How Long Is A Speedway Race? [Expert Guide!]

Have you ever been to a race track and wondered whether a 100-metre race or a 1000-metre race would be the best choice?

You might find that the longer the race, the more exciting it is – but that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for every situation.

The Chase For The Cup

This year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is called the ‘Chase For The Cup’ and features 24 drivers battling it out for the coveted trophy. The race is scheduled for Sunday July 8 and will be broadcast live on NBC.

With just one race to go before the end of the season, three drivers – Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. – are neck-and-neck with 15 championship points apiece. The defending champion is Kyle Busch, who has won seven of the 12 races so far. The 24-year-old Oklahoma City native currently leads the drivers’ standings with 165 points, while Harvick is placed in second with 159 points. Kyle’s younger brother and Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Martin Truex Jr., is in third place with 157 points followed by Joey Logano in fourth with 154 points and Kurt Busch in fifth with 143 points.

The Andretti Autosport Challenge

The Andretti Autosport Challenge was first introduced in 2016 and is named after legendary driver Mario Andretti. The 24-race series is open to current Formula One drivers and is held at various venues around the world, including the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The series has been won by multiple-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, with the Brit winning eight of the 24 races so far. This year has been particularly good for the reigning champion, with him winning six of the eight races including the last three. The 2017 champion is Max Verstappen, who is also competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 is the season opener of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and is held each year in February. The race draws attention not just because of its iconic starting spot (the first race in the season was held at the same place in 1911) but thanks to its massive crowd too. According to the Daytona International Speedway, the 500-mile event regularly sees over 140,000 spectators attend each year, making it one of the biggest sporting events in the state of Florida.

It usually runs for approximately four hours and is won by the driver leading the most laps. This year, the race is scheduled to be held on February 17.

The Brickyard At Indianapolis

The Brickyard at Indianapolis is one of the oldest continuous sports franchises in the U.S., with the first race held there in 1911. The event is named after the famous sports arena, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and is the last race of the season. For most drivers, it’s the last chance to go ‘all-in’ for the championship and it’s generally considered one of the hardest races of the year. Last year’s winner is Max Verstappen, who went on to win the next two races too. In fact, the only other drivers to win the race after Verstappen are Juan Pablo Montoya (2001), Jeff Gordon (2002), and Jimmie Johnson (2009, 2010, 2014).

The Indianapolis 500, Presented by Maximilian

The Indianapolis 500, presented by Maximilian is the biggest one-day sporting event in the U.S., with a current capacity of over 200,000. It’s named after the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is the world’s greatest automobile race. The event is considered one of the four ‘classic’ races in NASCAR along with the Daytona 500, the Coke Zero 400, and the Brickyard at Indianapolis. The famous ‘Indianapolis 500′ is held each year in May and is the oldest continuously run sports car race in the U.S. The current record race distance is a distance of 200 miles, set in 2017.

What Kinds Of Rides Are At The Track?

There are a variety of rides at the track depending on your preferences – from scenic walks to roller coasters. Some of the most popular places to sit are Turn 3, which features the Indy 500 logo; Turn 4, the ‘Chicane’, a long, sweeping curve; and Turn 7, the ‘Short Track’, which is named after its short length.

What follows is a list of popular rides and attractions at various tracks around the world. It is by no means an exhaustive list; you can click here to see a full list of all the rides at the Disneyland Park.

Magic Kingdom – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Dumbo The Flying Elephant

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is pretty much self-explanatory – it’s full of magic! The classic attractions in the Magic Kingdom are pretty much iconic. The “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” takes visitors on a journey through mining history and follows the struggles of the seven Dwarfs as they try to make their way to the Big Freeze Winter Festival at the end of their journey. Visiting this attraction will definitely bring back many fond memories for fans of the beloved Disney movie in which it appears. Dumbo The Flying Elephant is one of the four iconic animals that make up Walt Disney’s ‘Four Feathers’ World Animal Fund charity mascot. The ride gives visitors an up-close-and-personal experience with a giant elephant as it takes them on a spin around the track. It’s a must-see for anyone who’s been a fan of Disney movies for many years.

Alta – Matterhorn

Located in the Swiss Alps, the Matterhorn is the most popular tourist attraction in the area and probably the most recognizable mountain in the world. The mountain is a Swiss national symbol and a must-see for anyone who’s been to Switzerland or any other Alpine country. Unfortunately, it is entirely impossible to climb the mountain as it is classified as a ‘restricted area’ by the Swiss government. That’s probably a good thing though, as you don’t want to risk life and limb just to get a glimpse of the top of the mountain.

Eiffel Tower – Les Trianoples

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and was named after the French architect who designed it. It’s located in the city of Paris and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city, attracting around 40 million visitors per year. The top of the tower is at 95 metres and offers one of the best views in the city. It has been voted the third best view in the world (behind only the Acropolis in Greece and the Sydney Opera House in Australia).

Space Exploration – The Apollo Loxodon

The Apollo Loxodon is an “attraction” that is part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. It was designed by Richard Dean and is a fantastic interpretation of a saber-toothed tiger. There is an excellent backstory too – it was inspired by a painting of an extinct giant ape, ‘Loxodon’, created in 1975 by artist Gordon Hull. The sculpture was originally created for the movie ‘King Kong’ but was used as a prop in the movie. It wasn’t until 1997 that it was given its current location in the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It is now one of the most popular attractions there.

Pandora – Mykonos

Pandora is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the most popular tourist attraction in the Greek island of Mykonos. It’s named after the mythical princess who was gifted with all the world’s pearls. The most well-known part of the attraction is the bull’s head game, in which players try to knock off all the others’ balls using their horns. The game is named after the Greek philosopher and poet, Aeschylus, who is reputed to have written: “Only the strong possess reason; the weak possess instinct.”

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