Best NASCAR Track (2021)


For many racing enthusiasts, attending a NASCAR race is a bucket list event. The NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series are hosted on 30 tracks scattered across the country. We asked our readers to help us determine the best ones.

  • Road America

    Road America
    Plymouth, WI

    Road America is a motorsport road course located between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Wisconsin. On July 4, 2021, the NASCAR Cup Series will return to the track for the first time in 63 years to race the Jockey Made in America 250 presented by Kwik Trip. A NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the Henry 180, will be a supporting event for this race, run on July 3.
    Photo courtesy of Road America

  • Watkins Glen International

    Watkins Glen International
    Watkins Glen, N.Y.

    At one time the home of the F1 US Grand Prix, today Watkins Glen’s biggest race is its annual NASCAR date that sees its two top tier series competing on a doubleheader weekend. The fast lefts and rights of this upstate New York have seen more than a few daring last-lap moves and the “bus stop” on the backstretch is a legendary spot for intrepid drivers to make up time.
    Photo courtesy of Sean Gardner/Getty Images

  • Sonoma Raceway

    Sonoma Raceway
    Sonoma, Calif.

    This tough and technical road course is hard enough to traverse for IndyCars, but throw in forty-three ton-and-a-half stock cars and this event because as chaotic as it is riveting.
    Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR Sonoma Raceway

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    Loudon, N.H.

    Located on approximately 1,200 acres in Loudon, the multi-use complex is the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England, featuring a 1.058-mile oval nicknamed “The Magic Mile.” New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts the only NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series events held in New England.
    Photo courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

  • Bristol Motor Speedway

    Bristol Motor Speedway
    Bristol, Tenn.

    Arguably the track that invented the concept of bullring style short track racing, Bristol is all about beating and banging to get the upper hand over the field. The formula here is as simple as it is effective. Throw out all the aero R&D, fuel mileage predictions and careful strategy because this track is all about having the muscle and willpower necessary to make the guy in front of you move out of the way.
    Photo courtesy of Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway

    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Charlotte, N.C.

    NASCAR has two homes. One lies on the beach at Daytona, but the other is far inland in the Charlotte area where most NASCAR teams are headquartered. The one-and-a-half mile and very narrow Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts just as many event weekends as Daytona including the longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600, and the biggest payday of the year, the All-Star Race. And, to top it all off, the final event CMS holds is in the middle of the Chase.
    Photo courtesy of Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

  • Martinsville Speedway

    Martinsville Speedway
    Ridgeway, Va.

    NASCAR’s oldest track has hosted races since the late 1940s, and while the racing surfaces have changed from dirt to asphalt to a hybrid patchwork, the paperclip-shaped short track, tucked away in southern Virginia, has never failed to be a high point in the NASCAR season. It is also one of the most important and harrowing races in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs: The Chase.
    Photo courtesy of Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    Whether or not it’s race day, there’s always something going on at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Car enthusiasts can hop behind the wheel of an exotic or race car for a spin around the track, or ride along at triple-digit speeds with the NASCAR/Andretti Racing Experience.
    Photo courtesy of Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

  • Darlington Raceway

    Darlington Raceway
    Darlington, S.C.

    The track “Too Tough to Tame” is located deep in rural South Carolina and once a year NASCAR’s elite do battle on the egg-shaped oval’s narrow racing surface. The track evokes just as much admiration as it does hatred from the drivers, and, after a nasty brush with the outside walls, Kyle Petty once famously said of the track “They ought to fill this place up with water and turn it into a bass pond.” The fans, however, overruled Petty and the track has sold out several times since.
    Photo courtesy of Jared C. Tilton | Getty Images

  • Michigan International Speedway

    Michigan International Speedway
    Brooklyn, Mich.

    The wide and fast eighteen-degree banks of this two-mile track are situated in the Irish Hills of Michigan, just a quick drive from the headquarters of GM and Ford in Detroit and Dearborn respectively. Ford-backed teams have historically dominated the track, but in recent years GM and Toyota have edged their way into Ford’s territory and the race is as competitive as ever.
    Photo courtesy of Michigan International Speedway

 The ten best NASCAR tracks are as follows:

  1. Road America - Plymouth, WI
  2. Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  3. Sonoma Raceway - Sonoma, Calif.
  4. New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Loudon, N.H.
  5. Bristol Motor Speedway - Bristol, Tenn.
  6. Charlotte Motor Speedway - Charlotte, N.C.
  7. Martinsville Speedway - Ridgeway, Va.
  8. Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  9. Darlington Raceway - Darlington, S.C.
  10. Michigan International Speedway - Brooklyn, Mich.

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