Who doesn’t like fast cars, beer, and the sun? NASCAR has all of those, when the sun decides to show its face on these five wonderful raceways, you know you’re in for a wonderful time! From the adrenaline from the crashes to the last lap of your favorite driver about to cross the finish line. These are NASCARS best race tracks and must-see races.
Bristol Raceway is located in Bristol, Tennessee. It’s the shortest track on the circuit at 0.53 miles. This makes the track very competitive with a lot of collisions. Apart of the Sprint Cup Series of NASCAR the aggressive hot rod’s race 500 competitive laps to crown the winner of this four turn battle. The winner receives just over $5 million for the long, intense race.
Daytona is home of the famous Daytona 500, located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The track is much larger than Bristol at 2.5 miles consisting of 200 laps. The Daytona 500 is one of the most sought after race on the NASCAR circuit. This race is the super bowl of NASCAR, the winner receives the largest purse, just under 20 million dollars. This is a huge race, but I think it’s over hyped in most cases. The race is more follow the leader because of the straight away and tight turns it really doesn’t leave much room to pass other drivers.
3. Sonoma Race Way
Sonoma Race Way is a track filled with twists and turns located in the Sonoma Mountains in California. It’s a 110 lap course consisting of 2.52 miles of rugged terrain. The course has 11 turns on an elevated surface. This track out does the basic circle or square race track set up. The turns make this track a very hard course even for the best of drivers. The purse for winning the Toyota/Save Mart 350 is just over 5 million dollars.
2. Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International is located near Watkins Glen, New York near Seneca Lake. The track holds 41,000 people ready to watch their favorite driver. The track consists of 11 turns with a length of 3.40 miles. This track is action packed filled with tight turns which means more wrecks. Watkins Glen is one of the shorter lapped races at just 90 laps, but it’s very long in time. Most cars can’t get up to top speeds due to the amount of turns and lack of straightaways. This is why Watkins Glen International is at number two list for top five NASCAR tracks.
1. Brickyard 400
The Brickyard 400 is located in Indianapolis. It’s 160 gruesome laps going 400 miles. The purse is just over 8 million dollars which makes it the second largest NASCAR purse. The history really runs deep at the Brickyard. It’s truly the deepest in racing history. The Brickyard got its name the course was paved with nearly 3.2 million bricks for the INDY in 1911. Since then each year the bricks are covered with asphalt now leaving just one strip of brick that can be seen at the start and finish line.