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NASCAR Cup Series Tracks

Track Types, Similar Tracks and Track Groupings

PRO TIP: Grouping similar NASCAR tracks is a useful fantasy NASCAR strategy during driver statistical research to create a larger, more recent pool of data. View the complete list of Current NASCAR Cup Series tracks or the list of Historical NASCAR Cup Series tracks.

  • Track Grouping Concepts
  • NASCAR handicappers create track groupings to create more driver data to guide their decisions. Here are four track groupings and their destinctions that match them up with other tracks.

NASCAR Track Groupings

NASCAR has traditionally grouped tracks together strictly by their size.

SHORT TRACK

An oval racetrack that is less than 1 mile in length.

  • Bristol
  • Dover
  • Martinsville
  • ISM Raceway
  • Richmond
INTERMEDIATE TRACK

An oval that is greater than 1 mile in length, but less than 2 miles in length.

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Chicagoland
  • Darlington
  • Homestead
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Las Vegas
  • New Hampshire
  • Texas
SUPERSPEEDWAY

A racetrack that is greater than 2 miles in length.

  • Daytona
  • Auto Club
  • Indianapolis
  • Michigan
  • Pocono
  • Talladega
ROAD COURSE

A racing circuit comprised of left- and right-hand turns, as opposed to an oval which is comprised exclusively of left-hand turns.

  • Roval
  • Sonoma
  • Watkins Glen

AccuPredict Track Groupings

AccuPredict groups tracks together based on statistical analysis determining the best correlations.

FLAT TRACKS
  • Indianapolis
  • ISM Raceway
  • Martinsville
  • New Hampshire
  • Pocono
  • Richmond
STEEP TRACKS
  • Bristol
  • Darlington
  • Dover
  • Homestead-Miami
  • Las Vegas
LARGE OVAL TRACKS
  • Atlanta
  • Auto Club
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Texas
ROAD COURSE
  • Roval
  • Sonoma
  • Watkins Glen
RESTRICTOR PLATE
  • Daytona
  • Talladega

Athlon Sports Track Groupings

Athlon Sports groups tracks together based on size and track banking.

SHORT TRACKS
  • Bristol
  • Martinsville
  • Richmond
FLAT TRACKS
  • Indianapolis
  • New Hampshire
  • ISM Raceway
  • Pocono
ROAD COURSE
  • Roval
  • Sonoma
  • Watkins Glen
RESTRICTOR PLATE
  • Daytona
  • Talladega
INTERMEDIATE TRACKS
  • Atlanta
  • Auto Club
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Darlington
  • Dover
  • Homestead-Miami
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Las Vegas
  • Michigan
  • Texas

Chris Harris Track Groupings

Christopher Harris groups tracks together based on size and track banking. Chris' article while writing for ESPN, was the foundation for my initial usage and respect for similar track groups. I call Mr. Harris the "Godfather" because his article opened my eyes to the beauty and benefit of track groupings. Thanks Chris!

RESTRICTOR PLATE

There are only two restrictor plate tracks on the NASCAR circuit. Both Daytona & Talladega use horsepower-zapping plates over the carburetors to limit the amount of air coming into the engine. The entire race is run in a tight-pack of traffic. The team that gets their car too handle the best in this traffic (and that has luck on their side that day) usually do the best.

  • Daytona
  • Talladega
ROAD COURSE

There are only three road courses on the NASCAR circuit. In the past it used to be the 'road course ringers' that were brought in by teams to replace their regular 'go fast, turn left' driver. Not so anymore. Although some 'ringers' still run for a few start-up teams or those flirting with falling out of the top-35 in points, most all of the NASCAR regulars have gotten adept at racing the road courses.

  • Roval
  • Sonoma
  • Watkins Glen
FLAT BANKED TRACKS

These four 'flat' tracks range in banking from 2° to 14° and vary in length from .526 miles to 1.058 miles. And while not a universal statement of 'good at one then good at all' of these tracks is true, the relative similar flatness of these tracks does create a similar racing style and patience needed by the driver. As well, it is important that the teams hit on the set-up of the car to give it the ability to turn well in the turns.

  • Martinsville
  • New Hampshire
  • ISM Raceway
  • Richmond
SHALLOW BANKED TRACKS

These two tracks are shallow-banked, but they're much larger than the 'Flat Banked' group, so they warrant their own category. The Brickyard in Indy obviously requires a lot of horsepower, but it's a shallow-banked place, so it's not at all an equivalent of your superspeedways. Pocono is a tri-cornered place set up to run partly like a speedway and partly like a road course; teams tend to set their cars up to work best off of Turn 3, the 6° turn, which is why we find that racers who do well at shallow Indy tend to do well at Pocono.

  • Indianapolis
  • Pocono
STEEP BANKED TRACKS

Steep tracks that don't adhere to the cookie-cutter formula, and they're certainly the loosest group on this list. Bristol is often referred to as a "mini-Dover" (or, rather, Dover is referred to as a "Big Bristol"); at 36°, Bristol is the steepest-banked joint on the circuit. Dover is concrete, and the high torque and aggressive driving styles that work on one usually work on the other. Same for the new configuration of Homestead, which used to be a flat track, but acquired some steep corners a few years ago. That grouping of three has worked pretty well for us in the past. The wild cards here are Darlington and Las Vegas. Darlington is definitely steep-banked enough to qualify for this group, but its sandpaper racing surface and difficult, narrow exits out of the turns make it its own animal. Darlington also encourages sliding out of the corners, which gives it something in common with Texas, among others. Meanwhile, like Homestead, Las Vegas Motor Speedway used to be a flat track, until its owners rebuilt the track's turns in the fall of 2006. Now its configuration is something like the new Homestead.

  • Bristol
  • Darlington
  • Dover
  • Homestead-Miami
  • Las Vegas
COOKIE-CUTTER TRACKS

Other than perhaps the road courses and superspeedways, this is the tightest grouping, because these cousin cookie-cutters are damn well near identical. If a guy dominates one, it's often safe to assume he's going to perform quite well at the others.

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Texas
ODD FIVE TRACKS

This isn't a straight-up fivesome. The tracks which bear the most similarity are the two 2-milers, Fontana and Michigan. They're both Penske creations, and while the Fontana venue doesn't get the winters that the Michigan track does, they still ride relatively similarly. Kentucky and Chicagoland both have single events each year, and are basically stand-alone tracks. Kansas, Kentucky and Chicagoland all bear a semi-strong resemblance. Yes, Kansas, Kentucky and Chicagoland are all 1.5-milers, but they really don't resemble the Atlanta-Charlotte-Texas triumvirate.

  • Chicagoland
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Fontana
  • Michigan
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  • AP: AccuPredict
  • AT: Athlon Sports
  • H: Chris Harris
  • TRACKS (black boxes)
  • TRACK TYPES (blue boxes)

Auto Club

  • Intermediate (AT)
  • Large Oval (AP)
  • Odd-5 (H)
  • Superspeedway (N)

2.00

Bristol

  • Short Track (N, AT)
  • Steep Track (AP, H)

0.53

Chicago

  • Intermediate (N, AT)
  • Large Oval (AP)
  • Odd-5 (H)

1.50

Darlington

  • Intermediate (N, AT)
  • Steep Track (AP, H)

1.37

Daytona

  • Restrictor Plate (AP, AT, H)
  • Superspeedway (N)

2.50

Dover

  • Intermediate (N, AT)
  • Short Track (N)
  • Steep Track (AP, H)

1.00

Homestead

  • Intermediate (N, AT)
  • Steep Track (AP, H)

1.50

Indy

  • Flat Track (AP, AT)
  • Shallow Track (H)
  • Superspeedway (N)

2.50

ISM

  • Flat Track (AP, AT, H)
  • Short Track (N)

1.00

Kansas

  • Intermediate (N, AT)
  • Large Oval (AP)
  • Odd-5 (H)

1.50

Kentucky

  • Intermediate (N, AT)
  • Large Oval (AP)
  • Odd-5 (H)

1.50

Martinsville

  • Flat Track (AP, H)
  • Short Track (N, AT)

0.53

Michigan

  • Intermediate (AT)
  • Large Oval (AP)
  • Odd-5 (H)
  • Superspeedway (N)

2.00

N Hampshire

  • Flat Track (AP, AT, H)
  • Intermediate (N, AT)

1.06

Pocono

  • Flat Track (AP, AT)
  • Shallow Track (H)
  • Superspeedway (N)

2.50

Richmond

  • Flat Track (AP, H)
  • Short Track (N, AT)

0.75

Roval

  • Road Course (ALL)

2.28

Sonoma

  • Road Course (ALL)

2.52

Talladega

  • Restrictor Plate (AP, AT, H)
  • Superspeedway (N)

2.66

Vegas

  • Intermediate (N, AT)
  • Steep Track (AP, H)

1.50

Watkins Glen

  • Road Course (ALL)

2.45

Flat

  • 6 Tracks (see note)

Accupredict

Flat

  • 4 Tracks (see note)

Athlon

Flat

  • 4 Tracks (see note)

Harris

Intermediate

  • 10 Tracks (see note)

NASCAR

Intermediate

  • 12 Tracks (see note)

Athlon

Large Oval

  • 8 Tracks (see note)

Accupredict

Odd-5

  • 5 Tracks (see note)

Harris

Restrictor Plate

  • 2 Tracks (see note)

Accupredict

Restrictor Plate

  • 2 Tracks (see note)

Athlon

Restrictor Plate

  • 2 Tracks (see note)

Harris

Road Course

  • 3 Tracks (see note)

All

Shallow

  • 2 Tracks (see note)

Harris

Short

  • 5 Tracks (see note)

NASCAR

Short

  • 3 Tracks (see note)

Athlon

Steep

  • 5 Tracks (see note)

Accupredict

Steep

  • 5 Tracks (see note)

Harris

Superspeedway

  • 6 Tracks (see note)

NASCAR