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The jam-packed 2012 NASCAR season kicked off February 18 in Daytona. Get all the latest schedule info here, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule, NASCAR Nationwide Schedule, and Danica Patrick’s Sprint Cup Schedule.
Best NASCAR Drivers of All Time
“The Intimidator” had 78 wins and seven championships to his credit, and is considered by many to be the best driver in the history of NASCAR. Earnhardt died of a skull fracture in a crash on the final lap of Daytona in 2001.
Johnson won five consecutive championships, from 2005 to 2010. He’s had 55 Sprint Cup Wins and 224 top-10 finishes.
“The King” won seven championships – tied with Dale Earnhardt for the most in history. He has the most wins of any NASCAR driver – 200, and won the Daytona 500 seven times – also a record.
Gordon is a three-time Daytona 500 winner and ranks third on the all-time win list with 85. He has 396 top-10 finishes.
Pearson is second on the all-time win list, with 105 victories. He also won three championships (1966, 1968, and 1969).
NASCAR Racetracks in the United States
Atlanta Motor Speedway
The 1.54 mile Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the fastest racetracks on the NASCAR circuit. Located in Hampton, Georgia, the speedway was opened in 1960. Scenes from the films Stroker Ace and Smokey and the Bandit II were filmed at AMS.
Auto Club Speedway
This 2 mile superspeedway located in Fontana, California, was built in 1996 on the site of a former Steel Mill. NASCAR races have been held at Auto Club Speedway since 1997, and since the venue is so close to Los Angeles, many movies, commercials and television shows have been filmed there.
Bristol Motor Speedway
As one of the shortest tracks on the NASCAR racing circuit, you might be surprised to learn that this track in Bristol, Tennessee is the 4th largest sports venue in America, having a capacity to hold 165,000 guests in its stadium-style seating. Despite its .533 mile length, the steep banking of this track enables NASCAR racers to reach speeds not achieved at other short tracks. NASCAR enthusiasts have been enjoying races at BMS since 1961.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway is located in Concord, North Carolina. The length of the asphalt track is 1.5 miles and it hosted its first NASCAR race in 1960. The speedway possesses the world’s largest high definition video board which is installed along the track’s back stretch.
Located in Joliet, Illinois, Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5 mile D-shaped oval racetrack that opened in 2001. It is located adjacent to the drag racing racetrack Route 66 Raceway.
Nicknamed “The Lady in Black”, Darlington Raceway is a 1.366 mile track located near Darlington, South Carolina. Built in 1950, Darlington is also home to the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum which celebrates the history of Darlington Raceway and stock car racing.
Daytona International Speedway
Opened in 1959, this track in Daytona Beach, FL, is the home of the world famous Daytona 500. The track features several different layouts ranging from a .25 mile karting and motorcycle flat track to a 3.56 mile sports car course. The infield of the track features a 29 acres lake, Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat races.
Dover International Speedway
Dover International Speedway, also known as “The Monster Mile”, is a one mile racetrack located in Dover, Delaware. The racetrack opened in 1960 and currently shares a sporting complex with Dover Downs and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.
As part of a plan to help reconstruct Homestead, Florida after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Homestead-Miami Speedway opened in 1993 and has hosted the last races of the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck series since 2002.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
With a seating capacity of 257,000 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana, holds the record for holding the largest number of guests in a stadium-style sporting facility. The 2.5 mile asphalt and brick track was constructed in 1909.
Located in Sonoma, California, Infineon Raceway is a 2.52 mile road course on a landform known as Sears Point. The track opened in 1968 and the first NASCAR race was held at Infineon in 1989.
Home to two annual NASCAR race weekends, this 1.5 mile speedway is located in Kansas City, Kansas and was opened in 2001. In February of 2012, a Penn National Gaming Hollywood Hotel and Casino opened at the track and is expected to attract more than 400,000 tourists each year.
Sparta, Kentucky is home to the 1.5 mile tri-oval Kentucky Speedway. The race track opened until 2000 and hosted both the NASCAR Nationwide series and the Camping World Truck series since it opened, but it did not get added to the Sprint Cup series schedule until 2011.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located in Clark County, Nevada. The first NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was held in 1998. After the 2006 Spring Cup Series race, the track was reconfigured to increase the degree of banking on the outside of the track.
Michigan International Speedway
One of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit due to the wide corners and long straightaways, the 2.0 mile Michigan International Speedway opened in 1968. In addition to NASCAR races, the speedway also hosts concerts in conjunction with race weekends, the Michigan High School Athletic Association cross country finals, and the Great Lakes Wine Festival.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058 mile race track located in Loudon, New Hampshire. The track opened in June of 1990 and the first NASCAR race was held in July of the same year. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is nicknamed “The Magic Mile”.
Phoenix International Raceway
Located in Avondale, Arizona, Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) generates more than $470 million each year for the state of Arizona. This 1.5 mile track was built in 1964 and started hosting NASCAR races in 1978, with the premier Sprint Cup Series being added to the schedule in 1988.
In the picturesque Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Pocono Raceway is home to three NASCAR series races each year. Nicknamed “The Tricky Triangle”, all three turns of this unique 2.5 mile track were designed after turns at three different tracks—Trenton Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Milwaukee Mile.
The shortest racetrack in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series is Martinsville Speedway, which is located in Henry County, Virginia. This .526 mile track has been hosting NASCAR races since 1948, longer than any other track in the circuit.
Richmond International Raceway
Since 2004, this .75 mile racetrack has been the location of the final regular season race of the Sprint Cup series. Located in Henrico County, outside of Richmond, Virginia, Richmond International Speedway opened in 1946.
The longest racetrack on the NASCAR racing circuit is Talladega Superspeedway, with a length of 2.66 miles. Built in 1969 on the former Anniston Air Force Base, Talladega Superspeedway holds the record for the fastest speed achieved by a race car driver—216 mph by Rusty Wallace in 2004.
Texas Motor Speedway
Opened in 1996, this 1.5 mile speedway is located in Fort Worth, Texas. It is home to two NASCAR Sprint Cup series races and two Nationwide series races.
Watkins Glen International
“The Glen”, located near Watkins Glen, New York is a race track that opened in 1956. It was formerly world renowned for hosting the United States Grand Prix for twenty consecutive years (1961-1980). The asphalt/concrete Grand Prix course is 3.4 miles long and the asphalt short course is 2.45 miles long.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
The NASCAR Hall of Fame honors the top drivers and figures in the sport of NASCAR, dating back to its roots in the mid-1900s. Each year the NASCAR Hall of Fame holds an induction ceremony and 5 individuals are selected from among 25 nominees. The Class of 2012 includes Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans, and Glen Wood.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located at:
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 654-4400
Women of NASCAR
Danica Patrick and others have blazed the trail for women drivers in NASCAR. In 2012, Danica Patrick will race in 10 Sprint Cup Series races. She will be the first woman to compete in the main event of NASCAR since it became the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008. In 1949, Sarah Christian was the first woman to compete in NASCAR’s main event, followed later that year by Louse Smith and Ethel Flock Mobley. In 1976, Janet Guthrie became the first to compete in the Winston Cup Series. She later became the first woman to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 races.
Each year, Men’s Daily selects the 13 Hottest Women of NASCAR.