NASCAR Speedways

NASCAR Speedways

The racetracks that make up the NASCAR circuit are comprised of super speedways, short tracks, intermediate tracks and road courses. Superspeedways are racetracks that are longer than two miles in length. Short tracks are oval racetracks that are less than a mile in length. Intermediate tracks are oval tracks that are more than one mile in length but less than two miles in length. Road courses are racing circuits that require both right and left turns. Oval tracks are left turn only, which is the reasoning behind the title for this article.

Super speedways in the NASCAR Series include the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona 500 is held at the beginning of each new NASCAR season. The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California is another superspeedway. This speedway is home to the Pepsi 500 and the Nationwide Series Camping World 300 sponsored by The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a NASCAR superspeedway. It is home to the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard. The Michigan International Speedway is home to several NASCAR Series events. This superspeedway is home to the Truck Series Cool City Customs 200, Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400, the Nationwide Series Carfax 250, and the Sprint Cup Series 3M Performance 400. Another popular NASCAR superspeedway is the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The Pocono Raceway is home to the Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 500. The Talladega Superspeedway is home to the Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 and the Sprint Series Amp Energy 500.


The short tracks include the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee; the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware; O’Reilly Race Park in Indianapolis, Indiana; Mansfield Motorsports Park in Mansfield, Ohio; Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia; Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tennessee; The Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona; and Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia.

The intermediate tracks include the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia; Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois; Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina; Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida; Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas; Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky; Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada; Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois; Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, Tennessee; New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire; and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Road course tracks include the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico; the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada; the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California; and the Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.