Auto Racing The Toughest NASCAR Tracks  

Blake Edwards
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The toughest NASCAR tracks challenge even the best NASCAR drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Based on their age, design and condition, each NASCAR track provides different struggles to the drivers and the cars but the toughest NASCAR tracks provide the biggest test to both.

NASCAR tracks come in four major types: short, intermediate, superspeedway and road course. Short tracks are oval shaped and under one mile in length. Intermediate tracks are between one and two miles around the oval. Superspeedway tracks are the biggest of the oval tracks at more than two miles around. Road courses are the least common and often the longest with several twists and turns. Because of their unique design, road tracks like Road America and the Infineon Raceway are considered some of the most difficult to navigate.

But the design of the course is only one factor into deciding which NASCAR tracks are the toughest. A simple oval track, such as the tri-oval at Talladega Superspeedway or Daytona International Speedway, allows for higher speeds and the included smaller margin for error.

The stress on the cars and the NASCAR drivers varies at each track making each a unique challenge for the cars and drivers alike. One driver with one car may see success on one track but struggle on another and vice versa. That exclusivity to the sport of NASCAR makes it exciting and endlessly competitive. Who said driving in circles was boring?

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222 65
Darlington Raceway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
2
173 68
Bristol Motor Speedway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
3
142 63
Martinsville Speedway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
4
125 61
Sonoma Raceway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
5
122 59
Watkins Glen International is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
6
147 81
Talladega Superspeedway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
7
133 73
Daytona International Speedway is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
8
121 65
Pocono Raceway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
9
119 64
Dover International Speedway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
10
95 67
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
11
83 58
Richmond International Raceway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
12
73 56
Phoenix International Raceway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
13
73 58
Road America is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
14
71 63
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
15
74 68
Charlotte Motor Speedway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
Charlotte Motor Speedway
16
66 62
Atlanta Motor Speedway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
17
55 56
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
18
54 70
Kentucky Speedway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
19
50 65
Homestead-Miami Speedway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
20
46 63
Iowa Speedway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
21
43 66
Auto Club Speedway of Californ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
22
46 72
Michigan International Speedwa... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
23
43 80
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
24
39 76
Kansas Speedway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks
25
37 74
Chicagoland Speedway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Toughest NASCAR Tracks