I know I might ruffle some feathers, but here is a list of the top 10 tracks NASCAR drives at as of 2009. Whether or not the actual race intrests you these tracks are technically the best of the best. From week to week drivers show up to challenge these great circuits and alot of the time the difference between winning and loseing is the mastery of the track itself. From Daytona to Homestead there is no telling who might show up and tame the track that given week. So whether its a race in the heat of the day or the cool of the night these 10 tracks are sure to send someone home if their not careful. Hope you enjoy and let me know if you think I left one or two off.
Known as the smallest track NASCAR races at this little devil never dissapoints on TV and definitly not in person. One wrong move here and you not only might end up in the wall but could just as easily take out 10 - 15 others as well. This is why Bristol is the #1 racetrack on the NASCAR schedule.
While most people cant understand why NASCAR races at the dreaded road courses this may be on of the best tracks out there. With its right and left turns plus the elevation changes this makes Infinieon a challenge at every level. No wonder so many drivers struggle here and some teams even bring in "ringers" for this event. If you lose time here you lose lots of time and if you get off track you can pretty much call it a day and head to the garage. Only the best of the best drivers will consistantly drive good here.
With long straights and tight corners this track is a constant struggle. Some drivers call it the big paperclip and for good reason. Each team must master both ends of the spectrum of driving. Heavy brakeing into the corner and the ability to get to top speed as quickly as possible. If a driver cant be fast both through the middle of the corner and comeing down the straights they can pretty much call it a day. All this plus the fact that you basically run side by side with someone the whole race makes this a difficult track to tame much less win at.
Besides the road courses this is one of the strangest tracks on the schedule. With its tri-point shape and notorious tunnel turn this track can mean hardship for a many of driver. While you reach top speed by the end of the three straights the corners are what give you the most trouble. These sweeping lefts often befuddle drivers as they try to get the speed and turning radius down to a science. Many a driver have over shot the corner and ended their day early due to a mental slip at this track.
One of the few super speedways on the schedule this track is a challenge in every since of the word. Not only is it a fast wide open track, there are mutiple driveing lanes. While many drivers strugle with the adjustments during the race to stay fast, it seems at every turn the "big one" is only a moment away. While most the racing is done in two lines it can get dicey and drivers will go 3, 4, and sometimes 5 wide to make a move. With all the room on the straights and the wide open spaces in the corners this track is one of a kind.
This may be the most reconized track NASCAR races at. Not only does it kick off the season, Daytona has been an icon since its days of racing on the beach. This track has produced some of the most fantastic finishes of all the tracks on the schedule. While drivers try to tame this track lap by lap they arent only fighting each other but the elements as well. With the addition of night lights this track has made for many of headaches as the sun goes down and the cars tighten up. If you dont have a handle on your setup, as the sun fades away so can your hopes of winning at this track.
This is a very interesting raceway indeed. Just as you reach the top speed you must slow down enough to get through the turn and not end up in the wall. This track offers side by side racing while not craming it in to a short track. Without much banking it allows the car to slide out a good bit coming out of the turns and by the end of the race most cars have flattened their right side door panels.
This is a great race track. Its challenge lies in the fact that every turn is different. While set in the desserts dry heat, which gives engine tuners headaches, this track offers some great racing. Its pretty much a flat track and with four different turns its difficult to adjust the car for one end and not hurt yourself at the other. Miss the setup here and your in for a long night.
This track is a wonderful place to race. One of the longest tracks on the schedule Atlanta can become a challenge for not only the driver but the engine department as well. This track holds the speed record for NASCAR drivers. With its long straights you can get over 200 mph before you get to the corner. Once through the corner its back on the gas and back to top speed. Many teams end thier race earley due to engine or transmission failure. At such top speed this track is hard to beat with the best equipment.
One of two road courses NASCAR races at. This is the smaller one of the two. With its technical turns and backwards direction of travel Watkins Glen is a great place to race. While not as challenging as the other road course this track has everything. A long straight, tight turns, and sweeping turns all make for great action. Drivers have to time their passes or they will end up in the sand traps. Technically a challengeing track from beginning to end.