When I watch a NASCAR race on TV, I think about how talented the drivers really are. But then you wonder how did they get this good?
The answer is the local short tracks you can find across North America that hosts Late Models and weekly races. The roots of NASCAR.
But what I want to know is which short track is your favorite? Leave a comment and tell me which one it is and why did you choose that one.
My favorite is definitely Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. A high speed, high banked roller coaster packed with excitement. 14 degrees of banking make this track very quick which reminds you of Bristol.
This track hosts the always exciting CARQUEST Maritime Pro Stock Tour three times a year. This tour hosts the IWK 250 at Riverside(like the Daytona 500 of Atlantic Canada).
Last year's race saw former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven and NASCAR rookie Regan Smith. Smith loved it so much he's returning in 2008 on July 19 after finishing third in 2007.
Then the big boys come to town, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series come for the Atlantic Dodge Dealers 300. This series has former Champ car drivers Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani.
There's also DJ Kenington who you might have noticed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. This race is also a very big race for the championship as it is the second to last race of the season.
Riverside was built after the Bristol Motor Speedway in 1968 by John Chisholm. The track had great races including the NASCAR Grand National Series (known today as the Nationwide Series).
But then in the 90's, the track got old and there were not the best of races on the schedule.
But in 2006, John Chisholm re-bought the track. He completely demolished and then re-built it into one of Canada's premier race tracks. The first race at the new Riverside saw over 10,000 fans (including me).
So now I want to hear from you, which is your favorite short track?