Favorite Five: Tracks on the Cup Schedule

Each track on the NASCAR circuit is special. They all have a uniqueness to them that separates them from the rest of the pack. Some tracks produce more exciting racing then others, but all of them are special in their own way. Which track is the best? Well, NASCAR fans would give you a million answers to that question, but I give my answer to that question in this week’s Favorite Five.

5- Charlotte Motor Speedway

This track can always produce excitement. It may be a mile and a half track, but it is arguably the most entertaining one on the schedule. With the All-Star Race, Coca Cola 600, and the Chase race, it has lots of racing each year that can produce some of the best on the circuit.


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Besides the racing aspect, the speedway is in the center of the NASCAR world being just outside of Charlotte, NC. That makes the track draw in lots of fans for not only the races, but for everything racing related that surrounds the area.

4- Watkins Glen International

Sure, this may be a little biased on my part since it’s a track I attend a lot for the Cup races, but it can produce some magic every August. In the last two seasons, we’ve seen wild green-white-checkered finishes that put the race amongst some of the best from the season. Road racing is always feisty and rough, but Watkins Glen has redefined road racing with the action that takes place on the famed course each year.

With the racing action on the track, some have even called The Glen the new short track. We’ve seen tempers flaring and bent up sheet-metal during numerous races. Those are two aspects short tracks usually have and now, they can describe some of the road rage inspired twisting and turning at Watkins Glen.

3-Daytona International Speedway

Three-wide, tight corridor, and fast-paced racing make up one of the most famous tracks in NASCAR. Wild racing where anything can happen at any moment leaves fans on the edge of their seats during each of their two events. There are few things more exciting than wide-open racing and Daytona has turned into a fan favorite for that very reason.

For starting off the season, the race at Daytona is always the most anticipated after coming off a long off-season. When the cars hit the track in February, they’re primed and ready to compete at the world center of racing. Drivers are always on their game at the track which always makes for incredible racing.

2- Talladega Superspeedway

This track needs no explanation. You see why every May and October when the drivers roll in for an unpredictable, wild, and just plain crazy of a race. It’s hard to take your eye off of the action on each lap since like Daytona; anything could happen at any moment.

Along with the racing being the way that it is, the opportunity for a smaller team to take the win makes it a track of magical moments. When David Ragan won in May with his teammate David Gilliland behind him, it was a great story. For a small team like Front Row to win in that fashion had everyone in awe. Talladega has the ability to make dreams come true, making it one of the best tracks on the schedule.

1-Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol is the short track of all short tracks. The roughness of the racing makes it a fan favorite each year. It takes endurance to win the race and outlasting every other driver for 500 miles is only a thing that a true racer can accomplish.

Year after year, fans pack the world’s fastest half mile to see the action that ensues during two of the most popular events of the season. The secret to winning is to rough some drivers up to get to the front and very few drivers can win without having a mark on their car. It’s the track of all tracks and fans love it for one aspect; action.

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