Pit Notes: Weddings, Laundry Mats and Racing at NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE A GREAT PLACE TO GET MARRIED: When John and Monica Russell decided to get married, they knew exactly where to do it. As diehard race fans, there was really no other option.
"I thought, 'Well, let's get married at a race track,'" John Russell said. "Why not get married on the biggest stage (in racing)."
The couple met online in October, and three days later they were engaged.
"It was his wedding," said Monica, who has been married once before. "I said, 'What do you want, baby?' So here we are. I haven't actually been to a race here since 1994, so I am loving it."
Both diehard Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans, the bride and groom wore No. 88 T-shirts for the ceremony, which took place Saturday morning at the start/finish line of Charlotte Motor Speedway They took their wedding photos in Victory Lane and will be featured live on the Speed Stage at 4 p.m.
The Russells, from Bethune, S.C., spent the week before the wedding taking a NASCAR-themed pre-honeymoon in the area, checking out Victory Junction Gang Camp, Stewart-Hass Racing Wednesday, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Whisky River, Victory Lane (go-kart racing), Roush/Fenway Racing and the NASCAR R&D Center.
BEST CAMPGROUND IDEA EVER: Imagine you come to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 10 Greatest Days in Racing. But because you want to get there early and set up camp, and enjoy the atmosphere, the 10 Greatest Days in Racing turn into about two great days of camping at the race track. After two weeks, you have a mountain of dirty, smelly laundry to take home. Until now.
Just outside Turn 1 in the Tim Flock Campground is the new all & Snuggle Laundry Pit Stop, which is offering free laundry service for all race fans. But not only that, they are also a family entertainment zone, complete with cornhole, kids' games, movies, popcorn and more.
"A lot of fans come in kind of skeptical, like what's the catch," said Jody Bennett, Senior Vice President for Aquarius Sports and Entertainment, who was manning the welcome table inside the Laundry Pit Stop Saturday. "They can't believe it's really free. But after we show them around and explain that it really, truly is a free service courtesy of all, Snuggle and Target, they love it."
Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the all & Snuggle Laundry Pit Stop has provided free wash, dry, fold and delivery services for 32 loads in each of its first two days, which is the capacity for the eight-washer, eight-dryer trailer. But they've also given away loads of coupons, Snuggle mini teddy bears, Laundry Pit Stop cinch sacks, and even free full-size all and Snuggle products.
"It's been a lot of fun," Bennett said. "And we haven't even lost a sock."
Fans are invited to attend the all & Snuggle Happy Hour next Thursday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., for free food, prizes, giveaways and a free qualifying ticket, as well as the chance to meet Target driver Juan Pablo Montoya.