Experiencing the Daytona 500 as a teenager opened my eyes to an exciting sport with massive race tracks and insane crowds. Walking through the sea of people, I was flabbergasted by the absolute hordes of race fans that come out to support their favorite driver. Most of these race fans have their favorite type of track, whether it’s a superspeedway, road course, or short track. Follow along as I take a look at my personal choices for the top five NASCAR race tracks on the circuit.
Daytona International Speedway
The track that begins the NASCAR season, the Daytona 500 is held at Daytona International Speedway to begin each season and it’s by far the most anticipated race of the year. A superspeedway, Daytona International is a 2.5 mile tri-oval that boasts stadium capacity of 168,000. Dale Earnhardt Sr., one of the greatest drivers ever to race in NASCAR suffered a fatal crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway back in 2001.
Talladega is by far one of the most popular tracks on the circuit and is a close second to Daytona International for me personally. Talladega, a 2.66 mile paved super speedway, boasts a huge stadium capacity of 175,000 and is known by many as simply Dega. Speeds at Talladega reach well over 200 mph and is the fastest race track on the NASCAR circuit.
Watkins Glen International
Our first road course on the list, Watkins Glen International is a 2.45 mile track that provides some of the best road course action on the circuit. Watkins Glen, seats 41,000 fans and was built in back in 1957. Notable drivers that do well on this road track are Marcos Ambrose and Boris Said, two popular road course specialists.
Bristol Motor Speedway
Short track racing at its finest, Bristol Motor Speedway is a .53 mile concrete oval short track with a stadium crowd capacity of 160,000 race fans. A driver favorite, Bristol is always an adrenaline fueled exciting race full of intense racing and spectacular multi-car crashes. 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of Bristol Motor Speedway.
Dover International Speedway
Dover International Speedway, nicknamed the “Monster Mile”, is an exciting 1-mile short track with slight banking and long corners which allow for impressive speeds. According to Dover International, it is the fastest 1 mile track in the World. For these reasons, the racing is intense, action packed, and the finish is always a thrill.
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