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Track Types and Groupings

DFS NASCAR players, handicappers and fantasy players that group tracks with similarities have more data from more races to make better decisions. Here are the current tracks on the schedule and the defunct or inactive tracks.

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Track Type and Grouping Ideas

I've collected some track groupings for you to compare. These groupings come from my site (frcs.pro), ifantasyrace.com, driveraverages.com and NASCAR.

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Flat Tracks

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Martinsville Speedway
  • Nashville Superspeedway
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Phoenix Raceway
  • Pocono Raceway
  • Richmond Raceway

The 'Flat' NASCAR tracks are Indianapolis, Martinsville, Nashville, New Hampshire, Phoenix, Pocono and Richmond. Indianapolis and Pocono were originally grouped as 'Shallow' Tracks. But, the pair provided little statistical data at only three races per year. Therefore, they were grouped into the 'Flat' Tracks category. As a result, the results for eight-race averages show improvement in all Flat Track correlations. Pocono in particular is better correlated with this grouping of Flat Tracks.

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Large Oval Tracks

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Auto Club Speedway
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Chicagoland Speedway
  • Kansas Speedway
  • Kentucky Speedway
  • Michigan International Speedway
  • Texas Motor Speedway

The 'Large Oval' NASCAR tracks are Atlanta, California, Charlotte, Chicago, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas. This grouping of tracks show a fairly tight clustering of the curves and improved correlations for each of the member tracks with average finishes over other groupings these tracks get placed in.

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Restrictor Plate Tracks

  • Daytona International Speedway
  • Talladega Superspeedway

The 'Road Course' NASCAR tracks are unique from all other tracks as well as each other. Still, we choose to group them together for statistical comparisons.

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Road Course Tracks

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Daytona Road Course
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Road America
  • Sonoma Raceway
  • Watkins Glen International

The 'Tapered Spacer' (aka 'Restrictor Plate') NASCAR tracks are Daytona and Talladega. The restrictor plate is gone, but the combination of tapered spacer, larger spoiler, larger splitter and aero ducts give us the same close pack racing.

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Steep Tracks

  • Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt)
  • Darlington Raceway
  • Dover International Speedway
  • Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The 'Steep' NASCAR tracks are Bristol, Bristol (Dirt), Darlington, Dover, Homestead-Miami and Las Vegas.

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High Speed / Technical RC

  • Watkins Glen International

FRCS

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High Speed RC

  • Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Road America

FRCS

Granular

Non-Technical RC

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Daytona Road Course
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

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Technical RC

  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Sonoma Raceway

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Primary Similar Tracks

Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • Auto Club Speedway
  • Darlington Raceway
  • Homestead Miami Speedway

Track Type: 1.5 mile High Tire Wear Intermediate

Track Note: Atlanta is a D-shaped oval where tires wear out extremely quick.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Auto Club Speedway

  • Darlington Raceway
  • Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Michigan International Speedway

Track Type: 2.0 mile High Tire Wear Intermediate

Track Note: Auto Club is a two-mile oval like Michigan, but the track surface is very different. Tire-wear is a big factor at this venue.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Bristol Motor Speedway

  • No true similar track, study Bristol Motor Speedway as a unique track.

Track Type: Short

Track Note: Study Bristol as a unique track.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt)

  • No true similar track, study Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt) as a unique track.

Track Type: Short

Track Note: First dirt race by NASCAR's premiere series since 1970. View it as unique, and don’t count on "Bristol Not-Dirt" to have a lot of correlation.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • Kansas Speedway
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Texas Motor Speedway

Track Type: 1.5 mile Intermediate

Track Note: Charlotte is a D-shaped oval like Atlanta and Texas. At Atlanta tire wear is extreme and at Texas it’s minimal. Charlotte is in the middle of the tire wear spectrum.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course

  • Daytona Road Course
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Track Type: Road Course

Track Note: Among the road courses, focus on studying "Rovals" for fantasy preparation but don’t neglect overall road course racing prowess.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Circuit of the Americas

  • Road America
  • Sonoma Raceway
  • Watkins Glen International

Track Type: Road Course

Track Note: Make sure you study drivers overall road course racing prowess.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Darlington Raceway

  • No true similar track, study Darlington Raceway as a unique track.

Track Type: Skill Intermediate

Track Note: Study Darlington as a unique track.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Daytona International Speedway

  • Talladega Superspeedway

Track Type: Plate

Track Note: Daytona and Talladega are plate tracks but they race differently. Daytona is much more narrow and Talladega is a lot wider.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Daytona Road Course

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Track Type: Road Course

Track Note: For fantasy preparation for the Daytona Road Course I would focus on Rovals, but make sure you don’t overlook overall road course racing prowess.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Dover International Speedway

  • No true similar track, study Dover International Speedway as a unique track.

Track Type: Skill Intermediate

Track Note: Study Dover as a unique track. If you want to make a stretch you can say it’s similar to Darlington and Bristol.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Homestead Miami Speedway

  • Auto Club Speedway
  • Darlington Raceway

Track Type: 1.5 mile High Tire Wear Intermediate

Track Note: Homestead is the most symmetrical 1.5 mile track on the schedule. What makes it a primary similar track to Atlanta and other venues listed is that tire wear is extreme.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Pocono Raceway

Track Type: Big Flat

Track Note: Pocono and Indy are the two big flat tracks on the schedule. I include Auto Club and Michigan as secondary similar tracks because big horse power is key here, and it’s also extremely important at those two venues.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Daytona Road Course

Track Type: Road Course

Track Note: I think Roval's in particular will likely have the highest level of correlation among the road courses.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Kansas Speedway

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Michigan International Speedway

Track Type: 1.5 mile Intermediate

Track Note: I view Kansas as sort of a "mini-Michigan."

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Kansas Speedway

Track Type: 1.5 mile Intermediate

Track Note: Las Vegas is an intermediate track where historically tire-wear hasn’t proven to be a huge issue. Track position is very important here.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Martinsville Speedway

  • No true similar track, study Martinsville Speedway as a unique track.

Track Type: Short

Track Note: Study Martinsville as a unique track. It’s not comparable to any other track on the schedule.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Michigan International Speedway

  • Auto Club Speedway
  • Kansas Speedway

Track Type: 2.0 mile Intermediate

Track Note: To prepare for Michigan study Kansas. It can be viewed as a "Mini-Michigan."

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Nashville Superspeedway

  • No true similar track, study Nashville Superspeedway as a unique track.

Track Type: 1.33 mile Concrete Flat Intermediate

Track Note: Treat it as a 1.5 mile track, but take note it's concrete which in theory means track conditions will have a bigger swing in the race then other 1.5's.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

  • Phoenix Raceway
  • Richmond Raceway

Track Type: Shorter Flat

Track Note: For fantasy preparation for New Hampshire, make sure you study how drivers performed at Richmond and Phoenix.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Phoenix Raceway

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Richmond Raceway

Track Type: Shorter Flat

Track Note: New Hampshire and Richmond are two shorter-flat tracks where the level of correlation should be high. I view Phoenix as sort of a reverse Richmond.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Pocono Raceway

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Track Type: Big Flat

Track Note: Pocono and Indy are the two big flat tracks on the schedule. I include Auto Club and Michigan as secondary similar tracks because big horse power is key here, and it’s also extremely important at those two venues.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Richmond Raceway

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Phoenix Raceway

Track Type: Shorter Flat / Short

Track Note: New Hampshire and Phoenix are the two shorter-flat tracks where the level of correlation should be high. I view Richmond as sort of a reverse Phoenix.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Road America

  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Sonoma Raceway
  • Watkins Glen International

Track Type: Road Course

Track Note: I would focus on studying non-rovals, but don't neglect overall road course racing prowess.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Sonoma Raceway

  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Road America

Track Type: Road Course

Track Note: Sonoma is a very technical road course. Don't neglect studying overall road course racing prowess.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Talladega Superspeedway

  • Daytona International Speedway

Track Type: Plate

Track Note: Daytona and Talladega are plate tracks but they race differently. Daytona is much more narrow and Talladega is a lot wider.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Texas Motor Speedway

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Kansas Speedway
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Track Type: 1.5 mile Intermediate

Track Note: Texas was newly repaved for 2017. Prior races should no longer be considered relevant.

ifantasyrace

Primary Similar Tracks

Watkins Glen International

  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Road America
  • Sonoma Raceway

Track Type: Road Course

Track Note: Watkins Glen is largely a unique track. Study overall road course racing prowess.

ifantasyrace

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Dirt Track

  • Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt)

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Intermediate (1 mile) Track

  • Dover International Speedway
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Phoenix Raceway

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Intermediate (1.5 mile) Track

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Chicagoland Speedway
  • Darlington Raceway
  • Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Kansas Speedway
  • Kentucky Speedway
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Nashville Superspeedway
  • Texas Motor Speedway

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Intermediate (2 mile) Track

  • Auto Club Speedway
  • Michigan International Speedway

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Intermediate (2.5 mile) Track

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Pocono Raceway

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Road Course Track

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Daytona Road Course
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Road America
  • Sonoma Raceway
  • Watkins Glen International

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Short Track

  • Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Martinsville Speedway
  • Richmond Raceway

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Superspeedway Track

  • Daytona International Speedway
  • Talladega Superspeedway

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Common Type

Road Course Track

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Daytona Road Course
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Road America
  • Sonoma Raceway
  • Watkins Glen International

Road course tracks are not typical ovals. In fact, they aren’t ovals at all. Road courses add right turns into the mix, with longer courses that often wind through the surrounding scenery. Circuit of The Americas, Road America, Watkins Glen and Sonoma are the road courses the Cup Series currently visits. The Charlotte Roval and Indianapolis Road Course are a combination road course/oval track.

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Common Type

Short Track

  • Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt)
  • Darlington Raceway
  • Dover International Speedway
  • Martinsville Speedway
  • Nashville Superspeedway
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Phoenix Raceway
  • Richmond Raceway

Short tracks are less than 1 mile in length – count Martinsville Speedway (.526 miles), Bristol Motor Speedway (.533 miles) and Richmond Raceway (.75 miles) in that category for the Cup Series.

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Common Type

Speedway Track

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Auto Club Speedway
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Chicagoland Speedway
  • Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Kansas Speedway
  • Kentucky Speedway
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Michigan International Speedway
  • Pocono Raceway
  • Texas Motor Speedway

Speedway or Intermediate tracks make up the bulk of the NASCAR schedule. Those are defined by any track greater than one mile in length, with the exception of both Daytona and Talladega.

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Common Type

Superspeedway Track

  • Daytona International Speedway
  • Talladega Superspeedway

Daytona International Speedway (2.5 miles) and Talladega Superspeedway (2.66 miles) are the only two tracks NASCAR defines as "superspeedways." Both are humungous ovals, and both have used restrictor plates in the past (and currently tapered spacers) to keep the speed of the car in check.

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Common Shape

D-shaped oval Track

  • Auto Club Speedway
  • Chicagoland Speedway
  • Kansas Speedway
  • Kentucky Speedway
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Michigan International Speedway
  • Richmond Raceway
D-shaped oval

A variation of tri-oval is the "D-shaped oval". Similar to a tri-oval, a D-shaped oval has a straight backstretch, but a long, sweeping frontstretch, giving the circuit a layout resembling the letter D

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Common Shape

Oval Track

  • Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Bristol Motor Speedway (Dirt)
  • Darlington Raceway
  • Dover International Speedway
  • Homestead Miami Speedway
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Martinsville Speedway
  • Nashville Superspeedway
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Oval

A typical oval track consists of two parallel straights, connected by two 180° turns. Although most ovals generally have only two radii curves, they are usually advertised and labeled as four 90° turns. While many oval tracks conform to the traditional symmetrical design, asymmetrical tracks are not uncommon.

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Common Shape

Quad-oval Track

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Texas Motor Speedway
Quad-oval

A tri-oval with a "double dogleg" is often called a "quad-oval". A quad-oval is very similar to a tri-oval in sightlines and layout. One specific feature is that the start-finish line segment actually falls on a straight section, rather than along a curve. The shape has become a signature for Speedway Motorsports, which owns all major quad-ovals in the United States.

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Common Shape

Road Course Track

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Daytona Road Course
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
  • Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Road America
  • Sonoma Raceway
  • Watkins Glen International
Road Course

Road course tracks are not typical ovals. In fact, they aren’t ovals at all. Road courses add right turns into the mix, with longer courses that often wind through the surrounding scenery.

NASCAR Grouping by Track Shape

Common Shape

Tri-Oval Track

  • Daytona International Speedway
  • Phoenix Raceway
  • Pocono Raceway
  • Talladega Superspeedway
Tri-Oval

A tri-oval resembles an isosceles triangle with rounded-off corners. The circuits typically have a straight backstretch, while the main straightaway where the pit area and most grandstands are located, has a "tri-oval" curve (sometimes characterized as a fifth curve) that makes the mainstretch skewed. Tri-ovals have become preferable to track builders as they offer superior sightlines. Generally on tri-ovals the start-finish line is located on the apex of the tri-oval curve.

NASCAR Grouping by Track Shape