Over the course of a Sprint Cup Series season races are held on 23 different tracks. While it takes a certain amount of skill to win at any of them, there are certain tracks that will separate the championship contenders from the rest of the field.
While Daytona and Talladega offer some exciting and heart-stopping moments, the rules package that NASCAR brings to those tracks has made them more about luck than skill. Every driver has a realistic chance of scoring a win.
And while Charlotte is considered the home track of NASCAR, there are plenty of other mile-and-a-half race tracks that offer a better opportunity to gauge where a driver ranks among his peers.
In the slides ahead, I will take a look at five tracks the Sprint Cup Series races on that can go a long way towards telling us which drivers are championship contenders and which ones are not.