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A Number of Firsts for Fans This Dover Race Weekend

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - There are big additions this time around to NASCAR race weekend in Dover, both at the Speedway and across the city itself.

Dover had its first ever parade of haulers Thursday evening. About 40 haulers lined up in an order based on points standings and drove the path from the Blue Hen Corporate Center through downtown and out to Dover International Speedway.

Dover Mayor Carleton Carey proposed the idea for this race weekend first. And it's not the only first making the "AAA 400" different from races past.

Among the usual city of RVs, this weekend sits a small town of turnkey campsites.

Pat Jensen's company, Contentment Camping, put the sites up.

"This is the first time this is being offered," she said. "It's a great option if you don't have an RV, and you want to stay on-site to be part of the action.

Campsites cost a little less than $300 for the full weekend. The tents are 14 ft. by 10 ft. They come with two chairs and two cots with blankets and pillows.

"[And] very close by they have hot showers and bathroom facilities," Jensen said. "There's a phrase out there - glamping. I didn't coin it. They took the words 'glamorous' and 'camping' and put them together. That's becoming more and more popular."

"One of the biggest things we hear from race fans is that it's always a challenge to find hotel rooms in the area. There are only so many rooms to go around in a town the size of Dover," said Gary Camp, communications director for Dover International Speedway. "This was really an opportunity to provide something that is turnkey for them, that's on the property, walking distance to all the activities that happen here for an affordable price."

The set up process started Wednesday. All the sites will be ready for Friday move-ins.

There are about 35 tents for this race Jensen says spots sold out within a few weeks. Next year could see even more.

"It's just a matter of educating fans that this is an option," said Camp. "So, I think over time this will continue to grow."

Jensen hopes so, too, and is excited to hear feedback from campers on this first time around at Dover's race weekend.

Contentment Camping also did this for the Firefly Music Festival this summer. Jensen says they had about 70 tents for that event.

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