The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Watkins Glen on Sunday for its second road-course race of the season. Last year, Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose battled in this event, which NASCAR named the top race of 2012.
Road racing is always exciting because it challenges the competitors, bringing driver skill to the forefront while pushing aside aerodynamics and engineering. It's because of this that NASCAR needs more road courses on its schedule.
The Sprint Cup schedule needs more diversity. A few weeks ago I wrote another article detailing why a dirt race made sense for NASCAR's top series (you can read it by clicking here). Many of the same arguments I made hold true for road racing. Road racing has tradition—NASCAR got its start on the beach road course at Daytona—and it also has loyal fans. Most of all, road racing is all about the drivers, and that is what fans pay to see.
But while Eldora Speedway may be the only dirt track that can handle a Sprint Cup event, there is no shortage of road racing venues for NASCAR to choose from.
Here are five tracks that would be a perfect fit for the Sprint Cup Series.