From the moment one hears “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines”, they know they have finally survived to race day. Across the nation race fans gather and cheer and boo as the drivers take the cars from position to position and around the turns like no other truly can. My top five tracks are no different in sound but in sight, nothing else comes close.
Charlotte Motor Speedway- One point five miles of non-stop action, burning rubber and fuel filled air, this track meets and exceeds all others with the view. “On June 19, 1960, the first World 600 was run at…” on this track. It has continued to make history since then. It was in 1984 that year around living came to the track in the form of high rise living at turn one. Talk about never missing a race and no need to even leave your house.
Atlanta Motor Speedway-Built in 1958, the track has maintained its reputation but certainly not its looks. This track has seen modern renovations through the years and features a mile and a half track. With what many would consider shabby beginnings, the track now contends with luxury offering at every turn and grandstand.
Watkins Glen International-first established in 1948, it became a Nascar success in 1986. The wave of the checkered flag saw a new era of changes as “The Bud at The Glen grew to become New York State’s largest motorsports event and saw some of NASCAR’s finest take the checkered flag..” With three point four miles of racing asphalt, drivers can loop in and out of trouble with the ease of peanut butter and jelly. The fans are never left without a sight that many would consider mania.
Kentucky Speedway-located in Sparta, this one point five mile track brings Nascar fans to their knees with its nail biting turns and race to the finish action. This track sports a hundred and seven thousand fan seating with over thirty thousand parking spaces. Built for mobs, this track delivers to fans what they have always asked for, a facility with fast turns, non-stop action and plenty of room.
Homestead-Miami Speedway- What else can you say about a track that rose up out of the devastation of a hurricane. “Aug. 24, 1993: Groundbreaking takes place for the new 434-acre facility that will be known as Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS).” Its first race in 1995 took place in front of a sold out crowd who were waiting for the green flag, seething through yellow flags and cheering for the neck a neck checkered flag. Some fans may have walked away weary but it wasn’t from the action packed and location based racing. Someone had to win and everyone else had to lose.
East coast, West coast or Mid-West tracks all deliver action packed racing and winners but those that are close to home afford the most visits.