Track-to-Track Road Trip Part 11: South Carolina to Virginia

The NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs are drawing near. That also means the end of the track-to-track road trip is looming. This week marks the penultimate installment of the track-to-track road trip. It’s also the shortest leg of the trip. You could easily make the drive in an afternoon, but, or course, you’d risk missing some neat stops along the way. So, instead of rushing through, enjoy the journey and make there 3 stops along the route.

Fast Facts:

Last Week’s Race: September 2 at Darlington Raceway
This Week’s Race: September 8 at Richmond Raceway
Time on the road: About 4.5 hours
Best route: I-95 North

Start Your Engines:

First stop: Florence, SC

Florence, SC

We may be past the solar eclipse, but there are still plenty of cool interstellar tings to see at the Dooley Planetarium. Sit back and take in the awe-inspiring sights at this little gem on the Francis Marion University campus. Then, soak up even more sights at The Library Restaurant, which features mouthwatering dishes, like fried chicken lollipops and chocolate babka. In the mood for seafood instead? There’s no question about it – head on over to Tubb’s Shrimp & Fish Co. If you’re aiming to satisfy both the picky eaters and those with refined palettes in your group, the 1720 Burger Bar should be your go-to. Once you’re ready to call it a night, go back to your room at Abingdon Manor for a restful night’s sleep, fit for royalty.

Pit Stop: Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville, NC

After all this time on the road, you’re probably ready to kick back and relax, right? So grab a cold one at The Mash House, and then make base at Waldo’s Beach Campground. Have some s’mores around a campfire or take a leisurely stroll through nature before embarking on the next day’s adventures.  Speaking of which, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum is a must for all you history buffs out there. The little ones in your group will also love Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, which is filled with exhibits meant to spark the imagination. Oh, and while you’re in town, try to catch a live show at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. With high production quality and great prices, you’ll love every minute of it.

Last Stop: Petersburg, VA

Petersburg, VA

What’s a trip to the South without a little barbecue? Make it a point to go to King’s Famous Barbecue, which, true to its name, is famous for its barbecue. Still hungry? Make a pit stop at The Brick House Run, a wonderful little pub located in a 109-year-old building. It’s got history. It’s got good food. It’s god libations. What more could you want?

For some good, old fashioned family fun, take an afternoon to visit Swader’s Sports Park. They have go karts, laser tag, arcade games, mini golf, and so much more. Or, if you’re really missing the NASCAR action at this point in the week, head to Virginia Motorsports Park for some adrenaline pumping action. Top off the trip with a stay at the beautiful Ragland Mansion.

Last Stop: Richmond, VA

Summer may be drawing to a close, but the NASCAR XFINITY competition is just heating up. Be sure to cheer on Blake Koch as he competes for a better position in the XFINITY playoffs. And while you’re in town, support the local community by checking out these Top 7 Hot Spots Around Richmond Raceway.

Track-to-Track Road Trip Part 11: South Carolina to Virginia