Dog may be a man’s best friend, but a racecar is much less likely to track mud on the carpet or bury a valuable bone collection. Delight in a reliable companion with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $13 value each) to a race of your choice (see excluded dates), two hot dogs, two bags of chips, and two fountain drinks at Berlin Raceway in Marne (up to a $37 total value). Children 11 years old and younger can attend for free.
Starting at 7 p.m., Berlin Raceway fetes race watchers' senses with high-octane, high-stakes chases and the colorful blur of whizzing cars. Once fueled with a hot dog ($2.50 value each), bag of chips ($1 value each) and soda ($2 value each), two sideline sitters can watch as the inviting glare of headlights and floodlights illuminates the night's numbered vehicles and pit-stop fruit stands. Each night features race types, drivers, and vehicles, so fans can keep up with the schedule to find the evening that best matches their mood and lucky horsepower number.
Since 2001, Berlin Raceway has amped up the safety and quality of the racetrack experience by adding new fences, redesigning the sound systems and turning the normal stadium seating into a giant disco floor. Celebrity drivers from NASCAR, such as Tony Stewart and Michael Waltrip, have regularly graced the stadium in their finest jumpsuits. Berlin Raceway also opens its parking lot early for tailgating, allowing large groups of people to gather early to eat, swap favorite racing memories, and reconstruct winning moments on razor scooters.
From its beginnings as a plain dirt track in 1950, the Berlin Raceway has transformed in the intervening decades into one of the country’s most challenging and esteemed short tracks. A 7/16-mile paved oval, with 13-degree banking in the turns and 9-degree banking on the straightaways, the track regularly hosts races for various types of autos, ranging from four-cylinder vehicles to super and outlaw late models to Big Wheels with rocket engines attached. Drivers follow in the tire marks of renowned racers, including Tim Steele and Jack Sprague, some of who are chronicled in the track’s hall of fame.