In a season which has been saturated with long green-flag runs, there are still certain races that conjure up thoughts of excitement, where drivers must race hard and trading paint becomes mandatory.
We head into the summer stretch when not only the weather gets hot, but so do the drivers, as the chances to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup become fewer.
Drivers race from the right coast to the left coast which puts stress on teams with car preparation and logistics involved in getting the cars to the tracks. It is especially critical for teams with limited equipment.
A pair of races leading to the Chase have drivers turning right and left on the road courses which can be real game-changers.
Some tracks just standout from the others that remain on the schedule.
There will be great racing at tracks like the newly repaved, super-fast Michigan International Speedway, but the drama factor may be more at play on the tracks highlighted in this slideshow.