NASCAR has many exciting race tracks located all around the country. Fans of the sport are treated to a great deal of variety and no one track is exactly the same as another. This is one of the things that makes NASCAR such a popular sport and allows it to capture the fascination of so many new fans every year as one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Here is my list of the top five NASCAR race tracks.
#5 – Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International, known to fans as “The Glen”, is located in Watkins Glen, New York on Seneca Lake. The location is steeped in history, going back to 1957 when Buck Baker won a NASCAR stock car race there. The short track covers 2.45 miles and the long track runs 3.6 miles of road. Fans have been coming back to the Glen for generations and it remains one of NASCAR’s most popular tracks.
#4 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Located in the unsurprisingly named Speedway, Indiana, this legendary track is home to both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most celebrated tracks in racing history and track owner Tony George finally brought NASCAR racing to the site in 1994. This is a thrilling track and its races are must-see events every year.
#3 – Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida is home to the Daytona 500, billed as the most prestigious race in the NASCAR circuit. In 2004, the owners of the track constructed the Sprint Fanzone which allows fans to get very close to the drivers and the pit crews both before and after the race. The Fanzone also features a live music stage and concessions. Daytona might be the best location for the overall fan experience.
#2 – Talladega Super Speedway
Talladega Super Speedway in Talladega, Alabama is known for one of the longest and fastest tracks in NASCAR racing, making its feature races some of the most exciting events in all of sports. Talladega is also rumored to be cursed for being built on top of an old Native American burial ground, adding to the mystique of NASCAR’s second greatest race track.
#1 – Richmond International Raceway
Any choice for the number one race track in all of NASCAR is sure to be a contentious pick, but Richmond International Raceway gets my vote because of it’s combination of great fan experience and exciting, edge-of-your-seat racing. Making its home in Richmond, Virginia, its tailgate area is often hailed as the best in sports and it has historically hosted the race leading up to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which makes it driver’s last chance to qualify for the Chase.