The Daytona 500 is held each year in Daytona Beach Florida and is considered "The Great American Race." It is a race with a very large history, and it was only the second race to incorporate 500 miles. It is arguably the most popular race in all of car racing, and it is considered to be NASCAR's version of the SuperBowl, as it will often have the largest cash prize. The Daytona International Speedway is also thought to be one of the most difficult tracks in the sport, making a victory there all the more impressive. The race takes place in early July, and attracts the top racers from all over the world each year.
The Brickyard 400 is one of the most popular races in all of NASCAR. Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, it was the first 400 race to be held at the venue since 1916 with its inaugural race taking place in 1994. A victory at this race is one of the highest honors for NASCAR drivers. Superstar Kyle Busch was quoted saying that after Daytona, the Brickyard 400 is the next most prestigious. The tradition of kissing the bricks after a victory is one of the most popular in the sport of NASCAR, and every driver has a dream of one day being able to do such a thing.
Taking place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Ford 400 is the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Therefore, this will always be a race with a lot at stake, making it extremely exciting for fans everywhere. This is a critical race for all the drivers as this will make or break their season. Under new sponsorship, Dixie Vodka has taken over the naming rights of this prestigious event, yet despite the name change the stakes of this race are still the same.
The Coca Cola 600 is the longest race in the Sprint Cup schedule. It is also one of the most important. Located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, it is right in the heart of NASCAR country as the demand for this race is extremely high. This race is also during the Memorial Day Holiday, and it immediately follows the Daytona 500 making it a great day for auto racing fans all over the country.
This is a race that attracts the best of the best, as it is a fun exhibition race that invites all of the winning racers from the previous season. For years, this race took place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, but will now be taking place at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2021. While there is a cash prize for the winner of this race, this race does not come with much pressure for the drivers as there are no points that can be won for the standings, which creates a very fun atmosphere for the fans and the drivers.
Located at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, this is commonly the fastest race of the year. The event that took place in 1997 still stands as the fastest NASCAR race ever ran with an average speed of 188 miles per hour. Talladega Speedway is a 2.66 mile oval shaped track, which is the largest of all the NASCAR tracks on the schedule. The long track is what allows cars to go so much faster than they may at other locations on the tour, making for an exciting race in a historic venue.
Held at the Richmond Raceway in Virginia, this race is one of the ten that are a part of the Cup Series Playoffs. The Richmond Raceway track is only .75 miles in radius, making for an exciting short track that fans love to see. This race attracts a lot of fans and a great experience for all who attend is a guarantee. The race is 400 laps as the drivers will go a total distance of 300 miles through three stages.
The Richmond Finale is the stepping stone into getting into the 16-driver Chase for the Spring Cup, which is NASCAR's version of the playoffs. The final race of the "regular season" is held at Richmond every year. For obvious reasons, this is a very important race for many drivers because it may be their last chance to race for a championship in that year. It is the final race of 26 regular season races and will often come with a lot of storylines for drivers trying to become one of the 16 Chase contestants.
The Sharpie 500 is a night time race that takes place at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. It is one of the hardest races for a driver to qualify for. The Bristol Motor Speedway is only a half mile in radius, which means it is very fast and difficult for drivers to operate their vehicles. There are 43 cars in a space that small meaning that drivers will spend the night crammed up while driving at lightning speeds.
Darlington Raceway in South Carolina is full of rich history and is a great venue for fans and racers. It is an egg shaped 1.3 mile track located in the heart of NASCAR country. Consisting of 367 laps, this race has been going on for 119 years. The track has unique characteristics that puts the surface on an angle forcing the drivers to race against the wall. This exciting race on a funky track is a fan favorite for good reason.