Conversation In The Nation: Favorite Track

by Jim on June 8, 2013 · 5 comments

Darn it! I was all revved up to come in and watch the NationwideIOWA GRAPHIC Series at Iowa- one of the few that I watch- and to my dismay, I found it got rained out and postponed until tomorrow. What a bust!

I’ve been loving Iowa since the day it opened. I am not ordinarily the world’s biggest Rusty Wallace fan, but I love that track that has his finger prints all over it. This track has more of what NASCAR needs.

Today, I want to ask you the question: which CURRENT NASCAR track is your favorite? Not only do I love short tracks, I also love the road courses, including another NASCAR Nationwide exclusive: Road America. I like tracks that are unique, track that have character. The cautions are a real headache at Road America, but I still think it’s a great track.

My favorite Cup track is Richmond. It’s another “short” track (though not as short as Bristol and Martinsville), but there’s just something about that has a unique feel.

I also like the road courses, particularly Watkins Glen. Yeah, I know “stock” cars weren’t really meant for the courses of right and left turns. I think my buddy Patrick Reynolds likens it to a pig doing ballet.

Oh- and I like the plate tracks too, but the reasons everyone hates them. Personally, I love the fact that some lesser known driver like a David Ragan or a Trevor Bayne can win there. Even the Goliath teams like HMS and JGR can’t do it alone. I wouldn’t want a plate race every week, but they occur with enough frequency to get it out of my system.

I suppose then you know I’m not real fond of the so-called “cookie cutter” tracks. I also hate them for the same reasons many of you do. Heck, I’ll even stomach Indy and Pocono, just because of the character and significance (in the case of Indianapolis) of the tracks.

What about you? Is it Bristol? I know, I bet it’s Darlington. Perhaps for some reason only you would understand, you like Talladega, Atlanta or maybe Michigan.

Let’s hear it.

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1 Matt Griffin June 9, 2013 at 4:34 am

My top 5 tracks: 1.Richmond 2.Iowa 3.Talladega 4.Martinsville 5.Daytona My bottom 5 tracks: 1.Indianapolis 2.Chicagobland 3.Texas 4.Michigan 5.Dover

2 Vicki Williams June 9, 2013 at 6:14 am

I love the short tracks best – Martinsville, Bristol and Richmond – top three. I like the road courses. My least favorites are Talladega and Daytona. I’m neutral about the mile and a halfs. Sometimes, they provide good racing and sometimes, they can be boring. But it doesn’t matter where they are at, I watch’em all!

3 BrianFitz June 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

NOTE: The Nationwide Race at Iowa was postponed until 11AM today, its currently 12:05PM and Austin Dillon is leading but Trevor Bayne is charging fast ( when he just went past Hornish Jr. for 2nd, he went on his Radio and said, “too doot tadoo”… ).
It was so Awesome to see Chase Elliott win the ARCA Race yesterday at Pocono. That kid will be something to be reckoned with in Nationwide and Cup in the near future.

I like Charlotte the most (after all its why I moved here) the uniqueness of having a Race start in the day and run into the wee hours of the night ( the 600 ) really separates the men from the boys and the halfass teams from the powerhouse teams. That race really proves the fact that NASCAR drivers are REAL athletes.
I also like Daytona because of the spectacle that it is. Don’t tell anybody but I think the Tandem Style of Racing was cool as heck. You’d see 2 guys get together and gang up on somebody and fly right by, then 2 other guys would team up and fly right by them. It also showed a lot of skill to be able to follow that close to somebody at that speed.
Bristol is a fun track to go to, there’s not a bad seat in the house (been 3 times) Pocono is also very unique with it’s 3 different turns and Michigan is soooooooo wide and fast.
New Hampshire is terribly boring, I’ve even attended the Race twice and its a boring Race even at the Track. ( my sister lives in Stoddard, NH and can get me free tickets anytime I want but I don’t want them, twice was enuf ). NASCAR needs to take at least one of their races away and give it back to Rockingham or Darlington.
opps got to go, green flag pitstops happening.

Don’t forget, Cup Race at 1:15PM EST.

4 BrianFitz June 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

Update from Iowa, 86 laps to go and IT’S FREKIN RAINING AGAIN and their covering up the cars !! Its still early in the day but I’m not sure how long NASCAR will wait…

Dillon and Bayne are 1-2.

5 Nancy June 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

I have attended races at Daytona, Darlington, Talladega, Rockingham, Martinsville, Dover and Louden. Of the tracks that I have gone to in person, The Rock was by far my favorite as far as racing and strategy goes. For a total experience beyond just racing, nothing compares to Talladega. My least favorite track was Dover.

Of the tracks in the circuit currently, these are my favorites:
1) Richmond
2) Darlington
3) Martinsville
4) Talladega
5) Bristol

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