After getting to grips with the scoring system (and gaining your PhD in Mathematics from Cambridge University!), it is important to learn about the different NASCAR track types.
Certain NASCAR constructors thrive on very specific tracks or surfaces, but there are four main NASCAR track types to look out for on the 2017 calendar.
NASCAR Track Types
Short tracks offer the smallest margins for error but demand plenty of speed and power. They are, theoretically, the most challenging. Notable short tracks include Bristol, Tennessee, and Ridgeway, Virginia.
The latter is home of Martinsville Speedway, which was once notorious for having two (highly disruptive) pit lanes. To this day, it is unique for having concrete on the turns, instead of asphalt. As a result, Martinsville demands the very best control at corners!
Intermediate tracks are around 1.5 miles in length. It is best suited to all-rounders.
Some particularly well-known Intermediate tracks include Concord, North Carolina and Homestead, Miami. As mentioned in part 2, Homestead is the location of the season finale, where a champion is crowned.
Meanwhile, Charlotte Motor Speedway (in Concord) annually hosts the Coca Cola 600. A respected part of the calendar, ts length is unrivalled.
Unsurprisingly, a high top speed and good fuel efficiency is the order of the day. There is a lot of license to roam on these tracks, with some unfancied drivers producing shocks being down the years.
Even to NASCAR novices, Daytona and Indianapolis may ring a few bells.
Superspeedway (Restrictor Plate)
Though Daytona is the ideal locale for an entertaining season opener, it is one of two Superspeedway tracks that falls into the subtype of Restrictor Plate.
For safety reasons, authorities ensure that teams fir restrictor plates to NASCAR vehicles at Daytona and Talladega. Restrictor plates decrease horsepower, and prevent the car from reaching its highest potential speed.
There are only two road tracks on the NASCAR calendar. They are in Sonoma, California and Watkins Glen, New York. Instead of being oval, the tracks are more like an F1 circuit, with left and right turns.
In Part 4, we look at the key drivers under each constructor. Stay tuned!