In case the $3000 tag raises some eyebrows:
$1400 for tires (some folks show up with 2 sets of new tires, which would be $2800, plus another set of wheels for me)
$450 for diesel
$400 for hotel
$135 Entry plus $30 for banquet = $165
$40/day * 6 days for food for 3 people = $240
$35 for test n tune
$60 in race gas
$40 give or take for highway tolls
$30 in "beverages" for the CP cookout
~$200 incidentals (Nats souvenirs, snacks, etc.)
Just in case Bill's $3000 Nationals price tag is scaring some of you from thinking of attending Nationals in the future, I thought I would include a typical budget for cheapskates (Stacey & me).
$1200 tires (optional). I ran '07 tires at last year's Nationals and took 4th. Even if you buy new meats, you will run them into next year, so one can't really count those tires for a single event. Besides, I've used less rubber at Nats than I do at a day at Kruse. I figure $150 for the wear on the tires for that event.
$250 towing gas. (Split between Stacey & I.) (Ron Conrad would go out there & back on less than $90!)
$50 camping. (Split between Stacey & I.)
$135 entyr fee (that sucks!)
$50 Food out of the cooler (Split between Stacey & I.) Would have spent that on groceries anyway.
$20 Dining out with friends.
$0 test & tune (I'm in it for fun)
$12 in race gas for a very economical race car. 3 runs x 2 days x 2 drivers. (Split between Stacey & I.)
$40 Tolls. (Split between Stacey & I.)
$20 adult beverages - hey, it's nationals!
My portion comes to under $557 above what I would have spent in a normal week in groceries. That's not bad. So, for those of you who have thought about going to Nationals but thought it was too expensive - do it the cheap way first and just have some fun!