Local fans head to Homestead Miami for Nascar

Author: Lindsey Sablan
Published: Updated:

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Southwest Floridians flocked to Homestead Thursday for NASCAR’s final race weekend of the season.

“We’re kind of like dogs marking their territory,” explained Brad Brown, as he and his family raised their flags for Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

“We have been NASCAR fans since the 90s when we first got married,” said Brad’s wife April.

The Browns have been making the trek across the state from Polk County for the last nine years. This year, they brought their two kids with them. Just a few tents down from them was Michael Chapman from Fort Myers.

“Since I was knee high, I’ve been into racing…it’s in my blood,” Chapman said.

The president of Homestead Miami Speedway, Matthew Becherer said it is that loyalty that has made the track successful and helped the local economy.

“The community’s really embraced it, the buzz is going to be at an all-time high because of the elimination,” said Becherer.

Becherer said the added drama will bring even more fans to the area, and local businesses are gearing up. Mario’s Family Restaurant has stocked up on food, staff and beer.

“We start seeing different people come in…from Arkansas or California,” said employee Jennifer Molero.

The owner told WINK News the restaurant’s sales jump 30 percent on race weekend.

WINK News has live coverage from Homestead Miami Speedway through Sunday.

Copyright ©2024 Fort Myers Broadcasting. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without prior written consent.