fredbrown

Age: 55-65

Member since March 2020

Enormous Clay Oval Stock Car Racing Track

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Built in 1969 by Fred Brown, B.C. Umberger and Ed Carter the track is still in operation today with Fred as the sole owner. Normal racing from April to September on Saturday nights.
Fred is 80 years old and lives on the property. He enjoys telling stories of his colorful life and likes to give rides around the big track.
It's a weekly job for his son Peery who runs the equipment and takes car of maintenance at the track.
Peery has a Keystone Outback 324CG and both he and his fiance Lori, race dirt bikes along the east coast.
They have two dogs, Wendy and Dixie, Australian Shepherds.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Heavy equipment operator. Skills in mechanics, electrical, plumbing and carpentry.

fredbrown's Pets

Yes, Aussies

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Wythe Raceway for now.

fredbrown's Hometown

Rural Retreat. The Brown's came from a local dairy farm, retired, a few miles away. 6 generations in Wythe County.

fredbrown's Guest Details

fredbrown's Rig

Rig Type: Travel Trailer

38 feet long

Ford F250 Keystone Outback 38'

fredbrown's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Has slideouts
  • Needs to run a generator

fredbrown Has 1 Host Location

Wythe Raceway

Rural Retreat, VA, US
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fredbrown's References (69)

References from Guests (67)

Off_Kilter

October 2021

Nice area

Missed the races by week, still, a great location. Easy access, plenty of swinging room, mostly level.


GingerYinzer

October 2021

Perfect for overnight

Wythe Raceway was the perfect spot for a quick overnight stay. Conveniently located off I-81. Even though we arrived late we had no problems finding it. Would definitely recommend if you're traveling through the area.


billh42

October 2021

Good overnight stop

Nice level parking lot with trees to screen you from the I81 traffic. Easy on and off I81. Fred came by to welcome us. Good spot to spend the night. Would stop again.


OldGrayMare

September 2021

Spacious, self directed accomodations

Thank you for the safe, spacious digs for the night. We arrived after dark which presented some concerns for us as we have a 40' motorhome and 20' trailer. Setting up in the dark was a bit challenging but our problem not the venue. In the morning we awoke to see the full options and would definitely stay again.


LucieAndrew

September 2021

Experience Made Easy

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Wythe Raceway and in particular our chat with the owner. He is a man of incredible experience and if it weren’t raining we would have loved to share stories to late into the evening. The parking area is expansive, mostly level and gravel based. Our dog had lots of fun playing fetch in the large area next to where we parked. Would love to return on race night and experience the living history of this classic landmark.


marahlago

September 2021

Quiet and convenient!

This great location is just off the 81, so it was super convenient for a layover on our LONG road trip. It was quiet and secluded. Very private and we parked at an area near a tree lined path, but the best part of this charming and cool spot is the host! So kind and accommodating! We ran into some problems and showed up after midnight (1:30am to be exact!) and it was ideal for us! Thank you for hosting us!


mikego

September 2021

Fantastic Fred

This has to be the best boondock ever ! I met "Mr Fred" and part of his family,( Chris, Dawn and Mrs. Brown. His son Perry had gone to a motorcycle event so didn't meet him. Maybe next time. We enjoyed Sat. nite dirt track races.and explored the town of Rural Retreat. Mr. Fred said he's 83 but I told him he has to be 125 to have done all the things he's done in life and he's still sharp as a tack. Great Folks,


gitana

September 2021

Race sounds good as white noise to

Lull me to sleep. Easy on easy off highway.


DoubleKRanch

September 2021

Fantastic

The host provided great communication and they had ample space with hard level parking. Good Verizon service.

Would certainly return again - hopefully when there is a race to watch next time.


Dickinsons.on.the.Road

August 2021

What a treat

It honestly had never occurred to me to go to the races on Saturday night - but then I came across this place while looking for a place to stay overnight, and it was perfect! We thoroughly enjoyed the races, a quiet nights sleep afterwards and a slow, lovely morning. Perfectly level place to park, and great big open fields to exercise our dog in the morning. Fred was very welcoming and stopped by to see how we were doing. It was a pleasure to meet the man behind such a cool community treasure. Thank you for doing what you are doing and for hosting us! We will definitely return if in the area.


RMeyer

August 2021

Great for race fans

We really enjoyed staying here and on a race night. It was a restful and quiet spot to stay.


raquelfdl

August 2021

Hello, Peery and Laurie

We are planning on stopping for a race on our way home. Sat. 8/21. Will stay the night. Looking forward to visiting everyone again!
Rock'n and Roland, and Baxter too!


mindyhinkel

August 2021

A Perfect Night's Rest

Cool breeze and a quiet night's rest. Would definitely stay here again. Turn left on the road before the sign and be sure to get up a little speed before turning right up the gravel road. We're a big rig and spun out a little towing our fifth wheel but our front tires are soon to be replaced so that could have been us. Just know ahead there is an incline on loose gravel once you turn right. But it was no biggie, we made it and it was so nice with a pretty view. Wish we could of stayed another night for the race. Looks like fun! Another Boondocker's Welcome gem.


markew56

July 2021

Great host. Great stay!

Very convenient location. Easy in and out. Lots of room. And Fred is a great guy. He gave us a quick tour and history of the track and facility, which was very cool. We were in the area to visit friends, but had planned on taking in the race Saturday night as well, but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate for the event. But! That gives us a good excuse for another trip to the area.


dfedolfi

July 2021

Great site

Close to the interstate, quiet, plenty of space for multiple rigs. The lot is quite level and we had plenty of room to choose from so we could leave some space between our site and other campers. Kids loved the track and wandering through the on-site trails.


justinandjuby

July 2021

Racetrack Adventure

Really cool location and Fred is a great guy. Race was rained out which was a bummer but was still awesome to see the track he built 50 years ago!


Bayleedorset

July 2021

Positive

Great place to stay. Was quiet and felt safe staying here. I would recommend this place to stay and will stay here again.


dgolembeski

July 2021

Quick feedback

Had to cancel for issues on my part.


MomsterJeep

July 2021

Wonderful place!

Quiet and safe. Close to 77 and easy to find. Huge field that is easily accessible for any size camper. Level and clear. Thanks !


MomsterJeep

June 2021

Very Different!

After several farms, this was the perfect diversion to break up our trip from Florida to Ohio. We stayed on a Saturday night and I could not believe how many locals came to the races. I’m not a racing fan, but seeing it live is a totally different and very cool experience!


donna2

June 2021

Amazing!

This was my first Boondockers Welcome experience and I don’t think it could get any better than this. Besides their amazing venue, Wythe Raceway, which was built by the owner 50 years ago, this family of father and son and wives were the kindest and most welcoming people I have ever met. They go out of their to take care of you. The owner and his wife have wonderful stories about their adventures here and in Central America traveling by motorcycle and the son’s wife is a motorcycle racer! They are also super laid back. I highly recommend these hosts and hope to return some day!


Trishkillets

June 2021

What fun!!

Easy, short drive from I81. Beautiful level spot with plenty of room to turn around. TOP of the hill with a breathtaking sunset!!! We even got to watch a celebrity NASCAR driver practice AND take a ride on the track with Fred who was a funny and amazing host. We learned a lot about dirt racing too. We were pleasantly surprised to be able to sleep with the windows open in mid JUNE and still got cold enough to turn off the fans in the middle of the night. Quiet, peaceful night’s sleep. We will definitely be back.


Elizsnyder

June 2021

Quiet and Kind

We needed a night sleep, host was welcoming and kind! Quiet and flat, no blocks needed. Highly recommend!


BoondockingBrewers

May 2021

So Cool to stay at Racetrack

We enjoyed our shaded spot at the racetrack, hopefully the next time we can time it to see a race. Thanks for hosting us.


AwayWeRoam

May 2021

Great Hosts!

We enjoyed our time at Wythe Raceway. Sadly we weren't able to stay for a race but the kids still enjoyed getting to take a look at the track. The hosts stopped by to say hi and they were very friendly. We parked in the large grassy area near the ticket booth. Easy to access off of 81. There is a bit of a hill coming in, but we didn't have trouble in our 38-foot 5th wheel. Plenty of room to turn around when you get up to the top. Felt safe and it was quiet, with the interstate noise being only slightly noticeable. We drove up to New River Gorge National Park while parked at this location which was about an hour and 45-minute drive.

We would stay again.
Thanks for being Boondockers Welcome hosts!


pjbarr

May 2021

Great stopover!

This place is an easy stop over for the night off of 81. Plenty of space, great directions and communication. Easy as pie! And racing on Saturday nights! Awesome!


Lenora

May 2021

Lenora

Our stay at Wythe Raceway was great. We had great conversations with Fred and his wife as well as neighboring campers. Many thanks for the opportunity.


HETKEN

May 2021

Super Stay

What a great stay. A super night of car racing while parked at trackside. If you are going to be nearby, this is a must stop.


chelseychristiansen

May 2021

Fun and beautiful scenery

We really enjoyed our stay here! The race track is so much fun and the views around the are very pretty. It was a level spot to park and we slept well!


VickieG

May 2021

Raceway Stay

Pulled into an open parking lot and set up.
Plenty of room to spread out. Unfortunately with the weather, there was no race, but still a pleasant evening, got in a good walk around the racetrack and down a wooded trail.


pammadore

May 2021

Easy to access

Fun location on the race track. No races while I was there but my dogs and I enjoyed walking around it. Had another boondocker on site and enjoyed the visit. Didn't see my host but very appreciate of the stay!


StanandBev

May 2021

Stan&Bev

Nice overnight stay on our travels. Very friendly. Level place to park.


RJnPJboondockers

May 2021

Great Place to overnight

Easy on and off the highway. Great place to overnight. Lots of room. Will be back!


raygilby

April 2021

Flip side

This was my second time here and I plan on a third time to see a race. If you book, don't ask where to park. When you get there, a big parking lot will be obvious.


raygilby

April 2021

Educational

This was my first Boondock and I am definitely returning. I was greated by an amazing person with more life experiences than anyone else I've meet and given we are both story tellers with much in common, I had a great time. I even got a ride around the track. Thank you and I'll see you on the flip side.


Vossx2

April 2021

Quiet and safe

We had a very quiet and safe stay. Watched it snow too! With the drop in temps and snow we were unable to meet our host and missed opening night of the races. Plan to come back for both!


+paul366

March 2021

Short stay

A short overnight stay. Our second time there. Great access from I 81. Quite and peaceful place to sleep. Thank you for allowing our stop.


JohnSanchirico

February 2021

Very Welcoming and Private

My stay was accepted on short notice and I was the only one at the entire track in November. Fred came by to check in after my first night and made me feel welcome. Very convenient spot off the highway.


Dpritchard4

January 2021

Beautiful track!

Fred's track is a throw back for me i thoroughly enjoyed. Grew up near 2 dirt tracks. I could just about see, hear and smell it all!

Arrived during twilight and easily found our site. Frrd and Perry's directions are spot on to a level area. At 2500' the temp dropped quickly when the 20-30 mph winds arrived. Honestly, i love this January weather! It brought a nice sunrise too.


EdSin

December 2020

Great stay

We spent a nice quiet night at the racetrack. Easy in and out. Fred came by to make sure we were comfortable. Very good host. We want to come back to see the races.


Sunseekers2

November 2020

Sunseeker

Enroute to Florida from Ohio. Arrived late before rain hit. Very nice high up dry area to spend a very quiet night. Would have liked to walk the area but rain and fog prevailed so we continued our journey south the next morning. Would like to return for a race event someday Thank you for a nice place to pull off the highway and rest.


Michellelee36

November 2020

Wide and Wonderful

Right off highway. WIDE open space for newbies like me to easily park RV. Very cool to walk the racetrack while not in operation. My dog enjoyed sniffing the grounds, too! Thank you!


+paul366

November 2020

A most welcome stop.

A very convenient location. Easy in and out. We did not meet our host but want to send thanks for a very enjoyable stay.


yalins

November 2020

Easy in & out.

Location is convenient for those traveling through, nearby hardware store and grocery options. Large and level grassy site with good mountain views.
Highway 81 is nearby and the noise is there, it gets less noisy at night and we had a good sleep.
Driving in/ out was easy following the signs, but be aware of the gravel at the split where you see “pit entrance” sign, the pavement turns into gravel and cause spinning on wheels, so put on 4x4 before the split.
Thank you Peery for having us stay!


tomgolden

November 2020

Wonderful hospitality

We had a very enjoyable stay! We were able to visit with the host shortly after arrival. Very peaceful night and will definitely recommend!


Hmusick

November 2020

Fred was all that

We stayed here for one night while traveling from Pittsburgh to Georgia. We had read reviews about Fred maybe coming out and greeting us and taking us down on the track… It’s all true! The place has a pretty cool history and Fred is clearly proud of it and it shows. We had tons of room with plenty of spaces to choose from that were nice and flat. It was crazy windy, but we felt very safe. Would stay here again!


Travelinonashoestring

October 2020

Quiet, country stay

I stayed just outside the track area with a beautiful view of the valley. The owner was very pleasant and checked to make sure i had everything I needed before leaving. All in all - a great experience....


bharp57

October 2020

Short time around these track with fred.

Stayed at fred's 2 nights. Had ti cut our visit short. fred met up with us.... told us if the track history and took us for a spin around there track. we were disappointed we couldn't stay for Saturday night racing


NaiNai

October 2020

Nostalgia Night

Fred was a gracious host. We enjoyed watching the races as we arrived on race night, and Ace, our Lab, was able to run around and explore the open spaces. My granddaughter had never been to a stock car race and it has been several decades since I have been to one. My former husband was a race car junky when he was young, but gave it all up for family. It was fun reminiscing. We would love to stop again when in the area.


Cinder-Bella

October 2020

Great spot

Love the serenity and on a clear night, the sky here is incredible.


ssbeers

October 2020

Beautiful Spot in the country

Very quiet place, and we were welcomed on arrival. Walked a couple laps on the track, and had a quiet evening.


projectlookingforamerica

October 2020

Quite and peaceful

We really enjoyed our stay here. This area is beautiful. Our host had maps of scenic routes for us to look at. Friendly people, great spot. Very quiet and dark at night


Arvie1

September 2020

Raceway Boondocking!!!!

A gracious host and a wonderful, quiet night under the stars. The large parking area available made us feel alone even though we were not the only boondockers there. Would definitely stay again when in the area. Thanks for your continuing support to the RV community.


Pughpm

September 2020

Peace and Quiet

super quiet overnight stay. The big flat grassy parking area is on a little rise above the racetrack. Nice view of the mountains! Fred came by when I arrived and again when I was leaving to make sure I was OK and had everything I needed. Super nice and very accommodating host! Great overnight stop near I-81.


Cinder-Bella

September 2020

We got a heck of a surprise!

Not only did we get to stay on the property, which super convenient to the highway, it turned out the Labor Day race was that night, so we got to see the races.


Ninjanurse90

September 2020

Stellar place to boondock

I can't begin to describe how neat this place is the owner came to greet us as he did prior we had nice conversation learned a lot about him. he sure is interesting the docking area is clean & quiet it's the perfect place to boondock.
Thanks for an amazing experience


farmermark49

September 2020

Great Host and Interesting Camping Site

We talked to our host for at least an hour. He has lead a very interesting life and we found there were many things we had in common. The spot in which we camped was level and just outside that dirt track of the raceway. It was next to the expressway, but noise wasn't a problem for us. Beautiful area in the mountains. If we travel through the area again, we would love to visit again.


Robertk

August 2020

Amazing

When we first got there we thought we just were going to bed. But the owner of the race track pulled up to our camper and told to wait for a couple minutes and he would come back. When he returned he was in an old car and gave us a tour of the whole track and how it was built. He even let my son drive in the track. If you ever come down to Virginia you should definitely stay here .


Ninjanurse90

August 2020

Wow! An awesome experience 😎

We spent our first boondocker experience at a race track in the beautiful hills of Virginia with Fred. His track is very nice and a fast high banked 1/2 mile.
He was there to greet us and gave hubby a ride around the track.
He place we parked was just beautiful. We slept soundly and will be back for a big race for sure.
Thanks FB for fabulous experience!!


timcd1st

July 2020

Wide open and plenty of space.

Only stayed one night but look forward to coming back to the area to stay a little longer and take in a race night. Easy access off of Interstate 81. We did not get to meet the host but communication was always prompt and clear.


Woodcarver

July 2020

Great stay!

Fred is a great host. Stopped by to welcome us and showed us several good spots we could chose from to set up. Easy on and off interstate but far enough to be very quiet at night. Saw a few deer on edge of parking lot.


BrianCarderandMaryMealer

July 2020

amazing cupple

staying with this host was amazing, lol at least for my rig mate who loves racing. Fred even took us for a ride around the track. Fred is a hard work man that's for sure with an amazing sweet wife. Truly hope to see them again in our travels. Take care Fred with much love from Mary Mealer and Brian Carder.


rfrost

June 2020

Great Little Retreat

This was a great stop. Very relaxing environment Fred was a super host. I had a great chat with him and found his travel experiences very interesting. I hope we get the chance to travel through the area again and get to stop and see him.


JourneywiththeJakes

June 2020

Pleasant Stay

Awesome overnight spot. Very peaceful spot overlooking the track. My only recommendation when leaving the parking area, take the road you came up on, not the road to the left (south). I'm 12ft and just missed the wire and it's a rougher route. My mistake completely. So when headed up follow the owners directions and when you merge to the right, take the left road. Take that same road down 😁 Thanks again! We will stay again.


gwhit

May 2020

Easy access

Very close to freeway. Quiet & plenty of flat area to park. Didn't even have to do any leveling. Our very first boondicking experience. Thank you Fred!


Jameswalker

May 2020

race track stay

Last night we stayed at Wythe Race Way in Rural Retreat Virginia. It was a wonderful place to stay. Right next to the dirt track with a beautiful view of the mountains. Our host was a very friendly and interesting man. He showed us around the grounds and made us feel very much at home. would gladly stay there again.


xctraveler

May 2020

A Lonely Night at the Track

We found our way to the track parking lot on our own as Fred was not there and he did not answer his phone. If he had added to his welcome message to follow the sign to the Pit Parking it would have helped us get situated. There is plenty of room and much of it is level. Clearly one would not want to be there for boondocking on a race day. As it is the track is otherwise closed during the time of covid 19.
We were very grateful to have a lovely quiet night by ourselves boondocking. We certainly would stay again if we needed a place in the area.


Personal References (2)

SteveMartin

October 2020

Fantastic communication, great people, very accommodating....

Just to say that Fred and his son are wonderful people that are very very friendly, willing to accommodate. We definitely plan on being there in the future. Great people!


Ninjanurse90

August 2020

WOW! A very great first boondock experience

This host is amazing! He was very prompt in replying to communications. The directions were spot on and the view was incredible. He took hubby for a ride around the track in his truck. The place where we parked was asphalt so no mud!
We slept very well the site was quiet. I have a broken ankle so sitting outside wasn't an option.
Pizza plus will deliver a pizza right to your door that is very good.
Thank you fredbrown!