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A typical NASCAR season consists of 36 separate races. These races are held every weekend starting in February and ending in November. The long season requires the drivers to stay poised and focused if they want a shot at winning a championship. While every NASCAR race uses the same scoring system, some events are just more special than others. Winning a historic race brings more joy, money, and media coverage than some of the lesser-known races. These are the three biggest NASCAR events held every year. 

Daytona 500
The Daytona 500 is easily the most prestigious race on the NASCAR schedule. Unlike other sports that have their biggest events at the end of the season, NASCAR kicks off their season with the Daytona 500. A win in Daytona Beach not only brings home the largest payday of the year, but it also sets up a driver to have a successful season. The Daytona 500 is so big that it draws millions of television viewers that typically do not watch stock car racing on a weekly basis. 

Coca-Cola 600
The Coca-Cola 600 quickly became a highlight of the NASCAR schedule shortly after it was first held in 1960. The event is held in North Carolina at the Charlotte Motor Speedway every Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend has always been dedicated to racing in the United States, so it only makes sense that the Coca-Cola 600 became a beloved race by fans. The drivers are forced to complete a grueling 600 miles in order to walk away with the win. This makes it the longest race on the NASCAR schedule. 

Brickyard 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the most famous racetrack in the United States. While this track was previously only used for the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR started racing there in 1994. It may not have the history of some of the other races on the schedule, but there is just something special about crossing the bricks at the finish line as the winner. The Brickyard 400 also has the added bonus of being the last race on the schedule before the start of the NASCAR playoffs. A good showing in Indianapolis is required if a driver wants to contend for the championship.