NASCAR races are known for fast cars, jaw-dropping wrecks, and stunningly close finishes. Most NASCAR race tracks offer something unique, and these are my five favorite racetracks.
1. Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee
Bristol night races are by far my favorite NASCAR event to watch. The race at Bristol is different from the other racetracks because of its super steep banks, all concrete surface, and being one of only a few night races in the series. While the race cars go slower on the Bristol short track than on the longer race tracks, Bristol’s high banks help the race cars go faster than on other short race tracks so the races can get pretty wild.
2. Daytona International Speedway, Florida
Daytona International Speedway is known for the Daytona 500 which is the first NASCAR race of the season and one of the biggest racing events of the year. Due to the notoriety of this event, it is one of the most sought after trophies of the year and the drivers will give it their all. In addition to a trophy, the winner of this race gets their car displayed at the Daytona 500 Experience museum for a year.
3. Talladega Super Speedway, Alabama
Talladega is an exciting raceway known for it’s photo finishes. One of the markers of a good race is not knowing who is going to win until the very last moment but at Talladega, in 2011, Jimmie Johnson beat Clint Boyer to the finish line by .002 of a second, making if the second closest race in NASCAR history.
4. Martinsville Speedway, Virginia
Like Bristol, Martinsville is a short track; however, Martinsville holds the title for the shortest NASCAR track. This short track has long straightaways and narrow turns which make for a difficult and eventful race.
5. Atlanta Motor Speedway, Georgia
This Labor Day weekend race is a 1.54 mile track that does not require restrictor plates so the race cars can go faster than at the Daytona International Speedway and the Talladega Superspeedway races. The lack of the restrictor plate requirements helps make this race worthy of the top 5 list.