I like a good, close race as much as the next guy. But I openly admit, nothing makes a NACAR race more exciting than a crash. Given, I have no wish for any of the drivers to be injured, but seeing two or more cars smash into each other just fulfills a deep primal desire we all have in us. Here are the five tracks most likely to see crashes:
5. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Home of the Indy 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway starts us off at number five for most crashes. Featuring a long straight followed by sharp turns, the slightest miscalculation in the vehicles set-up can lead to a potential crash by sliding into the outer wall, or worse, a flip.
The corners leave no room for error, and for that reason the track really separates the professionals from the armatures. Taking the right line on the track is essential, and being off by even a foot or two can lead to a costly collision.
4. Michigan International Speedway
With long straights, multiple grooves for the drivers, and comparatively easy curves, it’s a wonder why Michigan International Speedy has had such a history of crashes. Crashes at this track have cost the standing of racers, and even taken a life. Perhaps they see the simple nature of the track and let their guard down, but whatever the reason, it’s our number four for most likely to see a crash.
3. Charlotte Motor Speedway
Boasting as the longest high-speed track in the series, Charlotte Motor Speedway has claimed multiple lives, and sent several drivers to the hospital. In one notable example, Davey Allisonran a good race and lead the pack in his 1992 race at this track. After crossing the finish line, he apparently celebrated too early and crashed, sending him to the hospital. This track is a good one for crashes, but it has a history of taking casualties.
2. Talladega Superspeedway
Being the largest track in NASCAR is illustrious, but it also seems to lead to crashes. In 2012, Tony Stewart caused a 25 car pile-up on the superspeedway sending him flying over other crashing and burning cars down on the track. In the fandom, Talladega has become a track where crashes are simply expected during a race, and the hope is simply that no one gets hurt, or worse, dies.
1. Daytona International Speedway
Arguably the most famous track, known to race fans and non-fans alike, Daytona has taken it’s fair share of cars, and people. The problem seems to rest in the fact that it has long straights which allow drivers to pick up high speed, followed by sharp steeply banked curves. Notably it claimed the life of Dale Earnhardt in 2001, a loss that the racing industry is mourning to this day.