NASCAR is the most popular form of auto racing in the United States. One of the most exciting things about watching NASCAR on a regular basis is seeing the drivers compete on completely different tracks. Every track has its own unique character that requires a different skillset in order to succeed. The short tracks require patience and precise handling while the long tracks are all about speed. These are the four largest race tracks currently used in NASCAR.
Pocono Raceway is located in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, and it regularly hosts two NASCAR races every year. This 2.5-mile track is one of the most unique tracks on the NASCAR schedule due to its triangular shape. While cars can reach speeds over 200 mph, they also have to be ready to handle three very sharp turns. This forces the teams to decide if they want to sacrifice some speed in order to master the tricky turns.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
While Indianapolis Motor Speedway is best known for hosting the Indianapolis 500 every year, it is also a major part of the NASCAR schedule. Every race car driver dreams of crossing the finish line in Indianapolis as the winner. Just like Pocono, the cars will have to travel 2.5 miles to finish a single lap at this iconic track. The long straightaways allow the cars to pick up a lot of speed before they have to handle the four flat nine-degree turns.
Daytona International Speedway
This is the most important track on the NASCAR schedule since it is home to the historic Daytona 500 race. Just like the previous two tracks on the list, Daytona International Speedway is a 2.5-mile racetrack. The long straightaways and steep turns make it possible for the cars to go around the entire track without braking. Due to the lack of braking, speeds above 210 mph are reached in Daytona.
Talladega Superspeedway certainly lives up to its name. At 2.66 miles, this is the largest track on the NASCAR schedule. It is also the fastest track. The track record for speed at Talladega is just over 216 mph. If the teams were not forced to limit their horsepower, the speeds would be much greater.