NASCAR fans leave behind hidden treasures after All-Star race

- Although the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race is over, there is a race of different kind going on at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the next few days. It’s a race against the clock to make sure the speedway is clear of trash before fans from the Coca-Cola 600 arrive.

Speedway officials say they started cleaning up on Sunday by focusing on the grandstands and parking lots.

As for the infield, where hundreds of fans spent All-Star weekend, there is still some clean up that needs to be done.

“It’s just like a family, it’s like a family reunion,” said Ron Eck, who was camping just outside the speedway.

NASCAR fans say it’s a get-together like no other. They bond with one another at the track for more than two weeks. With close quarter camper living, they say you really get to know your neighbors.

“Them people are from Missouri, those people are from Delaware, in fact we know everyone in this entire camping area,” said Eck.

Nearby neighbor Bill Frank has been camping at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for 16 years. He knows a thing or two about how to make his RV lot feel like home sweet home.

“We have a fully equipped RV and it has everything we need, water food. It’s loaded. We don’t have to go anywhere,” said Frank.

The comforts of home, also come with some hassles. More than two weeks of trash can pile up quickly, but the campgrounds have it covered.

“We do our trash. As we fill it up we put it out here and the people that own this place, someone comes by and picks the trash up,” said Frank.

Less than 24 hours after the checkered flag for the All-Star race, crews were already busy cleaning up the parking lot. The infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway was another story.

Campers who were clearing out Sunday morning left behind plenty of interesting trash.

A few grills, a lonely shoe, a biohazard sharps container, and a pair of glasses were all found during a quick walk of the infield grounds.

Although you’re bound to find more bags of trash than campers in the infield on Sunday, longtime fans say it will be hauled away in no time.

“They come around daily and pick up any garbage. You’re supposed to bag it and leave it out front and then in between the races they actually have a crew. They drop a bus, they bring these people out and they just scour from one end to the other just cleaning the place right up,” said Charlene Lapensee.

Lapensee takes pride with her camper, winning best decorated four years in a row. Despite the unsightly scene outside her door after the race, it’s worth a day of clean-up, for a once in a lifetime experience.

“The people. The sights. The Sounds. The noise. Everyone here is just great,” said Lapensee.

Officials at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been cleaning up post-race trash for years. They say everything will be back in order well before fans arrive for the Coca-Cola 600.

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