For many people NASCAR is not only a race but a way of life. They attend or watch every race. They schedule their life around all NASCAR events that may take place. Doing this they could tell you everything you need to know about any track. Here is my guide to the top five NASCAR tracks:
1. Daytona International Speedway – Built in 1959 in Daytona Beach. Florida this racetrack features the Tri-Oval which is 2.5miles long and the Sports Car Course which is 3.56 mi. long. This raceway has been home to thousands of races. Built to accommodate just over 167,000 people for races such as the Daytona 500, Coke Zero, 400, the Gatorade Duel, the Budweiser Shootout, and many more. This speedway hosts not only NASCAR events but events such as go-karts, motorcycles, modified pickup trucks and even powerboat racing in Lake Lloyd which is located in the speedways 180 acre infield. This track is also known to many as the track which took the life of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.
2. Talladega Super Speedway – Built in the 1960’s in Talladega, Alabama this racetrack is by far the longest track of the Sprint Cup Series coming in at 2.66 miles long. This speedway was built to accomadate 175,000 people. The Talladega Speedway is also known for the steepness of it’s oval track. Home to NASCAR series such as: Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, Aarons’312 and many more. Due to the high number of crashes over the years it is rumored that the Talladega Super Speedway is cursed. Many deaths and strange happenings have occurred on this track to make many believe these rumors are true. In 2006 the speedway under went re-construction that was finished four months later.
3. Indianapolis Speedway – Built in 1909 in Speedway, Indiana just outside of Indianapolis this speedway is home to the Indianapolis 500. With a seating capacity of just about 400,000 Indianapolis speedway is the largest racing facility in the world. This raceway is two and a half miles long with a rectangular oval shape has under gone over four track re-constructions. Other than the Indianapolis 500 this track also hosts NASCAR’S Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, and the United States Grand Prix for Formula One.
4. Martinsville Speedway – Built in 1947 in Ridgeway, Virginia Martinsville Speedway is home to one of the shortest speedways in the Sprint Cup Series with a length of 0.526 miles. Known as the paper clip shape due to its shape and is banked only 12 degrees in the turns. This speedway has under gone several re-constructions for re-pavement and more. This speedway seats 65,000 making it one of the smallest speedways ever. Martinsville hosts the Sprint Cup Series and is home to many events.
5. Atlanta Motor Speedway – Built in 1960 in Hampton, Georgia this speedway has a seating capacity of over 125,000 people. Originally opened as a 1.5 mile standard oval track in 1997 the speedway was all but completely rebuilt. This track is home to some of the highest speeds in NASCAR. This speedway hosts the Sprint Cup Series along with many other races and events.