NASCAR holds races at 30 different tracks in the U.S and Canada, including oval short tracks, winding road courses, and superspeedways longer than 2 miles.
NASCAR TRACK FAQs
Are all NASCAR tracks the same?
No, actually. All NASCAR tracks are different. They can differ in length, configuration, surface and banking – even tracks that are the exact same distance (say, 1.5 miles) have characteristics exclusive to that specific facility, making each stop unique to NASCAR. Daytona International Speedway (2.5 miles) and Talladega Superspeedway (2.66 miles) are the only two tracks NASCAR defines as “superspeedways.” Both are humungous ovals, and both have used restrictor plates in the past (and currently tapered spacers) to keep the speed of the car in check.Speedway or intermediate tracks make up the bulk of the NASCAR schedule. Those are defined by any track greater than one mile in length, with the exception of both Daytona and Talladega. Short tracks are less than 1 mile in length – count Martinsville Speedway (.526 miles), Bristol Motor Speedway (.533 miles) and Richmond Raceway (.75 miles) in that category for the Cup Series. Road course tracks are not typical ovals. In fact, they aren’t ovals at all. Road courses add right turns into the mix, with longer courses that often wind through the surrounding scenery. Circuit of The Americas, Road America, Watkins Glen and Sonoma are the road courses the Cup Series currently visits. The Charlotte Roval and Indianapolis Road Course are a combination road course/oval track.
How many tracks are in NASCAR?
The NASCAR Cup Series currently races on 26 different tracks, with the Charlotte Roval and Charlotte Motor Speedway oval officially counting as two separate tracks. Additionally, the NASCAR Xfinity Series races adds one track not on the Cup Series schedule, with the Camping World Trucks adding on an additional three. That makes 30 total tracks for the three national series.
What is the biggest NASCAR track?
The biggest NASCAR oval is Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. It measures at 2.66 miles. For all NASCAR tracks, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is the longest. The road course hosts the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series once per year and is 4.048 miles.