When people think of NASCAR, usually the first thing that comes to mind is cars racing around very fast in tight, crowded quarters. But that’s just one part of the equation. There’s also big rigs, stock cars, and cautions. All of these things influence how exciting a race can be. And to make matters more interesting, there are a number of tracks that have unique characteristics which contribute to making each race unique. Take a look!
The Home Of The Biggest Racing Crowds
While there are many other locations which host NASCAR races, it is widely acknowledged that none match the talent of the states which make up the Southeastern United States. From the legendary Daytona International Speedway in Florida to the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, this is the place where you’re most likely to see fans and participants pour into the arena. When it comes to grandstands and tickets, it’s hard to ignore the big crowds that flock here each year. And with good reason. Not only do the facilities offer fantastic views of the action, but the hospitality here is second to none.
Taking a look at this year’s schedule, the largest single-day racing audience is likely to be on hand at the Daytona International Speedway on February 24th. That’s when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be holding its Great American Race. It’s also the date for the first of two consecutive nights of racing at Daytona, so there’ll be something to keep an eye out for.
Most Famous Racetrack
Often considered the Mecca of stock car racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana holds the record for the largest single-day crowd in the history of the sport. On May 3rd, 2017, approximately 190,000 people showed up to witness the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. This was a new all-time record for the track, which is located about an hour away from our own state capitol building. It broke its previous record of 179,000, set back in 1959.
Another fascinating feat was accomplished at the Daytona International Speedway, where an incredible 352,000 people attended a single NASCAR race. In case you’re wondering, that’s nearly ten times the population of the state of Florida.
The point is, the facilities and the atmosphere here just make for an exciting day out. Whether you’re a NASCAR fan or not, it’s hard to ignore the draw this place has on spectators and participants alike.
Most Dangerous Racetrack
You have to give it to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. On April 4th, 2017, the Bristol Motor Speedway SuperCourse made history by hosting the most consecutive NASCAR crashes in the history of the sport. According to ESPN, there were seven car accidents and three motorcycle accidents over the course of the evening’s racing. One of the drivers was even ejected from his vehicle! What was originally supposed to be an evening of fun and entertainment turned into a harrowing series of chaotic events.
As you might imagine, there were more than a few broken bones, plenty of scrapes, and some cuts and bruises caused by all of this reckless driving. But everyone involved seemed to have plenty of fun, which is more than you can say for some other tracks. It’s fairly common for this sort of thing to happen at other tracks as well, but you just don’t see the same excitement here in Tennessee.
Most Historic Racecourse
If you’re a fan of history, especially of the sport you love so much, you’ll definitely want to make sure you pay attention to the dates for the various races at the William Towns Bicycle Speedway. This is a historic track located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. It was once the home of the legendary Bill Towns, who won the first World Championship as a driver back in 1909. He went on to become one of NASCAR’s first superstar drivers and held several race records at the track, including having the most wins in a season with 12 in 1922 and most consecutive wins with 14 from 1921 to 1924. The track still holds several of his original race cars and is in the process of restoring them for future racing events.
While the nostalgia alone might be enough for you to consider this venue, the truth is that the racing here is phenomenal. Not only do the cars handle incredibly well for being over a hundred years old, but the sense of community created by the racers is second to none. The entire state of North Carolina seems to have a part in the enthusiasm surrounding the annual event, which draws thousands of spectators to the area each year.
This is the sort of place where you might find yourself rooting for the local high school football team just as much as you are the NASCAR racers. It’s not unusual for people to have pre-race meals and post-race snacks here because so many come back to celebrate the winning season. And who knows – maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of Bill Towns himself!
Most Modernized Racerock
After taking a hard look at the above information, you might be tempted to head to one of the above-mentioned tracks, load up on some grub, and get your tickets for the closest thing to a live NASCAR race in the digital age. But if you’re after all of that, you might want to consider the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Midway, Ohio. This is an all-time favorite among NASCAR fans, holding the record for the largest crowds in the history of the sport. And it isn’t hard to see why. Not only does the track offer plenty of excitement with its fast, flowing curves and frequent cautions, but it also has one of the most beautiful venues in all of sports. The bleachers alone are worth the trip. And on the plus side, the track has invested heavily in modernizing the look of the place and sprucing up the experience for drivers and fans alike.
Along with being a major hub for NASCAR, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the annual IndyCar Grand Prix, which is essentially a showcase for the newest models of high-performance cars. With some of the biggest brands in the business and top-notch talent behind the wheel, you’d be a fool to miss out on this event which often acts as a precursor to the more prestigious NASCAR season. The excitement here is palpable, and it seems that everyone from drivers to fans have something exciting to look forward to each year. With a combined total of over 500,000 people coming together for this event, it’s clear that Indy is a place of tremendous significance to the worldwide auto racing community.