NASCAR race cars barrel down race tracks with speeds nearing 200 mph or more. To a spectator in the stands, there is nothing more exciting than hearing the roar of the engines and feeling the thunder as a race car speeds by. Listed below are my top 5 NASCAR tracks that offer the most exciting races that will leave any fan sitting in the stands full of heart pounding adrenaline.
1. Talladega Superspeedway: The fastest NASCAR track to date
Located in Alabama, Talladega holds the record for the fastest recorded time by a NASCAR race car with the speed of 216.309 mph set by Rusty Wallace in 2004. The track is 2.66 in miles making it the longest NASCAR race track. The cars fly by at high speeds allowing fans to feel the vibrations and rumbles in their seats. Crashes are also common on this track, and the track is said to be cursed by ancient Indians who held horse races on the land.
2. Bristol Motor Speedway: Short and Loud
At first look you may think Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee is too short of a track to offer any type of excitement. The track is only 0.533 miles around, but is one of the most popular NASCAR race tracks for several reasons. The track offers extremely high banking which allows the race cars to slingshot around them at high speeds. The track is also the loudest of all of the 28 race tracks. Spectators can really hear the roar and rumble of the engines from the stadium style seating.
3. Daytona International Speedway: The Most Famous of All
Daytona International Speedway is located in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida. The track is home to the most popular of all NASCAR races, the Daytona 500. Race cars whiz around the 2.5 mile track at speeds nearing or topping 200 mph. The track offers a zone where spectators are able to walk on top of the garages and view track and garage activity.
4. Atlanta Motor Speedway: Really Fast Racing
Atlanta Motor Speedway offers a 1.54 mile track with speeds that have been clocked at 193 mph. One of NASCAR’s fastest races, the AdvoCare 500, is held on Labor Day Weekend every year.
5. Pocono Raceway: The Tricky Triangle
Located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, the tri-oval track with steep banks and a fast straightaway really gives drivers a workout. So much so that they nicknamed the track the “tricky triangle.