NASCAR, like setting apple pies on fire and taking a day off from school to celebrate Michael Douglas's birthday, is considered one of the finest American pastimes. Attend a decisively American race with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one general-admission ticket and Sprint Fanzone access to the Subway Jalapeno 250 race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach (a $67 value). This NASCAR Nationwide Series race takes place on Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m., and kids 12 and younger get in for free. General-admission seating is eligible in all grandstands, except the Petty Tower, Sprint Tower, Roberts Tower, Weatherly Tower, and Campbell Box.
Opened in 1959, the Daytona International Speedway delights die-hard racing fans with high-octane races throughout the year, including the sport's most heralded race, the Daytona 500. Engineheads and tire buffs will be seated with an intimate view of 180 mph stock cars in the grandstand general-admission sections (a $42 value, including lowest-possible service fee). The Subway Jalapeno 250 grants wide-eyed spectators a chance to witness the rising stars of the Nationwide Series test their mettle against NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series drivers in a 250-mile race where first place gets the checkered flag and last place gets to push themselves home in a wheelbarrow.
Today's Groupon also includes the Sprint Fanzone and prerace pass (a $25 value), which grants access to the prerace area, where fans can drop by a driver's Q&A session, discreetly peek into the garages, and sign the start/finish line—which is also the latitudinal divide where all objects must be traveling at least 150 mph.Parents and speed-craving babysitters can tote children 12 and younger into the prerace zones for free, granting them a lifelong affinity for burnt rubber and flame-retardant onesies.