Racing fans tailgate in interesting ways before Southern 500

Darlington fans

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - While the drivers and NASCAR teams get ready for the Southern 500, racing fans are out tailgating before Saturday night's race in some pretty interesting ways.

Jeff Smith is spending his days before the races tailgating in an old bus turned tailgating hot spot. This afternoon he spent the day hanging out in a small blow up pool. Smith said he has been doing this for years at several tracks in the southeast but he said you can have a better tailgate the next year.

"I don't think you're ever an expert tailgater," Smith added. "I think it always progresses we're trying to get better and better every year."

Smith said while he enjoys the races, it is all about having a good time.

"We've been going to the races for a long time and the races are great but we're here for the community and the tailgating."

At the same time, Jeff Babington and his family and friends spent most of their day playing a large scale game of jenga. He said every year nearby fans cannot help but stop by and watch.

"Last year we had approximately 50 people standing out there," Babington said. "We had Richard Childress come by and sign one of our jenga blocks."

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