There are certain race tracks that Sprint Cup drivers just seem to more eagerly anticipate going to than others.
Typically, it's the layout of the track that gets drivers almost giddy, knowing they're going someplace where they can let it all hang out and have fun—rather than having to worry about things like precision and drafting at places like Daytona or Darlington.
Given that I've covered NASCAR for well over a decade and have visited all tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule numerous times, I have come to know what are the most fun tracks for drivers—and the results that follow bear that out.
Interestingly, four of the seven tracks I list are short tracks between a half-mile and one-mile in length. One reason why those places are so popular is they oftentimes bring a driver back to the early days of his racing career, where short tracks were the norm and places longer than a mile were the rare exception.
I really wanted to add one track to this list, but I didn't because A) it's not on the Sprint Cup schedule and B) it has yet to have a sanctioned NASCAR race run upon it.
I'm talking about Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway, which plays host to the first Camping World Truck Series race on dirt on July 24. Having been to the track several times for Stewart's Prelude to the Dream charity event, drivers from all levels of NASCAR (and other motorsports sanctioning bodies, as well) are clamoring to be part of that inaugural race.
And the No. 1 reason? Because it's going to be so much fun. I have yet to talk with any racer—be it from NASCAR, NHRA, World of Outlaws and others—who hasn't had a ball at Eldora. They haven't had to worry about points, standings, schedules or anything else and are just racing for the sheer fun of it.
Who knows, maybe some day we'll see a Cup race at Eldora, but for now, let's look at the top seven other tracks that are the most fun in NASCAR's premier series (not ranked in any particular order).