Woman Gives Birth at NASCAR Track & Baby Scores Free Race Tickets for Life


baby toesA woman in New Hampshire had a birth experience to remember this weekend, as she wound up delivering her baby in the parking lot of a NASCAR track. Shawna Arnold rushed to the hospital with her boyfriend last Friday when she went into labor, but quickly realized they weren't going to make it, so they pulled into the parking lot of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Of her speedy delivery, she said, "He's like, 'I can’t drive any faster. I can't drive any faster,' and I'm like, 'I'm not going to make it. I'm not going to make it.' I had a contraction and I stood up in the back seat on my knees, and I’m not going to make it. My water just broke."

Luckily since there was a race going on that day, there were already ambulances at the track, so Shawna and her boyfriend were able to get help from EMTs right away. They named their new baby girl Katie, and she's doing just fine.

And if it wasn't already a big enough coincidence that Shawna was literally in a race to the hospital when she stumbled upon this NASCAR race and gave birth -- she'll be able to celebrate her little girl's birthdays at the track every year. To commemorate her arrival, the Speedway General Manager has given the baby two tickets to races every year for the rest of her life.

Wow. Can you get over the irony of this whole situation? What are the odds of racing as fast as you can to the hospital to give birth, only to have your baby delivered at a race track? I guess this is one of those birth stores that you just can't make up, and I highly doubt it's one that will be repeated by another pregnant woman anytime soon. But if you do happen to be passing by a Speedway en route to the hospital and need to make a pit stop, at least you can be confident that they're fully equipped to handle a birth.

Have you thought about what you'd do if you went into labor in your car?


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nonmember avatar kaerae

If you've ever given birth at a NASCAR track...you might be a redneck

nonmember avatar amanda

That's awesome. I'm a huge nascar fan makes me want to sit around a race track in march that is my due date lol

Gina Mattice

LOL!!! I love that first comment! And I love this story, I live about 4 miles from there.


Hawks... Hawks_Baby

I watched this on the news a couple days ago. I'm not a fan of NASCAR, but that baby is one lucky little girl. Welcome to the world, Katie. It's going to get crazy at times, but you have mom and dad right there with you every step if the way.

Elanore Forbes

just 2 tickets so mom and dad cant both go with her?


nonmember avatar Karina Donnelly

This is too cool of a story. Something to talk about for years to come.....oh and at most tracks kids are free until at least 12...so mom and dad can go til then, lol

Jill Peterson

People joke about NASCAR, but when it comes down to it, they are a big family. She was lucky that EMT's were right there, making the experience a bit less scary. Welcome to the world, Katie!

mandy... mandybimama

That is such a cool story! I'm not a NASCAR fan but I do go to several pro football games a year and I always joked about what would happen if I happened to go into labor during the game and delivered at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It would be awesome if they gave my baby free tickets to one game a year for the rest of his/her life. 

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