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Best NASCAR Track (2020)

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Note from 10Best: Some events at these tracks have been canceled or postponed in 2020. Someday, we'll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventures. In the meantime, we'll keep supporting the places that inspire us.

  • 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 double header 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 back stretch is a legendary spot for intrepid drivers to make up time.
    Photo courtesy of Sean Gardner/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 will power necessary to make the guy in front of you move out of the way.
    Photo courtesy of Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

  • 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

  • Richmond Raceway

    Richmond Raceway
    Richmond, Va.

    Dubbed the perfect race track by multitudes of drivers and fans alike, Richmond Raceway’s 3/4 mile D-shaped configurations has the tight confines of a short track mixed with the multiple grooves and high speeds of a super speedway, and every race is held under the lights so fans can see the sparks fly and the brake rotors glow cherry red. Every show at Richmond is worth the price of admission.
    Photo courtesy of Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Las Vegas

    In racing it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good and Lady Luck has no better home than at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The high variable banks of the super speedway and relatively new pavement make race day a white knuckle event for all of its 400 miles and qualifying can be its own tension filled event with the turn four wall claiming many victims over the years.
    Photo courtesy of Jonathan Ferrey | 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

  • 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

  • Dover International Speedway

    Dover International Speedway
    Dover, Del.

    The Monster Mile, the world’s fastest one-mile oval, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Since 1969, Dover’s high-banked track (24 degrees in the turns, 9 degrees on straightaways) and top speeds have produced some of the most exciting races in NASCAR. Dover’s upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Oct. 6 is the 100th NASCAR Cup Series event in the track’s history.
    Photo courtesy of NASCAR

  • 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

  • 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

  • Watkins Glen International
  • Bristol Motor Speedway
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Richmond Raceway
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Martinsville Speedway
  • Darlington Raceway
  • Dover International Speedway
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Michigan International Speedway

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, and our readers chose these as the best.

The top 10 winners in the category Best NASCAR Track are as follows:

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

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning race tracks!

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