A Saturday in Early July
Laci White was born and raised in Knoxville, and still lives here today with her husband, three children and two dogs. She loves everything about her hometown, but says her favorite thing is the people, who she believes are the nicest people you’ll find anywhere.
Being a Knoxville native, Laci is a huge sprint car fan. Her love for racing carries into her professional life, where she works as the Special Events Coordinator for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. In her free-time, Laci enjoys attending sprint car races around the country, but her hometown track, Knoxville Raceway, will always be her favorite.
For all the race fans visiting her hometown, Laci has a few insider tips on how to make the most of a day in Knoxville. Take a look at her itinerary for a fun-filled day in the Sprint Car Capital of the World.
If you had an entire day free, how would you spend it in Knoxville?
As a race fan, Laci’s perfect day in Knoxville is a Saturday in early July or August.
Start the day at Mr. C’s Family Restaurant for a delicious breakfast. Try an order of bacon and eggs, and for the ambitious, add an order of pancakes, too. After breakfast, it’s time to bring the family’s motorhome to Marion County Park to enjoy camping and outdoor activities.
For lunch, head to the Downtown Diner for the best burgers around. Laci’s favorite is the bacon cheeseburger, closely followed by a side of local Knoxville hospitality.
After lunch, grab a cup of coffee at The Coffee Connection. Try anything on the menu, you can’t go wrong! Once your coffee is in hand, head over the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum to check out the 30 plus sprint cars and exhibits. It’s the only museum in the world solely dedicated to the sport of Sprint Car Racing, with a breathtaking view of the Knoxville Raceway from the second floor.
Laci’s insider tip: While visiting the museum, if you ask nicely (and they aren’t incredibly busy), the staff will give you a personal tour or even show you the suites or observation deck on top of the Bryan Clauson Tower.
Head over to The Rib Shack for some delicious ribs, cheesy corn (Laci’s personal favorite), and potato salad. Make sure to order your food to-go and bring it to your seats to watch the sprint car action.
Spend your evening watching the best spring car racing in the world at the Knoxville Raceway from the second floor of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. Sometimes, Laci and her husband will sit in the stands, because a little dirt in your hair isn’t so bad. Section H is the best!
Once the racing has ended, head to the pits to talk with other fans, the team, and the drivers. You can get their autographs, and maybe even a few selfies! Then, make your way back to the camping spot at the Marion County Park for to end the night with a bonfire and roasted marshmallows.