How Big Is Bedford Speedway? [Facts!]

The Biggest NASCAR event of the year is almost here! The 2019 season is drawing to an end, and the final race of the year took place this past Sunday. The biggest race of the season is called the Great Lakes Bayonette. It is a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and it is held annually at the end of the season at the one and only Bedford Speedway in Pennsylvania. The previous year’s race was postponed due to weather conditions, so this year’s race was the first time that the event was held since its inception in 2010.

The question is, how big is Bedford Speedway? It is a bit difficult to provide an exact answer to this question, as there are a few things that you need to consider. Firstly, the track is not a precise rectangle. It is an oval, which makes it a bit longer and wider than it is high. Secondly, the track is in a constant state of change. As the season progresses, the track will gradually evolve, due to the weather conditions and the mechanical grip of the tires on the tarmac. Thirdly, the track is on an incline. The backside of the track is higher than the front, which means that the cars are constantly gaining speed as they head down the backstretch.

Despite these challenges, the track organizers do their best to provide accurate measurements of the track. Below we will go over a few of these measurements and provide an approximate size comparison to several famous NASCAR tracks.

The Track Length:

The track length is typically the first thing that draws comparisons to other tracks. After all, the longer the track, the more turns per lap, right? The track length at Bedford is 4.9 miles. This is slightly longer than New Hampshire’s 4.7-mile track, and it is also slightly longer than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is famous for its 5.7-mile oval. Keep in mind that this number can vary from year to year, as the track is constantly changing due to the weather conditions and the tires’ grip on the tarmac. This year’s race was a thriller, as the previous year’s event was canceled due to weather conditions. If you want to see how long the track really is, check out the video below.


The width of the track is another measurement that gets the wheels turning. Just like with the length, the wider the track, the more turns per lap, right? The track width at Bedford is relatively narrow; only 12 feet. This is only 2.2 feet wider than the isle position at New Hampshire and 3.5 feet narrower than the Indy position. If you look at the video below, you can get a good look at how narrow the track really is.


The height of the track is the last measurement that gets the gears turning. The higher the track, the more turns per lap, right? Well, not exactly. The higher the track, the more aggressive the racing becomes, which can lead to more crashes. After all, more turns = more opportunities for accidents. For this reason, tracks are usually kept as low as possible. The height of the track at Bedford is only 8 feet, which is only 2.5 feet higher than the isle and 3.5 feet lower than the Indy position.

Asymmetrical Banking:

NASCAR is an American-based series, and it was first organized in 1947. That makes it one of the older sports leagues around. The banking system was designed to make the racing more interesting and to allow the cars to slide around the turns. It is a form of track banking, which provides more braking and acceleration opportunities. Because of this, the racing on the backstretch is usually a lot more dynamic and interesting than the racing on the straightaways. You can see an example of this below. The video gives you an idea of what banking is, and it also shows you how wide the track really is along the backstretch. Keep in mind that in some parts of the world, this type of banking is legal and it is required by law. However, in most places, it is against the law to bank a drag strip. This is mostly because it upsets the balance between speed and safety. When tracks are legally sanctioned to have banking, it usually means that they have been around for a while and they have had some serious accidents. In most places, tracks are kept flat, or close to it, to keep the risk of accidents minimal.

Surface Tension:

The last thing that you need when you are designing a drag strip is something called surface tension. This is the property of a liquid to resist horizontal movement. For example, water has surface tension. This means that water will not easily spread across the whole surface of a container. Even when you pour it out, it will retain its original shape. This is important, because surface tension prevents the water from forming waves or ripples while it is spilling over the container. This can make a big difference in your ability to accurately gauge the speed of the car. Wave shapes and ripples on the surface of a pool can be used to determine the speed of a boat or a car. The lack of waves or ripples on the surface of a container indicates that the liquid is moving quickly and the possibility of measuring its speed with precision is higher. The surface tension at Bedford is quite high and this is due to the limestone that is used for the tarmac. This probably helps keep the track at a consistent level and prevents it from being uneven due to rain or snowfall.

The above measurements should give you a good idea of how big Bedford Speedway really is. It is a one-of-a-kind track and it is definitely worth the trip to see it. Be sure to check out the video below, which provides an excellent overview of the track and its layout.

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