NASCAR is a very exciting sport. Every aspect, from the cars to the drivers to the race itself, contributes to making the sport enjoyable. Although it might seem like one racetrack is no different than another, the different racing venues around the country differ in their own ways. Here is a list of the top five NASCAR racetracks.
Daytona International Speedway
Located in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Daytona International Speedway is home to the Daytona 500, the most prestigious event in NASCAR. The Daytona 500, often referred to as “The Great American Race,” is the race that every race car driver hopes to someday win. The Daytona 500 Experience is the museum located on the grounds. In the past, the cars of the Daytona 500 winners would be placed on display at the museum.
Bristol Motor Speedway
Located in Bristol, Tennessee, the Bristol Motor Speedway is considered to be the fastest half-mile track. The track is an all concrete surface and is nicknamed “Thunder Valley.”
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Located in Hampton, Georgia, the Atlanta Motor Speedway has been the location of some of the greatest photo finishes in NASCAR history. All races in 2000, 2001, and 2005 came down to a photo finish. A unique attribute of the racetrack is that former President Jimmy Carter once worked as a ticket taker at the track, and he visited races at the track several times during his time as both Governor of Georgia and President of the United States. The track also hosts the Richard Petty Driving Experience in which visitors have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a race car for a first hand experience. Fans of the track would appreciate knowing that the films Stroker Ace and Smokey and the Bandit 2 were also filmed at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway needs no introduction to NASCAR fans. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the home of the Indianapolis 500, one of the most highly regarded and highly anticipated NASCAR races each year, as well as the Brickyard 400. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is also located on the grounds.
Located in Darlington, South Carolina, the Darlington Raceway is nicknamed “The Lady in Black.” The Darlington Raceway is considered to be one of the toughest racetracks, and can wreak havoc on players who don’t know how to maneuver the track.