Wake up to the sound of engines revving and motors running at the Stockton Dirt Track when you camp at the WOO (World of Outlaws) Sprint Stockton. The Sprint Car Series has been racing around the country since 1978 and is ridiculously popular among young and old racing fans. Just watching those little winged cars zoom around the track in the dirt has a way of raising your adrenaline and getting people excited.
Stockton Dirt Track is ready for racers at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds and shares the space with two other racetracks as well. But WOO Sprint is unique and fun for all as they watch the drivers zip through the dirt to get to the finish line. The food is great, the beer is cold, and the atmosphere is fun beginning the night before the races even start.
Staying at the campground is half the fun as you get to hang out with hundreds of other WOO Sprint Car Race lovers. Kick back in your lawn chair and enjoy the gorgeous weather in Central California while spending time with family and friends at the track. You’ll even have lights and water since they provide utility hookups, as well.
Tickets for seats at the WOO Sprint Stockton races have usually gone for about $40 to $50 in the past. If you want any extras such as pit passes, that is a bit extra. Race tickets do not include camping, which is typically about $60 for two nights and is the minimum when camping.
Just a half-hour drive from Modesto to the south, the Stockton Dirt Track is easy to get to on CA-99. If you’re headed from the Sacramento area, you’ll only have about an hour’s drive, and it’s just two hours to San Francisco. You might take I-5 or I-580 to get there from the north or west and CA-4 or CA-26 from the east. Several routes through the national forests that rest just east of the track add beauty to the drive, but keep in mind that some roads may be subject to closure.
The best way to go with an RV or campervan is to camp onsite. That way, you will not have to worry about parking or driving. And you’ll be free to peruse between the track and your campsite since you don’t have to drive. However, if you do decide to drive to the track, several huge parking lots can accommodate even the largest rigs. The fees for parking vary depending on whether you choose regular or VIP parking.
San Joaquin County has several fantastic public transportation options in and around Stockton. From the metro bus to the weekend hopper, race fans will have options for galavanting the region. You can also look for bikes you can rent. Of course, you can also call for a taxi or rideshare service as well.
Campsites at the Stockton Dirt Track vary from those with full hookups to those with just 110v electric. However, most have water and 30- to 50-amp electric, and there is a sewer dump station by campsites 44/45. The sites are first-come, first-served, so you need to get there early if you want a spot because sites are limited.
If you cannot get a campsite at the track, you don’t have to worry because there are over a dozen campgrounds within a 30-minute drive. The closest is just eight miles away with numerous spacious campsites with full hookups, playgrounds, dog parks, Wi-Fi, and much more. Caswell Memorial State Park is just 19 miles away and has 64 campsites with full hookups, a camp stove, food lockers, and can accommodate RVs up to 24 feet long.
If you’re planning to camp, you don’t have to worry about how to get around. It’s just a short walk from the campground to the track no matter which campsite you get. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. There is an ADA section in front of the reserved seat section next to the box seats. These have to be purchased online in advance, though, since they are limited.
You’ll enjoy plenty of sun at the Stockton Dirt Track during the weekend with average temps in the low 90s during the day. Nighttime can drop down to the lower 40s, so you’ll want to dress in layers. Pack a lightweight sweater and jeans along with your tank tops and shorts, so you have what you need no matter what. You’ll also need comfy shoes for maneuvering between your campsite and the track.
Backpacks are allowed as long as they meet the track's regulations. Coolers are not allowed. You’ll want to bring a camera to get pictures and videos of the race and maybe some binoculars as well. Don’t bring any food or drink besides one unopened bottle of water.
Two things you always need when camping or attending an outdoor event: bug spray and sunscreen. Sunglasses and a hat are also a good idea. It can get pretty warm in Central California in September; make sure you have plenty of water, so you don’t get dehydrated. The track allows each person to have one unopened bottle of water during the race.
You’ll be able to cook if you get a campsite at Stockton Dirt Track with electric or if you have a generator. However, it is best to bring a camp stove and propane. Although the campground boasts full hookups, you never know what may happen from day to day. Remember to turn off your generator during quiet hours.
If you don’t feel like cooking or eating at the track, take a ride into Stockton for a bite to eat. You can walk to most of these places since they are only about two miles up the road. There’s a spaghetti house, steak and lobster restaurant, Asian cuisine, Mexican food, and of course, you will find fast-food joints nearby WOO Sprint Stockton.
Food vendors at the Stockton Dirt Track WOO Races typically consist of hotdogs, BBQ burgers, nachos, beer, and soft drinks, although the fairgrounds may have some food options available as well. The sponsors and vendors often vary except for NOS Energy Drinks, which is a prominent sponsor and the Stockton 99 Speedway. Other vendors have recently included O’Reilly, Coors, 7-Up, Hoosier, iPull-uPull, and DIRTVision.com.
If security or a police presence makes you feel uncomfortable, you can have both at the WOO Stockton Dirt Track. There will be plenty of security present at the track, but since they are not all uniformed, you may have trouble recognizing them. Inquire with staff at the track site if you need assistance.
Central California and the mid-September weather is typically beautiful with highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid-50s. However, it has been known to get as hot as 94 degrees and as cold as 39 degrees. It’s best to check the local weather forecast before heading to the track.
Onsite medical care is available near the track for minor injuries and illnesses, but it is best to call 911 if you have an emergency. The closest hospital is 3.6 miles away in Stockton on North California Street. If you need medical care while at your campsite, there is a camp host at Campsite 47, closest to the grandstands.