burgers and sandwiches with Tuesday-night trivia contests, Friday-night karaoke, and Saturday-night DJ-driven dance parties. Sunday even has a special designation as the staff flips over all channels to view NASCAR contests and speaks only in motor sounds.

305 Route 62
Nabb,
IN
US