NASCAR Race Car Tracks


The Infineon Raceway is unusual in that it features both left- and right-hand turns. See more NASCAR pictures.

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Most of today's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series races are held on high-spee­d oval tracks with banked turns; generally speaking, the greater the degree of banking in the turns, the faster the cars can go through them. Ovals of more than one mile in length are considered superspeedways, because the longer straightaways allow the cars to reach higher speeds. Only three of the current oval tracks are less than one mile in length.

The majority of ovals have a curved frontstretch, and these are known as "tri-ovals" or "D-shaped tracks." Those with four distinct turns (such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway) are sometimes referred to as "quad ovals." All the oval-track races are run counterclockwise, meaning they have only left-hand turns. Only two races are held on road courses, which feature numerous left- and right-hand corners with little or no banking.

Today's tracks are all paved, but it wasn't always that way. In fact, in NASCAR stock car racing's inaugural 1949 season (when it was called NASCAR Strictly Stock division), all the tracks were dirt except for the 4.15-mile Daytona Beach & Road Course, only part of which was paved.

In the early days of NASCAR racing, all tracks were dirt, except for the Daytona Beach & Race Course, which was only partially paved.

Racing on dirt is far different than racing on pavement. On dirt, cars are often slid sideways around turns in a two- or four-wheel "drift," which makes them more difficult to control and can throw up a lot of dust. Following drivers may find it difficult to see where they're going, and this -- combined with the fact they're drifting their cars as well -- adds to the danger of dirt-track racing. Making it worse is that ruts can form in the corners, which can flip a car over if it hits them at a bad angle. Particularly treacherous was the circular Langhorne Speedway, where racers essentially drove the whole distance in a constant drift.

Some of the dirt tracks not profiled here had long, rich histories with NASCAR. Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, was the site of the very first NASCAR Strictly Stock race, and this 3/4-mile track remained on the NASCAR schedule until the fall of 1956. Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, North Carolina, hosted the third NASCAR Strictly Stock race of the inaugural 1949 season. It was renamed Orange Speedway in 1954 and remained on the NASCAR schedule until it was closed in the fall of 1968. Another famous track was the North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, a half-mile oval that held the final race of the 1949 season. Stretched to .625 mile the following year, it was paved midway through the 1957 season, and continued to host NASCAR races until it was closed in the fall of 1996.

Darlington Raceway was the first fully paved track on the NASCAR schedule, having opened its gates in 1950. At 1.25 miles in length (later stretched to 1.366), it was also the first superspeedway, and it's still used for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series races today. An even faster track was the Daytona International Speedway (not to be confused with the Daytona Beach & Road Course, an entirely separate entity), which hosted the first Daytona 500 race in 1959. With steeply banked turns and 2.5 miles of pavement, it was a monster. Driver Jimmy Thompson once said of it, "There have been other tracks that separated the men from the boys. This is the track that will separate the brave from the weak after the boys are gone." Daytona is still considered by many to be the premier track on the NASCAR schedule, even though it was eclipsed as the "biggest and fastest" in 1969 by the 2.66-mile Alabama International Speedway, better known as Talladega.

Although no longer the biggest or fastest, Daytona International Speedway is still considered the premier track.

Gradually, paved tracks began replacing dirt tracks on the NASCAR circuit, and by the late 1960s, only three dirt tracks remained on the schedule. The last dirt-track race for NASCAR's top series was the Home State 200, held on September 30, 1970, at the one-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Winner Richard Petty said afterward, "I hope a few dirt tracks are kept on the schedule. This is where our brand of racing started." But it was not to be. The age of the superspeedway had arrived, and there was no looking back.

On the following pages, learn more about the NASCAR race tracks of today. View pictures of the tracks, and find out information you'll need to know when you attend a race, including location, what you can bring inside with you, and where to find parking.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

Atlanta Motor Speedway -- which opened its gates to NASCAR racing in 1960 -- was second only to the new Daytona International Speedway in length. Atlanta is currently one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, as the longer Daytona and Talladega tracks now require the cars to be fitted with restrictor plates that reduce top speeds.

During its rich history, Atlanta has hosted such well-known race series as the Dixie 300/400/500 (1960-1979), the Atlanta 500 (1960-1980), the Atlanta Journal 500 (1980-1990), the Motorcraft/Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 (1986-1994), the Coca-Cola 500 (1981-1985), and the Napa 500 (1995- 2002). Its 2006 race schedule included the Golden Corral 500 and the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

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­Atlanta Motor Speedway Visitor Information

Atlanta Motor Speedway contact information: Atlanta Motor Speedway. 1500 N. Hwy 41, Hampton, AL (30228). Phone 770/946-4211. www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Atlanta Motor Speedway security: Coolers 14 x 14 x 14 inches or smaller are allowed; alcohol is allowed except in no-alcohol grandstand. No glass containers, umbrellas, strollers, in-line skates, skateboards, bicycles, or portable toilets. No pets except on leashes in camping/RV section.

Atlanta Motor Speedway parking: Park in handicapped spaces only with state-issued tag or license. For assistance, look for golf cart shuttles with blue awnings. Reserved parking spots are available on weekends. Unreserved parking on all 870 acres is free. Call the speedway (phone 770/946-4211) to reserve. RVs and trailers park in two infield sections; spots are sold on a yearly basis.

Atlanta Motor Speedway first aid: Find first-aid stations in the concourse area of each grandstand; Earnhardt, Petty, and Weaver grandstands have ambulances nearby. Infield aid centers are located near the main tunnel. Henry Medical Center (1133 Eagles Landing Pkwy., Stockbridge, AL, phone 770/389-2200, exit 224 off I-75) is less than 20 minutes away.

Atlanta Motor Speedway concessions: Each grandstand has concession stands in the concourse area; other stands are scattered throughout the track. The speedway gift shop is located near the East Turn; find other souvenirs behind the Earnhardt Grandstand.

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Bristol Motor Speedway

The tense racing and many accidents attract plenty of visitors to the Bristol Motor Speedway, making it difficult to come by tickets.
The tense racing and many accidents attract plenty of visitors to the Bristol Motor Speedway, making it difficult to come by tickets.

Bristol Motor Speedway, as a half-mile oval with the steepest banking on the NASCAR circuit, is sometimes referred to as "The Toilet Bowl." When the cars line up for the start, they often stretch nearly halfway around the short track. As a result, Bristol is known for its "paint swapping," and races tend to include numerous accidents and caution flags. Partly due to what often seems like demo-derby action, tickets are notoriously difficult to get.

Bristol Motor Speedway was the long-time home to the Southeastern 500 and Volunteer 500 (both running from 1961 to 1979), and more recently to the Busch 500, Valleydale Meats 500, and Goody's 500. Hosted in 2006 were the Food City 500 and Sharpie 500. The "500" in these races stands for 500 laps, which works out to 266.5 miles.

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Bristol Motor Speedway Visitor Information

Bristol Motor Speedway contact information: Bristol Motor Speedway. 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN (37620). Phone 423/764-6555 or 423/989-6901. www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

Bristol Motor Speedway security: Coolers are allowed, but they can’t be larger than 14 inches long. Each fan may carry in one bag, but it must also not exceed the 14-inch limit. The track prohibits umbrellas, bicycles, folding chairs, glass containers, beer balls, noise makers, balloons, and beach balls. All bags are subject to a search, so fans should enter at least one hour before the start of a race.

Bristol Motor Speedway parking: Parking on the racetrack grounds is limited to those with permits. Those who need handicapped accessible parking must phone 423/989-6931 for a space. The track operates two free parking areas on State Route 394, which offer free shuttles to and from the track. A parking map can be downloaded from the track’s Web site.

Bristol Motor Speedway first aid: Fully staffed first-aid stations are located outside the track between Gates 7 and 8 and inside the track in the north grandstands, the east grandstands, and west grandstands. Ask a track employee which station is closest to your seats. Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center (1 Medical Park Blvd., phone 423/844-1121) is about 11 miles from the track.

Bristol Motor Speedway concessions: Local merchants set up temporary markets near the track on race days where basic necessities can be purchased.

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California Speedway

The California Speedway has many usable tracks, including an infield road course and drag strip.
The California Speedway has many usable tracks, including an infield road course and drag strip.

California Speedway, located about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, is a relative newcomer to the racing scene, having opened its gates in 1997. Though NASCAR events use the two-mile tri-oval, the facility also features an infield road course as well as a drag strip, allowing the track to be used for numerous types of racing events.

Past NASCAR races hosted include the California 500 Presented by NAPA, the NAPA Auto Parts 500, and the Pop Secret 500. Run in 2006 were the Auto Club 500 and Sony HD 500.

California Speedway Visitor Information

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Californ­ia Speedway contact information: California Speedway. 9330 Cherry Ave., Fontana, CA (92335). Phone 909/429-5000. www.californiaspeedway.com.

California Speedway security: Hard-sided coolers or containers, backpacks, alcohol, ice, aluminum cans, glass, and pets are prohibited. One soft-sided container is permitted, with a size limit of 6 x 6 x 12 inches. You’re also allowed one clear plastic bag, no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, for souvenirs. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the grandstands. Other prohibited items include strollers, umbrellas, wagons, in-line skates, bicycles, scooters, and skateboards.

California Speedway parking: There are more than 30,000 free spots, and shuttles run to and from outlying areas where parking is also available. Arrive early to beat the traffic.

California Speedway first aid: First-aid centers are located at Gates 10, 12, and 14; there are also two centers located underneath the grandstand -- one in the east and one in the west. A full-service care center, staffed with doctors, is located in the infield.

California Speedway concessions: Concession stands are scattered throughout the facility: four are at ground level, at the entrance of the grandstands; the terrace area has six. The infield has smaller “portable” stands, and the Pit Row Café is at the infield in the RV area. There are plenty of restroom options throughout the speedway, but take advantage of shorter lines at restrooms next to Gates 10, 12, 14, and 16.

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Chicagoland Speedway

The Chicagoland Speedway is the second-newest speedway on the NASCAR circuit, after the track in Kansas.
The Chicagoland Speedway is the second-newest speedway on the NASCAR circuit, after the track in Kansas.

Chicagoland Speedway is the newest member of the NASCAR speedway circuit next to the Kansas Speedway, having hosted its first stock car race -- the Tropicana 400 -- in July 2001. Located about 35 miles southwest of Chicago in Joliet, Illinois, it is unusual in that the backstretch of this tri-oval isn't straight but instead has a noticeable curve to it. Chicagoland was the 2006 venue for the USG Sheetrock 400.

Chicagoland Speedway Visitor Information

Chicagoland Speedway contact information: Chicagoland Speedway. 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet, IL (60433). Phone 815/727-RACE (7223). www.chicagolandspeedway.com.

Chicagoland Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Chicagoland Speedway layout.

Chicagoland Speedway security: Coolers of any kind or any food or beverages are prohibited. The only exception: ticket holders may bring a single, plastic, factory-sealed bottle of water. You may also carry in purses, backpacks, camera bags, and other bags smaller than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, subject to security search. Other prohibited items: glass containers, strollers, bicycles, wagons, in-line skates, scooters, folding chairs, flag poles, signs of any kind, umbrellas, and any items deemed to be an obstruction to other spectators.

Chicagoland Speedway parking: The track sits in the middle of farmland surrounded by 500 acres of free parking. If someone asks you for money to park, you are not on Chicagoland Speedway property. The lots, with space for 50,000 vehicles, open at 7 a.m., and tailgating is welcome. Overnight parking is not allowed except in designated camping areas. Spectators who park in Lot G behind the backstretch can catch a tram to Turn 1 near the south turnstile gate entrance, otherwise, expect to walk.

Chicagoland Speedway first aid: First-aid stations are located under the grandstands on the main level at Sections 111 and 411. A fully staffed Infield Care Center is located in the infield between Turns 3 and 4. Misting stations are located under the grandstands. Windy City Raceway Ministries provides first aid for the soul with Sunday services on the infield and outside the raceway. Silver Cross Hospital (1200 Maple Rd., phone 815/740-1100) is located about 5 miles away.

Chicagoland Speedway concessions: Carnivores will drool at the choices: turkey legs, grilled pork chops, Italian beef and sausage, and the old standbys -- burgers, brats, and hot dogs -- to name a few. On the beverage side: water, beer, margaritas, and frozen daiquiris.

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Darlington Raceway

Each corner at Darlington Raceway has a different radius, making it tricky to turn.
Each corner at Darlington Raceway has a different radius, making it tricky to turn.

Darlington Raceway is the granddaddy of superspeedways, having opened its gates in 1950 when most NASCAR races were held on short dirt tracks. As such, it has attained somewhat of a mythical aura among older racers and fans. The big oval has a slightly egglike shape because the original owner wanted to preserve a minnow pond that sat outside what is now turn four.

The fact that the corners at each end have a different radius makes it tough to set up a car's suspension so that it handles well all around the track, and newer drivers who misjudge a turn and scrape the wall are said to have earned their "Darlington stripe."

The track was long the home of the Southern 500 -- the first of the 500-mile races -- as well as the Rebel 300/400/500 (1960-1978) and the Transouth 500 (1983-1999). In 2005, the schedule was cut back to just one race per year, which for 2005 and 2006 was the Dodge Charger 500.

Darlington Raceway Visitor Information

Darlington Raceway contact information: Darlington Raceway. 1301 Harry Byrd Hwy., Darlington, SC (29532). Phone 843/395-8499. www.darlingtonraceway.com.

Darlington Raceway diagram: Download a PDF of the Darlington Raceway layout.

Darlington Raceway security: Coolers no larger than 6 x 6 x 12 inches are allowed. Other items brought into the raceway must be in an approved container: either a soft-sided insulated bag (6 x 6 x 12 inches) or a clear plastic bag (18 x 18 x 4 inches). Binoculars, cameras, headsets, etc. must be worn separately around the neck or clipped to the belt. Items not allowed include firearms, knives, fireworks, har­d-sided coolers, thermos bottles, insulated cups, strollers, and umbrellas.

Darlington Raceway parking: Free parking to accommodate a full house of 60,000 fans is available on grassy areas around the track.

Darlington Raceway first aid: Paramedics staff first-aid stations in the concourse areas behind the front stretch and backstretch. Doctors are on duty at the medical care facility in the infield.

Darlington Raceway concessions: Stands are located at ground level, at the top of the grandstands, and on the concourses. They offer the usual racing menu of hot dogs, burgers, sausages, fries, barbecue, and the regional specialty, boiled peanuts.

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Daytona International Speedway

­Daytona International Speedway plays hosts to the Daytona 500 -- a race that almost every driver would most like to win.
­Daytona International Speedway plays hosts to the Daytona 500 -- a race that almost every driver would most like to win.

Daytona International Speedway hosts the Daytona 500 -- the race that any stock car driver would most love to win. Since Daytona International Speedway opened its gates in 1959, the prestigious Daytona 500 has been run under the same name ever since and currently leads off the NASCAR season.

As a steeply banked 2.5-mile tri-oval, Daytona International Speedway is second only to Talladega in length and all-time top qualifying speed. In fact, speeds at both tracks got so high (well over 200 mph in qualifying) that in 1988, NASCAR began requiring cars to run restrictor plates for races held there. Though the Daytona 500 is certainly the most famous, other well-known races hosted by the speedway over the years were the Firecracker 250/400 (1959-1983) and the Pepsi 400, which was first run in 1989 and continues to this day.

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Daytona International Speedway Visitor Information

Daytona International Speedway contact information: Daytona International Speedway. 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL (32114). Phone 386/254-2700 or 386/253-RACE (7223). www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Daytona International Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Daytona International Speedway layout.

Darlington Raceway security: Race goers may bring in one soft-sided cooler, scanner bag, fanny pack, purse, binocular bag, or diaper bag (that’s key) -- but none larger than 6 x 6 x 12 inches. In addition, you may bring one clear plastic bag, no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, and binoculars, scanners, headsets, and cameras worn over the neck or on a belt. Seat cushions are allowed, but insulated cups or flasks, strollers, and umbrellas are not. For more guidance, download a fan guide from the track’s Web site.

Child safety: Free child safety and identification wristbands are available at information booths and at Daytona USA’s Guest Services Desk. The wristbands leave space to list a child’s name, a preselected meeting location, parent/guardian's name and phone number, and other information to ensure a quick reunion.

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Dover International Speedway

Dover International Speedway is paved with concrete, a surface that is tough on cars.
Dover International Speedway is paved with concrete, a surface that is tough on cars.

Dover International Speedway, measuring exactly one mile, is considered neither a short track (which is generally defined as being less than one mile in length) nor a superspeedway (which must be more than a mile). Unlike most modern tracks, the racing surface is made of concrete rather than asphalt. Dover is known to be hard on cars, thus earning it the nickname "The Monster Mile."

It has been the venue for such races as the Mason-Dixon 300/500 (1969-1983), the Delaware 500 (1971-1978 and 1984-1988), the Budweiser 500 (1983-1994), and several 400-milers under the MBNA banner. The 2006 schedule included the Dover 400 and MBNA 400.

Dover International Speedway Visitor Information

Dover International Speedway contact information: Dover International Speedway. 1131 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE (19901). Phone 302/674-4600; phone toll-free 800/441-RACE (7223). www.doverspeedway.com.

Dover International Speedway security: One cooler (14 x 14 x 14 inches or smaller) per person is permitted. One clear plastic bag smaller than 18 x 18 x 4 inches is permitted (no ice). Glass containers, liquor or wine, beer in packs, beer balls, strollers, umbrellas, and fireworks are prohibited.

Dover International Speedway parking: Lots are free except for Sunday races ($10). Infield parking is allowed on Sundays only; gates are open 4:30-11:30 a.m. There is a $40 fee for every vehicle and $40 for each person older than 12. RV lots are located south and east of the track near Old Leipsic Road.

Dover International Speedway first aid: An infield care station is located by the south grandstand. Other stations are at the south end of Old Leipsic Road, between Gates 7 and 8; the corner of Persimmon Tree Lane and Pit Stop Road near Lot 9; and outside the west side of the North Tent Village, across from Gate 15.

Dover International Speedway concessions: Stands scattered throughout the speedway offer burgers, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, pizza, nachos, beer, soda, and water.

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Homestead-Miami Speedway

Homestead-Miami Speedway was first created as a rectangular oval but was cut down to a traditional oval to make passing easier and to increase speeds.
Homestead-Miami Speedway was first created as a rectangular oval but was cut down to a traditional oval to make passing easier and to increase speeds.

Homestead-Miami Speedway opened in 1995 as a "rectangular oval," similar in shape to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but with flatter corners. It was first used for CART (open wheel) and NASCAR Busch series races, but the low banking was found to cut down on speeds and make passing difficult.

In 1997 the track was changed to a traditional oval shape and hosted its first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race two years later. In 2003 it was given steeper banking. Homestead-Miami has hosted the Pennzoil 400, the Pennzoil Freedom 400, and, since 2002, the Ford 400, currently the final race of the year.

Homestead-Miami Speedway Visitor Information

Homestead-Miami Speedway contact information: Homestead-Miami Speedway. 1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead, FL (33035). Phone 305/230-RACE (7223). www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

Homestead-Miami Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Homestead-Miami Speedway layout.

Homestead-Miami Speedway security: Each person may carry one soft-sided bag or cooler no larger than 6 x 6 x 12 inches; it may contain ice. One clear plastic bag no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches is allowed but not for ice. Track reentry passes are available. Binoculars, cameras, and headsets (worn around the neck) are allowed, as are seat cushions. No large bags, strollers, bikes, umbrellas, chairs, or pets allowed.

Homestead-Miami Speedway parking: Parking is free during events, and overnight parking not allowed. Lots open at 6:30 a.m. and close at dusk. Reserved parking is available with some advance ticket purchases. Handicapped-accessible spaces (display credentials) can be found in Lots A, E, and Blue. Weekend-long parking for RVs is available on the south side of the track.

Homestead-Miami Speedway first aid: Find first-aid facilities in the administrative building directly across from the speedway’s main entrance and around the track; or phone 305/230-5050. Homestead Hospital (160 NW 13th St., phone 786/243-8000) is 6 miles away.

Homestead-Miami Speedway concessions: Find refreshments at concession stands throughout the grandstand area. Hospitality tents offer amenities to those with exclusive tickets (phone 305/230-7223).

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Originally paved with bricks, the Indianpolis Motor Speedway is called "The Brickyard."
Originally paved with bricks, the Indianpolis Motor Speedway is called "The Brickyard."

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, most famous as the site of the annual Indianapolis 500 open-wheel race that was first run in 1911, is known as "The Brickyard." It was originally paved with bricks, which are still used for "the yard of bricks" that marks the start/finish line. In 1994, the nickname was adopted for the first NASCAR race run at Indy, and the Brickyard 400 remained on the schedule for ten years; in 2005, it was renamed The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

The race quickly became one of the most popular and prestigious on the NASCAR circuit, as fans flocked to the track and drivers viewed winning as an honor. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has by far the most grandstand seating of any track on the NASCAR circuit, with accommodations for more than 250,000 fans.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Visitor Information

Indianapolis Motor Speedway contact information: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN (46222). Phone 317/492-6700. www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway layout.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway security: All items carried into the track are subject to a search -- and search, they do. Indianapolis Motor Speedway prohibits entry with glass containers and bottles, but allows personal coolers -- hard and soft-sided -- with a size restriction of no larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches. Personal bags and backpacks are allowed but must not exceed 14 x 14 x 14 inches. Other permitted items: binoculars, scanners, cameras (and their cases), strollers, lawn chairs, and umbrellas. Other prohibited items: bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, and pets. Tailgating is OK in the lots adjacent to the track and in the infield, but no cooking or open-flame heat sources.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway first aid: Indianapolis Motor Speedway has 15 first-aid stations around the track -- ten on the perimeter and five in the infield, including the 17-bed Clarian Emergency Medical Center, the hub of the operation. All are clearly marked in the race-day Fan Guide with a symbol of a red cross inside a yellow square. The CEMC is staffed with emergency doctors and nurses, and works with Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis (1701 N. Senate Blvd., phone 317/962-2000) if full trauma care is needed.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway concessions: How about these stats: on race day, Indianapolis Motor Speedway sells more than 6 1/2 miles of dogs and brats, more than 8 tons of Track Fries, and more than 10,000 pounds of Brickyard Burgers. The gotta-have-it menu item is jumbo pork tenderloin. Purchase one (or maybe two) at the Plaza Café next to the Pagoda, and at 14 other locations around the track. Or enjoy your meal without missing a turn on the track by ordering a box lunch before race day. Visit www.brickyardboxlunch.com and place your order online, or call 317/492-6422. You’ll receive a voucher with the pickup location. Then simply collect your lunch when you get to the track, and you’re good to go.

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Infineon Raceway

Infineon Raceway presents a challenge to stock car drivers because of its many twists and turns.
Infineon Raceway presents a challenge to stock car drivers because of its many twists and turns.

Infineon Raceway is one of the twistiest tracks on the NASCAR circuit -- with 10 turns in a two-mile lap -- and one of only two road courses. Known as Sears Point Raceway until 2001, the track hosted its first NASCAR race in 1989 after the closing of Riverside International Raceway, a long-time NASCAR road-racing venue. Infineon Raceway's elevation changes and numerous right-hand turns often prove challenging to stock car drivers, who are mostly used to turning left onto flat straightaways.

Since 2001, Infineon has been home to the Dodge/Save Mart 350 and previously hosted the Banquet Frozen Foods 300 (1989-1991), the Save Mart 300 (1992), the Save Mart Supermarkets 300 (1993-1997), and the Save Mart/Kragin 350 (1998- 2000).

Infineon Raceway Visitor Information

Infineon Raceway contact information: Infineon Raceway. 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA (95476). Phone toll-free 800/870-RACE (7223). www.infineonraceway.com.

Infineon Raceway security: Coolers and packs (no larger than 15 x 15 x 15 inches) may be brought into any seating area but are subject to search. Cans, glass containers, and alcohol are prohibited, but fans may bring food or other drinks in plastic bottles. No pets are allowed.

Infineon Raceway parking: Parking is free. Attendants will direct you to a parking space. Some parking is far from the track, but free shuttles deliver race goers to the track entrance.

Infineon Raceway first aid: Located underneath the main grandstand, Fan Care offers first aid, as do first-aid stations situated at Turns 2, 3, 7, and 9. The Sonoma Valley Hospital (347 Andrieux St., phone 707/935-5000) is 12 miles away.

Infineon Raceway concessions: Infineon Raceway offers an array of fun activities and food for fans. Check out Margarita Beach (located above Turns 8-9), where you’ll find a sand volleyball court, music, and, of course, margaritas. The Carneros Marketplace offers a taste of the Sonoma Valley, trackside, where you can choose from an assortment of local foods, fresh fruit, and wines. You can purchase ice for coolers at the Raceway Café.

Infineon Raceway restrooms: The facilities beneath the main grandstand are by far the best. Plentiful stalls mean little time is lost standing in line. Diaper-changing facilities are available in the grandstand restrooms only. There are additional permanent restrooms near Turns 2 and 10. All other restroom facilities are temporary.

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Kansas Speedway

The "Banquet 400" logo in the infield of the Kansas Speedway is nearly the size of a football field.
The "Banquet 400" logo in the infield of the Kansas Speedway is nearly the size of a football field.

Kansas Speedway, the newest NASCAR track, opened its gates in June 2001 and hosted its first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race less than four months later. Kansas Speedway boasts the longest length of high-tech SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barrier of any track on the NASCAR circuit, the life-saving system covering 1.28 miles of its 1.5-mile length.

In its brief history, Kansas Speedway has been home to the Protection One 400 (2001-2002) and the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods (2003-2006). The huge "Banquet 400" logo that sits on the infield grass inside the frontstretch is nearly the size of a football field.

Kansas Speedway Visitor Information

Kansas Speedway contact information: Kansas Speedway. 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS (66111). Phone 913/328-RACE (7223). www.kansasspeedway.com.

Kansas Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Kansas Speedway layout.

Kansas Speedway security: No coolers, ice, glass containers, alcohol, umbrellas, folding chairs, strollers, bicycles, or outside food or beverages allowed. You may bring in one soft-sided 6 x 6 x 12-inch bag (purse, camera bag, etc.).

Kansas Speedway parking: Parking lots, which are free, open at 6 a.m. Motorcyclists park on Watkins Glen Drive off State Avenue. Guests with disabilities may park in Lots 3, 4, and 7. Your state-issued hangtag serves as a pass; otherwise, call the racetrack. Shuttles operate to and from the ADA-compliant track. Tow vehicles, available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., help with lockouts, flat tires, and minor repairs. Ask track staff or visit the main security office in Lot 25 (northeast side).

Kansas Speedway first aid: Medical help is available at street level beneath the grandstand, one under Sections 122/222 and the other under Sections 121/221. An infield care center is available. The nearest hospital is Providence Medical Center (8929 Parallel Pkwy., phone 913/596-4000).

Kansas Speedway concessions: Regulars tailgate for breakfast because by 10 a.m., the track is jam-packed. Get fixin’s the night before to save time. The nearest convenience store is at Phillips 66, 110th Street and Parallel Avenue (phone 913/788-0950). Don’t miss the barbecue at the many concession stands scattered throughout the speedway.

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway plays host to NASCAR, as well as drag races and police driver training.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway plays host to NASCAR, as well as drag races and police driver training.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series every March. When it's not reserved for NASCAR, local drag racers run there two nights a week and the local police department reserve it for driver training.

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series started in 1998 with the aptly named Las Vegas 400, then progressed to the Carsdirect.com 400 in 2000, and ever since, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has hosted the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. As could be expected, the race features the typical Las Vegas glitz and glitter. Among the spectacles: Lucky winners are greeted by show girls in victory lane.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Visitor Information

Las Vegas Motor Speedway contact information: Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, NV (89115). Phone toll-free 800/644-4444. www.lvms.com.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway security: Fans should expect random bag searches. Folding chairs, umbrellas, noisemakers, coolers, or outside food are not permitted, but scanners, binoculars, and other such devices are welcome.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway first aid: First-aid and rescue stations are located at Gate F, behind Section 3 in Midway, behind Section 1 in Midway, and at the Infield Medical Center. The speedway’s mobile medical teams patrol the grounds at all times in carts marked with Red Cross symbols. If you have a pre-existing condition, ask a gate attendant to point out the locations of the first-aid kiosks as you enter.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway tickets and seating: Race fans can get the best for their buck by purchasing seats in the Red Section 2. The $125 seats include tickets for Saturday and Sunday’s races, plus free admission for Friday’s qualifying day. Red Section 2 is directly across from the pit road. Also, check out www.sportstravel.com/lasvegas400.html, a travel agency with tickets and hotel packages starting around $495 per person -- a good price considering how much you could shell out for a hotel room alone during race weekend.

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Lowe's Motor Speedway

Lowe's Motor Speedway was one of the first long, paved, steeply banked tracks on the NASCAR circuit.
Lowe's Motor Speedway was one of the first long, paved, steeply banked tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

Lowe's Motor Speedway, originally called Charlotte Motor Speedway, was the first track to be named after a corporate sponsor when it became Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999. It's a 1.5-mile oval in Concord, NC. When first opened in 1960, it joined venerable Darlington Raceway and newcomers Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway (opened in 1959 and 1960, respectively) as one of the few long, paved, steeply banked superspeedways on the NASCAR circuit.

The track was the first to host 600-mile races, the most prominent being the World 600 (1960-1984) and the Coca-Cola 600 (1986-present). Other well-known races run at the speedway include the National 400/500 (1960-1976 and 1980-1982), the Mellow Yellow 500 (1990-1994), and the UAW-GM Quality 500 (1995-2005). It hosted the Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America 500 in 2006. Lowe's Motor Speedway is also the site of NASCAR's annual all-star race.

Lowe's Motor Speedway Visitor Information

Lowe's Motor Speedway contact information: Lowe's Motor Speedway. 5555 Concord Pkwy. S, Concord, NC (28027). Phone toll-free 800/455-FANS (3267). www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.

Lowe's Motor Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Lowe's Motor Speedway layout.

Kansas Speedway security: Prohibited items include umbrellas, strollers, glass bottles, firearms, pets (except for guides for the disabled), bicycles, grills, open flames, skateboards, in-line skates, golf carts, ATVs, fireworks, folding chairs, coolers larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches, balloons, and beach balls.

Lowe's Motor Speedway parking: Race event parking is free in unreserved Lowe’s Motor Speedway-owned lots surrounding the track. The earlier you get there, the better your choices. Be warned: it usually takes between two and three hours to clear the parking lots after a race.

Lowe's Motor Speedway first aid: Medical teams patrol the area, but the fastest way to reach them is to ask a speedway staff member for help. Carolinas Medical Center has a fully staffed infield care center at races to treat emergencies. There are EMS stations under every major grandstand.

Lowe's Motor Speedway concessions: Offerings consist of the usual hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, and beer, though some independent vendors sell food outside the track. If you’re seeking easier access to food stands and restrooms, consider buying tickets in the underutilized Diamond Tower Terrace. It lacks a view of the pits, but has more stands and restrooms than older sections of the track.

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Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., is known as "The Paperclip."
Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., is known as "The Paperclip."

Martinsville Speedway, known as "The Paperclip" for its elongated shape, is the oldest track still hosting NASCAR races. In operation since 1949, it's also the shortest and poses a challenge to brakes as the cars must slow dramatically to negotiate its tight, low-banked turns.

Martinsville's long history has seen it host such famous races as the Virginia 500 (1959-1981 and 2001-2003), the Old Dominion 500 (1960-1982 and 2001-2002), the Goody's 500 (1983-1995), and, most recently, the Subway 500 and a revived Virginia 500.

Martinsville Speedway Visitor Information

Martinsville Speedway contact information: Martinsville Speedway, 340 Speedway Rd., Martinsville, VA (24112). Phone toll-free 877/722-3849.

Martinsville Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Martinsville Speedway layout.

Martinsville Speedway security: One soft-sided bag or cooler up to 6 x 6 x 12 inches is permitted. In addition, one clear plastic bag (no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches and not containing ice) may be brought in. Wear binoculars, headsets, scanners, and cameras around the neck or on a belt (not in a bag). Umbrellas, strollers, lawn chairs, thermoses, insulated cups, and pets are prohibited.

Martinsville Speedway parking: All 200 acres of free public parking lies outside the track; allow two to three hours to leave once the race is over.

Martinsville Speedway first aid: There are two first-aid stations: one at the exit near Turn 2 and one under the Blue Ridge Tower about midway down. For more serious help, the closest hospital is Martinsville Memorial Hospital (320 Hospital Dr., phone 276/666-7200).

Martinsville Speedway concessions: There are many concession stands located throughout the track. Souvenir vendors are located next to the track.

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Michigan International Speedway

Michigan International Speedway is one of the fastest tracks since others have required restrictor plates.
Michigan International Speedway is one of the fastest tracks since others have required restrictor plates.

Michigan International Speedway became one of the fastest tracks on the current NASCAR schedule with its long straights and wide turns since the longer Daytona and Talladega tracks required restrictor plates to reduce speeds. Located in southern Michigan, the facility opened in 1968 and hosted its first NASCAR race the following year.

A number of different races have been run there since, including the Yankee 600/400 (1969-1974), the Motor State 500/400 (1969-1975), the Champion Spark Plug 400 (1975-1993), and the Miller Genuine Draft 400 (1990-1995). Hosted in 2006 were the Michigan 400 and the GFS Marketplace 400.

Michigan International Speedway Visitor Information

Michigan International Speedway contact information: Michigan International Speedway. 12626 US Hwy. 12, Brooklyn, MI (49230). Phone 517/592-6666; toll-free 800/354-1010. www.mispeedway.com.

Michigan International Speedway security: Fans may enter the facility with one soft-sided container (cooler, diaper bag, etc.), 6 x 6 x 12 inches or smaller, and one clear plastic bag, 18 x 18 x 4 inches or smaller (no ice or freezer packs in this bag); binoculars, scanners, etc., with straps; and seat cushions. Glass containers, strollers, umbrellas, bicycles, and pets are prohibited.

Michigan International Speedway parking: Park and enter the facility area based on the side of the track closest to your seats. On race day, traffic control will prevent you from circling the track, so choose a route that puts you on the correct side from the get-go. A free tram service gets fans to the grandstands.

Michigan International Speedway first aid: Emergency medical/air ambulance support teams stand by at the track. Physicians staff on-site care centers beneath the grandstands. The Infield Care Center is open 24 hours a day on race weekends.

Michigan International Speedway concessions: Souvenir and concession stands are scattered within the raceway; some concessionaires sell ice. For essentials, visit Buddy’s Mini-Mart, which operates convenience stores in the infield and Brooklyn Highway Campground. Buddy’s sells firewood, pop, beer, ice, diapers, and propane (tank trade-ins). Note that Michigan prohibits the sale of beer before noon on Sunday, so stock up beforehand.

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New Hampshire International Speedway

New Hampshire International Speedway hosts two NASCAR races each year on its oval track.
New Hampshire International Speedway hosts two NASCAR races each year on its oval track.

New Hampshire International Speedway -- sometimes referred to as "Loudon" in respect to the town in which it resides -- has hosted NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series races since 1993. It started out with only one race a year, but added a second date in 1997. Inside Loudon's oval track is a 1.6-mile road course that hosts motorcycle, sports car, and karting events.

NASCAR races that have been run on New Hampshire International Speedway's oval include the Slick 50 300 (1993-1995), the Jiffy Lube 300 (1996-1999), and the New Hampshire 300 (2001-2002). The New England 300 returned for 2006 after a stint in 2001-2003, and the Sylvania 300 -- the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup -- has been run there since 2003.

New Hampshire International Speedway Visitor Information

New Hampshire International Speedway contact information: New Hampshire International Speedway. 1122 Rte. 106 N, Loudon, NH (03307). Phone 603/783-4931. www.nhis.com.

New Hampshire International Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the New Hampshire International Speedway layout.

New Hampshire International Speedway security: Coolers 14 inches and under in all dimensions are permitted. No glass containers, transporters, umbrellas, bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, or pets are allowed. Unregistered motorcycles, mopeds, private golf carts, ATVs, and scooters are not allowed.

New Hampshire International Speedway parking: Parking is free for cars. Shuttle buses are offered at lots off the property. Parking is available for self-contained RVs and campers at $100 each if you order tickets before July 1 (after July 1, $125). RVs and campers must have self-contained bathroom and water facilities. No tents allowed.

New Hampshire International Speedway first aid: First-aid stations are located in the main, Concord, and Laconia grandstands. Concord Hospital Level Two Trauma Center in the infield is for serious medical attention. Concord Hospital (250 Pleasant St., Concord, phone 603/225-2711) is located about 14 miles from the Speedway.

New Hampshire International Speedway concessions: Concession stands feature staples like burgers, hot dogs, chicken, sausage, and ice cream. You’ll often find restrooms right next to concession stands. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the shade under the grandstand. On race days, the area behind the grandstands is packed with souvenir trailers.

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Phoenix International Raceway

Phoenix International Raceway is noted for its curved backstretch, called "the dogleg."
Phoenix International Raceway is noted for its curved backstretch, called "the dogleg."

Phoenix International Raceway, commonly known as "PIR," opened in 1964 but didn't host a NASCAR race until the Checker 500 in 1988. Though generally described as a tri-oval, the corners at each end of the track are of a different radius, and the backstretch contains a distinct bend known as "the dogleg."

Other races run there over the years have included the Pyroil 500 (1991-1992) and the Dura Lube 500 (1995-1996). Two races were on the 2006 calendar: the SUBWAY Fresh 500, which has been there since 2005, and the Checker Auto Parts 500, run there since 2001. These "500" races go for 500 kilometers, or 312 miles.

Phoenix International Raceway Visitor Information

Phoenix International Raceway contact information: Phoenix International Raceway. 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ (85323). Phone 623/772-2000. www.phoenixintlraceway.com.

Phoenix International Raceway security: Forget about hard-sided coolers, thermoses, and insulated cups. Each fan is allowed one soft-sided bag or cooler, no larger than 6 x 6 x 12 inches, i.e., a soft-sided insulated cooler, scanner bag, fanny pack, purse, diaper bag, or binocular bag. You’re also allowed one clear plastic bag each, no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches. Coolers may contain ice, but clear plastic bags may not. Bring binoculars, scanners, headsets, and cameras separately, not in a bag. Make sure seat cushions don’t have hollow metal tube construction. Strollers, umbrellas, scooters, skateboards, and pets are prohibited.

Phoenix International Raceway parking: If you arrive early to avoid traffic, you’ll be tempted to grab a spot close to the entrance. Park near the exit and you’ll avoid the inevitable bottlenecks getting out. Better yet, take the Park-N-Ride shuttle. Shuttles are waved through traffic jams in and out of parking lots. Get there off the Interstate 10 at the 83rd Avenue exit; go north to Cricket Pavilion (2121 N. 83rd Ave.), between McDowell Road and Thomas Road; enter Park-N-Ride parking from the 83rd Avenue entrance.

Phoenix International Raceway first aid: Registered nurses man three fully equipped care centers: beneath section CC of the Jimmy Bryan Grandstand, under the Oasis building outside of Turn 2, and in the infield. The raceway is partnered with Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (925 E. McDowell Rd., phone toll-free 800/254-HELP), which is just under 20 miles away.

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Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway is the only triangular-shaped track in NASCAR racing.
Pocono Raceway is the only triangular-shaped track in NASCAR racing.

Pocono Raceway in eastern Pennsylvania is unique on the NASCAR circuit in that it's the only track that's distinctly triangular in shape. Its three corners each have a different radius and banking angle, which complicates things for drivers and chassis tuners alike.

Since opening its gates to NASCAR in 1974, Pocono has played host to a number of different races, including the Purolator 500 (1974-1976), the Coca-Cola 500 (1977-1980), the Summer 500 (1985-1987), the Miller High Life/Genuine Draft 500 (1986-1995), the AC Spark Plug 500 (1988-1990), and the Champion Spark Plug 500 (1991-1993). Since 1997, however, it has hosted the same two races: the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500.

Pocono Raceway Visitor Information

Pocono Raceway contact information: Pocono Raceway. Long Pond Rd., Long Pond, PA (18334). Phone 570/646-2300; toll-free 800/RACEWAY or 800/722-3929. www.poconoraceway.com.

Pocono Raceway diagram: Download a PDF of the Pocono Raceway layout.

Pocono Raceway security: In the grandstands, coolers can be no larger than 12 x 12 x 12 inches; glass containers are prohibited. In the overnight parking areas, prohibited items include tent camping, pets, ground fires, fireworks, weapons, ATVs, motorcycles, mopeds, golf carts, and utility vehicles.

Pocono Raceway parking: There is free daytime parking in lots along Long Pond Road, with shuttle service to the raceway entrance. Parking is also available in the infield for campers and for fans who buy a one-day infield ticket. Handicapped parking is available next to the bus parking area, behind the grandstands.

Pocono Raceway first aid: There are three first-aid centers: near the grandstands, in the paddock, and in the infield. Trauma doctors, nurses, and ambulances are on-site during the day. At night, physicians’ assistants, paramedics, and ambulances are available. The paddock and infield treatment centers are open 24 hours a day. Medical services are supplied by Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, a level-one trauma hospital.

Pocono Raceway concessions: Food and souvenir stands are located at each spectator viewing area and each overnight parking area.

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Richmond International Raceway

Richmond International Raceway is renowned for conducting its races at night under the lights.
Richmond International Raceway is renowned for conducting its races at night under the lights.

Richmond International Raceway has been known for running its events at night ever since lights were installed in the early '90s. A NASCAR track since 1­953, it was originally a half-mile oval, being reconfigur­ed in 1988 to its current .75-mile length.

Races hosted during its long history include the Richmond 250/400/500 (1962-1983), the Capital City 300/400/500 (1962-1980), the Wrangler Sanforset 400 (1981-1985), the Miller High Life/Genuine Draft 400 (1984-1995),­ and the Pontiac Excitement 400 (1988-2003). In 2006 it hosted the Richmond 400 and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. These "400" races run 400 laps, equal to 300 miles. ­

Richmond International Raceway Visitor Information

Richmond International Raceway contact information: Richmond International Raceway. 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA (23222). Phone toll-free 866-455-RACE (7223). www.rir.com.

Richmond International Raceway diagram: Download a PDF of the Richmond International Raceway layout.

Richmond International Raceway parking: There is extensive free parking -- sometimes far from the track -- with tram service from Lots H and J. The service resumes 45 minutes after the checkered flag to give fans walking to their cars a chance to clear the paths. Be patient if you want to hitch a ride. Parking overnight on the raceway is prohibited Thursday and Friday of event weeks except for the RV lot, which has some hook-ups. The waiting list for those spots is a couple of years long. Call the track about availability. The raceway operates shuttle buses from the Richmond Coliseum (N. 7th St.) downtown beginning at 1 p.m. on NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series days, but few fans take advantage of them.

Richmond International Raceway first aid: First-aid and care centers are located outside of Turn 1 near Gate 40 and outside of Turn 4 near Gate 70.

Getting around Richmond International Raceway: The earlier you leave for the track, the less traffic you’ll encounter, right? Not exactly. Richmond aims to keep people entertained all day, with a midway, a fan festival, and live music prior to the race, so many fans get to the track early. Allow plenty of time. Several winding streets leading to the track will be one-way only on race days, so use the detailed city map or download the traffic map from the Web site, www.rir.com. Expect Laburnum Avenue leading to the main gate to be the most congested. Consider taking I-64 to I-295, exit 177, to Meadowbridge Road, exit 38B, which can be faster.­

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Talladega Superspeedway

When it opened, Tallageda Superspeedway was boycotted because drivers thought the track was too fast. Restrictor plates are now required.
When it opened, Tallageda Superspeedway was boycotted because drivers thought the track was too fast. Restrictor plates are now required.

Talladega Superspeedway was the biggest, fastest track on the NASCAR circuit when it opened its gates in 1969 as the Alabama International Motor Speedway. In fact, many drivers thought it was too fast, questioning its rough racing surface and whether contemporary tires could withstand the speeds.

As a result, some of the top drivers boycotted the inaugural running of the Talladega 500. Speeds at the track again became a concern in 1987 when Bill Elliott set the NASCAR record for the fastest qualifying lap at more than 212 mph. The following year, NASCAR mandated that cars run restrictor plates at Talladega and Daytona to reduce speeds to a safer level, and no driver has since threatened the record.

Over the years, the speedway has hosted the Talladega 500 (1969-1987), the Winston 500 (1971-1993), and the Diehard 500 (1990-2000). Two races were run in 2006: the Aaron's 499 and the UAW-Ford 500.

Talladega Superspeedway Visitor Information

Talladega Superspeedway contact information: Talladega Superspeedway. 3366 Speedway Blvd., Talladega, AL (35160). Phone toll-free 877/Go2-DEGA (462-3342). www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

Talladega Superspeedway security: One soft-sided cooler or insulated bag, 6 x 6 x 12 inches or smaller, is allowed per ticket holder. One clear plastic bag, 18 x 18 x 4 inches, is also allowed. Food and beverages are allowed; no glass containers. Binoculars, radio scanners and cameras with neck straps and belt clips, and seat cushions are allowed. Prepare to be searched.

Talladega Superspeedway parking: Day parking is free. During race week, day parking lots open at 7 a.m. (Thurs-Fri), 5 a.m. (Sat-Sun). Lots must be cleared out before dark; overnight parking in North Park, West Park C, and Family Park. For information on parking packages for RVs and other vehicles, phone the ticket office, toll-free 877/Go2-DEGA (462-3342).

Talladega Superspeedway first aid: There are seven first-aid stations around the track area: at entrance plazas 4 and 8; two behind Allison Grandstand; one near North campground; one near West Park C, and one next to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Garage. Citizens Baptist Medical Center (604 Stone Ave., phone 256/362-8111) is about 15 miles from the track.

Talladega Superspeedway concessions: Stands are located throughout the grandstands on the front stretch and backstretch. While you’ll find souvenirs at the north end of the front stretch, Talladega old-timers will tell you to buy your heart out on Souvenir Row, where semi-trucks dedicated to individual drivers line the parking lot.

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Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway has the same track layout as Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Texas Motor Speedway has the same track layout as Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Texas Motor Speedway, located in the northeast corner of Texas in the city of Fort Worth, is very similar in layout to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway; all three are 1.5-mile ovals with 24-degree banking in the turns.

Since opening in 1996, Texas Motor Speedway has hosted a number of different NASCAR races, including the Interstate Batteries 500 (1997), the Texas 500 (1998), the Primestar 500 (1999), the DirecTV 500 (2000), and the Harrah's 500 (2001). On the 2006 schedule were the Dickies 500, run since 2005, and the Samsung/Radio Shack 500, which had been a mainstay since 2002.

Texas Motor Speedway Visitor Information

Texas Motor Speedway contact information: Texas Motor Speedway. 3601 Hwy. 114, Fort Worth, TX (76247). Phone 817/215-8500. www.texasmotorspeedway.com. (The speedway is located in a part of Fort Worth that was formerly Justin. If using an online mapping service, try entering both Justin and Fort Worth.)

Texas Motor Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Texas Motor Speedway layout.

Texas Motor Speedway security: Each ticket holder may bring in a cooler, but it must be no larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches. Glass containers, strollers, umbrellas, and other items that might obscure views are prohibited. Backpacks and fannypacks are allowed, but subject to searches. A security trailer is located across from the South Tunnel on Allison Avenue between Lone Star and Victory circles.

Texas Motor Speedway parking: There are 60,000 unmarked free parking spots around the track, as well as an additional 20,000 paved ones. Use the numbered towers and gates on the track to mentally mark your location. Handicapped parking is on the front- and back-stretches, as well as in additional free lots. Campers receive two parking passes -- one for an RV and one for a personal vehicle. If your car breaks down or you lock your keys in your car, go to the security trailer and notify a security representative. Can’t find your car? Security will drive you around in a golf cart to help you locate it.

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Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen International is a road course that allows for higher speeds than Infineon Raceway, another road course.
Watkins Glen International is a road course that allows for higher speeds than Infineon Raceway, another road course.

Watkins Glen International, known for much of its history as simply "The Glen," is a road course in western New York state that has played host to numerous forms of racing. As one of only two road courses on the NASCAR schedule, it features more turns (11 vs. 10) than the other road course, Infineon Raceway, but The Glen's lengthy 2.45-mile distance allows far higher lap speeds.

Though the first NASCAR race was held at The Glen in 1957, a seven-year hiatus followed before races were run in 1964 and 1965, after which they weren't held there again until 1986. "The Bud at the Glen" was run from 1986 through 1998, and in recent years, the track has played host to the "Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen."

Watkins Glen International Visitor Information

Watkins Glen International contact information: Watkins Glen International. 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY (14891). Phone toll-free 866/461-RACE (7223). www.theglen.com.

Watkins Glen International diagram: Download a PDF of the Watkins Glen International layout.

Watkins Glen International security: One soft-sided cooler up to 6 x 6 x 12 inches is permitted; food and beverages are also permitted. Fans may also carry in one clear plastic bag no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, which may contain cameras, binoculars, scanners, or other items. Prohibited items include strollers, umbrellas, thermoses, and insulated cups. All items are subject to search.

Watkins Glen International parking: Free during the day. Shuttle buses run from downtown Watkins Glen as well as from Corning and Elmira. Long-distance shuttles are planned from Rochester and Syracuse. The road track means fans can buy a general admission ticket and walk around to different areas without having an assigned seat (favorite seats are at the starting line and Turn 11, a tight turn with lots of spinouts).

Watkins Glen International first aid: A fully staffed medical center is located within the race course on Finger Lakes Road, between Tompkins and Richardson roads. Corning Hospital (176 Denison Pkwy. E, Corning, phone 607/937-7200) is about 18 miles southwest of Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen International concessions: Each grandstand has its own restrooms and concession stands, reducing wait times.

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