Roaring engines, beautiful cars – and people, BBQ, and drunken fun in the sun are some typical thoughts behind the fun of NASCAR. Some individuals love the drivers and some love the carnage. Whatever the reason, NASCAR is a great excuse to pack up the family, rent an RV, and head for a weekend of excitement with a group of friends.
Growing up in Alabama, NASCAR was bigger than life. Towns go into frenzy modes when races are in town. Even for cities 10, 20, and 50 miles away, the financial benefits are astounding. NASCAR fans love Walmart. Interested in seeing the wild side of humanity – visit one on race weekend.
If you have never seen 43 cars racing around the track at speeds of 200mph, these are the tracks you should visit.
#5 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Known as the ‘Brickyard,’ this speedway is the oldest track visited by the NASCAR circuit. This track is home to one of the most famous events – the Indy 500 – which is not a NASCAR event. The Brickyard or Allstate 400 is the NASCAR event ran on this course (Smith, 2009).
With over 250,000 seats and over 105 years of rich, racing history, mark this on your NASCAR event list.
#4 Darlington Raceway
‘The Lady in Black’ is the first paved, one-mile track used by NASCAR event coordinators. This track leaves no room for error because of its one-practical-lane design. Before Mother’s Day, kick back and enjoy the race at this historical raceway.
#3 Bristol Motor Speedway
Perfect seating to see all the action, 30-degree banks, and about 15-second lap times, make this a heart-pounding race track. With an all-concrete surface and a giant coliseum style stadium, this track is sure to get your heart pounding. You are pretty much guaranteed to be satisfied with this experience.
#2 Daytona International Speedway
Who has not heard of the Daytona 500? This is the main event of NASCAR – not #1 on my list because I’m partial to Alabama. This track hosts The Great American Race. From president’s landing in Air Force One to Richard Petty’s 200th career win and Dale Earnhardt Senior’s infamous passing, this track has housed many cherished memories among NASCAR racing fan families (Henson, 2013).
#1 Talladega Super Speedway
Besides being known around the world from the Will Ferrell movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, this track is the fastest, most southern experience in the NASCAR circuit. Before restrictor plates, Bill Elliott turned a lap at over 212mph, which is the fastest NASCAR speed – and will always be the fastest. Because of its speed, this is an awe-inspiring track when accidents occur.
Have you visited any of these tracks? Leave your comments below.
Henson, M. (May 20, 2013). 10 best places to watch a NASCAR race. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/05/19/10-best-places-to-watch-a-nascar-race/2216153/
Smith, C. (July 27, 2009). Top 10 Tracks in NASCAR. Retrieved from http://bleacherreport.com/articles/225451-top-ten-tracks-in-nascar