Jeff and Bev Henley of Harrisburg don't take vacations.
They don't have to. There's always a party heading their way this time of year.
"Every year is a new story," Jeff Henley said.
As hundreds of thousands people pour into the region for this weekend's NASCAR Spring All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a handful of locals living within a stone's throw of the speedway are renting out their land for racing fans to camp and park.
The Henleys, a couple in their 50s, moved to their home on Morehead Road in 2000, where they've parked cars and campers ever since.
"We didn't know anything about the races before we moved here," Bev Henley said.
Now the red barn in front of their home is bedecked in NASCAR décor. Photos of campers cover one of the barn's walls, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. banners hang from the rafters.
Every year, Jeff clears off about 15 acres to make way for the campers flocking to the area for the speedway's NASCAR events - two in May and one in the fall.
Their mom-and-pop operation, which they named Red Barn Parking, is nothing fancy.
Jeff laughed as they recalled how a group of firefighters from Maryland used a hose to take a shower behind the barn.
"They don't come here for hotel accommodations or fancy meals," Jeff said. "They come here for camaraderie."
The Henleys charge $75 a week to camp and $5 a day to park.
The couple makes $3,000-$4,000 a weekend after the cost of clearing off the necessary land, renting portable toilets, buying ice for campers, printing parking stickers and paying the three or four people they hire to help park cars.
Dealing with hundreds of people on their land can be a hassle, they said, laughing as they described how they've chased down people who've driven through the gate without paying. But the income helps, and they've met some great people, Jeff Henley said.
Randy Little of Charlotte grew up about half a mile from the speedway on Morehead Road, where his family has lived since the 1935, long before the speedway was built in 1959.
They've become accustomed to the speedway - and the traffic that comes with it. As property taxes in the area rose, the family sought ways to help offset the cost.
Family members created a mobile home park, and now Little rents about 20 spaces for RVs along Morehead Road. Some of his family members in the area rent out about 200 spots for RVs, he said.
Little doesn't usually go to the races because he's too busy parking cars and cleaning up trash, but he's still a NASCAR fan.
"I have to be," he said. "We're in the heart of racing country."
Roaul Yates, 52, of Harrisburg started helping his grandfather park cars around the speedway when he was about 10 years old.
Yates' father removed the peach trees that dotted his land along Morehead Road and began charging $2 a car for about 20-40 cars to park. But as the speedway added more seats, more and more people poured into the area, creating more demand for places to park and camp.
In the mid-90s, the Yates family began allowing campers. And in 2003, Roaul Yates spread gravel and added RV hook-ups.
The campground now holds more than 40 RVs. Last week, about 12 RVs were parked there, and about 10 of them were there for the upcoming racing weekends.
On a major race weekend, about 120 people will camp on his land, Yates said. People pitch tents in his backyard and crowd around a fire pit he built out back.
"I'll have a yard full of people," he said.
Yates Family Camping is a quiet family campground. They don't put up with all the racket and partying, he said.
Yates said he's a NASCAR fan, but not a fanatic. He's never even been to a NASCAR race at the speedway, which is practically across the street. He's too busy.
"When you have this much responsibility, you can't walk away," he said, explaining that he patrols the campground during the race to make sure people's belonging are intact when they return. "I do good to get four hours of sleep a night."
His campers will have him running in circles all day, he said. "Do you sell ice?" "Where can I charge my cell phone?" "Where can my buddy park?" "Do you have any garbage bags?"
"I get run all over the place," Yates said.
But it's not enough of an annoyance to make him consider giving up the camping business.
"No, lord, no," Yates said. "You look forward to it. It becomes a part of you after awhile."
Many of the people who camp there have been coming for years.
"They're like family," he said.
The Henleys agreed; their campers are family.
"Even if you don't make a dime, it's worth it," Jeff Henley said.
He recalled how his wife once cried as people drove off their land at the end of the race weekend. She doesn't like to say goodbye, she said.
"I just hate to see them leave."