Charlie and Sheila Dixon make the six-hour-plus drive from their home in Seminole to Texas Motor Speedway every race week.
And they always throw a tailgate party for 12 to 15 family and friends, spending the prerace hours grilling and catching up.
But there never seemed to be enough room in the grass lots to accommodate them. That won't be a problem anymore, though, as they purchased a space in the newly developed Tailgater Monthly Pit Stop Park. The park was opened on Wednesday afternoon, with Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith, TMS president Eddie Gossage, Tailgater Monthly vice president of sales Randy Dye and Miss Sprint Cup, Paige Duke, on hand.
"This is a very neat deal, and it was really reasonable because we are season ticket holders," Charlie Dixon said. "We've always been into the tailgating scene with one of our kids going to Oklahoma State and another going to Texas Tech. So this just made a lot of sense, and we're space 54."
The park features 76 reserved tailgating spots 36 feet deep and 15 feet wide.
It also includes security, picnic tables, daily trash pickup and areas for horseshoe pits and beanbag toss. There's also a concierge service, courtesy of Brookshire's.
For non-season ticket holders, there is a one-time $1,000 fee and a $750 charge per season. Season ticket holders can get spots for a reduced rate.
"This is a high-end area for our fans to tailgate," Gossage said. "It's got enough space for the fans to put up their tents, coolers and grills.... And it's nice because the space owners can show up five hours before or 30 minutes before and be guaranteed a reserved spot."
The event also featured the Tailgater Monthly ultimate tailgate school bus, which has built-in grills, TVs, stereos and a beer tap. The latest tailgating gadgets were displayed, too, along with new sauces and marinades.
"This made sense for us to be associated with, because we are creating a platform where tailgaters can get all of their information," Dye said. "We don't tell anyone how to tailgate, because everybody has their own way. Instead, we're trying to introduce and bring unique stuff for them to check out."
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760