Have You Purchased Your NASCAR Tickets Yet? It's Not Too Late

Matt EddieContributor IJanuary 27, 2009

Today I was booking my annual tickets to Atlanta and Talladega, and got a pleasant surprise. My usual tickets in the Lincoln Grandstands, normally $75, were only $40.

Exciting huh? When I called to book tickets for the Atlanta race, the agent asked me if I am a college student. 

Being a college student, I am used to a discount at various places, but at a stock car race? 

Thirty-five dollars and a student ID will get you in the gates at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The economy is hurting us all right now. NASCAR is hurting. Every company on every car has made major cuts within their organization.

Electric, gas, and water bills are all on the rise, and many of us have been forced to take a cut in pay, with many more given a "long vacation."

But I do know my NASCAR fans. Where there's a will, there's a way.

Most of us put every dime we can away so that when the time comes, we can hop in a car and take a ride to the track. 

Some may say that right now is the worst time to be a NASCAR fan, but I think now is our time.

It only costs 40 dollars to watch side-by-side action at the Talladega Superspeedway. Gas is averaging around $1.60 in the south right now.

That puts many of us down here in a great situation when it comes to driving three hours to a race.

A student discount isn't all that is offered at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. A military discount is also offered. 

I am not sure about any other classes, but it never hurts to check.

Just because the economy is at an all-time low doesn't mean that the racing action is the same.

With Speedweeks already underway, the Daytona 500 is just right around the corner.

Many new teams have entered the sport recently. Many of them will be there for Daytona and will then be gone.

Some of them will be there until Bristol and then they will be gone.

A few will make it until summer.

All in all, Qualifying Day should be almost as exciting as race day.

Save that extra dollar. 

Brown bag it for lunch and lets take advantage of these cheap tickets, filling the stands for the sport we love.