Key NASCAR Track Detail Data

2.5 Mile (Flat)

Pocono Raceway – A track shaped as a triangle. The best opportunities for passing are at the end of the straightaways. Pretty straight forward race though with only this being a very hard track to actually pass on. Short pitting sometimes gains you track position later, but depending on cautions, could bite you too. Some drivers will elect to pit before the end of stages and give up stage points to restart up front at the next stage. Definitely a track position circuit.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, William Byron, Aric Almirola
  • Trending Down: Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman.
  • Six of the last eight race winners have come from the top 10. In fact, since 2014, 11 of the 14 Cup Series races have been won from a top 10 starting spot with one of those two not being Chris Buescher’s fluke rain shortened win in 2016.
  • Pocono has rewarded first time winners recently with Chris Buescher and Ryan Blaney earned earning their first career Cup victories on this track since 2016.


2.5/2.66 Mile (Superspeedway)

Talladega Superspeedway – biggest track on the schedule. Track is wide enough to do 3-4 wide all the way around. With tapered spacer, always a pack race to where drafting help is better than outright speed. Only pit strategy is to pit with teammates and have help on and off pit road with them.

Daytona International Speedway – While it’s a superspeedway, it differs from Talladega. It’s .16 miles shorter and not as wide either. The most you can get is 3 wide on this track but even that gets hairy. The race looks like Talladega though in terms of a pack race with similar strategy. It’s more about handling and drafting help rather than outright speed.

  • Top drivers: Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott
  • Trending Down: Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch

WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 05: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 5, 2018 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)


Road Courses

Daytona International Speedway – The newest addition to the NASCAR schedule. A 3.61 mile track makes for longer lap times. Pit strategy is crucial as you’ll see comers and goers. New tires is always faster, so as in all road course races, it’s coming into and out of the pits as to what shapes the running order for in and out laps. Turn 1, the bus stop and front stretch chicane all potential problem areas for drivers.

COTA – Another new track to the schedule. A 20 turn track that has a lot packed inside of it. Lap times will take over 2 minutes. Track has elevation changes, fast corners, slow speed corners and an uphill climb into Turn 1. It’s a combination of Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

Sonoma Raceway – Slower more technical road course on the schedule. More run off space than most other places to where if you get off track, more than likely you’re getting into the sand and not a wall. The final 2 corners and Turn 2 the best passing spots.

Road America – A long 4 mile track that’s similar to COTA. There’s fast sections but also slower braking zones to where you can make passes. Pit strategy going to be key here with such long laps.

Watkins Glen – The superspeedway of road courses. No room for error. Typically big crashes here due to ARMCO barriers lining the track. A good combo of needing speed and handling.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – 1st time the Cup Series will have used the road course layout. It’s a smooth surface but no elevation changes. A couple of long straightaways lead to prime passing zones at the end of them.

Charlotte Motor Speedway – Always an interesting track. A combination of a road course and the oval. You have to have good handling on the infield portion but also can’t give up speed when you get to the oval either.

  • Top Drivers: Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch
  • Trending Down: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch


2 Mile

Michigan International Speedway – The sister track to Fontana, which I didn’t include on here since we didn’t race there this season. The main difference between Michigan and Fontana though is the actual racing surface. Michigan was repaved recently while Fontana has one of the oldest surfaces on the schedule. Like Pocono, Michigan is big enough to pit and not lose a lap so long as you’re running near the midpack on up. That opens up pit strategy calls to give up stage points for track position. There’s enough space to pass, but you have to have great speed as well as handling to get through the long sweeping corners. Can take 2 tires or no tires to make up ground too.

  • Top Drivers: Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson
  • Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott.
  • Since the stage era began in 2017, all eight Michigan races were won by a driver getting stage points in the first stage. Five of the eight opening stages saw the eventual race winner come home in the top three. In 2019, the drivers that won the race ended up giving up Stage points in the second stage and positioning themselves for the win in the end. Not last year, Harvick swept the stages in the first race and took the stage win in Stage 2. The difference was, the race distances were shorter due to being a doubleheader last year.
  • Hendrick Motorsports hasn’t won a race at Michigan since 2014.
  • Toyota hasn’t won at Michigan since 2015 as that’s their lone MIS win in their last 18 tries.
  • Ford has won 6 straight at Michigan.
  • Four of the last five Michigan winners have come from the top three starting spots. Furthermore, 10 of the last 11 have come from the top 12.

HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 24: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24, 2019 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


1.5-Mile (Dogleg)

Atlanta Motor Speedway – Another track that has an aged surface. This one you take 4 tires every time down pit road. Lap times fall off so quickly here, pit strategy in turn comes into play. It’s all about timing your stops perfectly. Pit too early, you’ll have way faster speeds and pass a lot of cars. But, your tires will also wear quicker too as the guys on older tires that pit later still have to pit and will make ground back up. Pit too late, you can risk a blown tire or too slow of lap times to where the guys on newer tires pull too far ahead to catch. With fading tires, there’s plenty of room to pass too which makes Atlanta one of the better races to watch.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott
  • Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Alex Bowman.
  • Ford has won every Cup race in Atlanta since 2017.
  • Don’t look for much out of the Toyota camp. They’ve won just twice in the Peachtree state and have failed to reach victory lane there since 2014.
  • Expect few cautions – we’ve had six or fewer for five straight races including five in each of the last three years.
  • Starting spots matter – 3 of the last 4 started inside of the top 10.

Charlotte Motor Speedway – The track looks similar to Atlanta, but has been repaved more recently. With more grip, tire fall off is a lot less which means pit strategy comes into play with this being a track position event. You can take 2 tires or even no tires on a late race caution/pit stop.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott
  • Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Alex Bowman
  •  The ‘600 has seen a lot of dominance lately. Martin Truex Jr. led 392 of 400 laps in his 2016 win. Kyle Busch followed that up with leading 377 of 400 laps in 2018 only for Truex to lead 116 laps in his win in 2019. Over the last 11 Charlotte oval races, the eventual race winner led at least 91 laps in eight of them with six of those eight leading at least 115 laps.
  • Starting position hasn’t mattered much lately in the ‘600 mile race. Four of the last six race winners have come from a starting spot outside of the top 10 including three of the last five coming from Row 7 or worst.

Texas Motor Speedway – you can take 2 tires or no tires here too. Similar to Charlotte than Atlanta. Turns 1-2 are different than both though with way more room to pass. Still, there’s really only 1 preferred lane around this track, which makes this a track position/pit strategy event.

  • Top Drivers: Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick
  • Trending Down: Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Alex Bowman.
  • Look for the winner to come from the top 6 Rows. 17 of the last 19 and 19 of the last 22 Texas races were won from a top 10 starter.
  • All but two races in the stage era has a driver not won a stage and the race itself. In fact, six of the last eight Texas races saw the eventual winner win or finish second in the second stage at that.


1.5 Mile (D-Shaped)

Kansas Speedway – Paved recently which makes this a very difficult track to pass on too. Outside lane is better, but there is a chance to take the lead from the inside. Mostly a restart/track position track. You can gamble on 2 tires or depending on how late you are in the race, 0 tires. Clean air is key here.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Alex Bowman
  • Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick.
  • Toyota has won half of the last eight Kansas races including two of the last three.
  • The eventual race winner scored stage points in every first stage under the stage era and finished in the top five in five of the eight races in Stage 2. The odd thing is, just once has the eventual race winner at Kansas actually won a stage in that race too.
  • Five of the last eight Kansas winners have come from the top four of the starting lineup.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Exact same as Kansas. You’ll see similar races at both. The only odd ball that can occur in these races are fluke cautions in the middle of pit sequences. Everything else is determined by track position.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson
  • Trending Down: Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, William Byron.
  • Over the last 11 Cup races in Vegas, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano have combined to win nine of them. Also, Penske, SHR and JGR/Furniture Row have won the 11 of the last 13 Vegas races. The last non team of them to win other than Kurt Busch’s triumph with Chip Ganassi Racing last Fall? Roush/Fenway Racing (Carl Edwards) in 2011 and Hendrick Motorsports (Kyle Larson) in March.
  • Here’s a strange but true stat, the second stage winner at Vegas has won six times and was fifth in another in seven tries. Kurt Busch snuck up and stole a win last Fall to how this streak ended. Chase Elliott swept both stages last year before cutting a tire in this race in the closing laps.
  • 21 of the last 23 Cup races in Vegas resulted in a past champion winning. The only non title winner to have won at Vegas? Carl Edwards (twice) and Kyle Larson (2021).


1.5 Mile (Straightforward)

Homestead-Miami Speedway – Similar to Atlanta in the sense this is an abrasive track. 4 tires need taken on every stop which makes this race less about pit strategy in terms of what to do on pit road, but everything about when you pit. Has enough lanes available to pass on which makes this normally an entertaining race.

  • Top Drivers: Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron
  • Trending Down: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman.
  • NASCAR began using stage breaks in their races in 2017, the eventual race winner of the Cup Series race on the South Florida 1.5 mile track has finished in the top five of every stage run. They’re 9-for-9. William Byron won Stage 2 and was fourth in Stage 1. Denny Hamlin won last year’s race and swept both stages. Kyle Busch won the year prior and was 3rd and 1st in the two stages. Joey Logano was victorious in 2018 and was fourth and third respectively himself. Martin Truex Jr. was fifth and second respectively in his win in 2017.
  • 7 of the last 9 races at Homestead have been won from a driver coming from a top five starting spot.
  • Don’t expect overtime – 14 of the last 15 Homestead races ended on Lap 267.


1.33 Mile

Darlington Raceway – Similar to Homestead and Atlanta, but this racing package and not as much room to pass with, makes this race tough to watch. With a less downforce package, cars slip and slide around which in turn allows for passing. The high downforce package makes cars more stable. This is a pit call race with varying strategies like Homestead and Atlanta.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola
  • Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Cole Custer.
  • The last eight winners have come from a starting spot outside of the top five.
  • Just the second time in 17 years that we’ve had multiple races run on the 1.33-mile South Carolina oval.
  • Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick swept both Darlington races last May and have won five of the last nine on the Lady in Black too.

Nashville Superspeedway – The concrete track is back. This is a combo between a 1.5-mile track and Dover/Bristol. It’s an all concrete track that in the past, led to some one groove racing. The Cup cars have never raced here before, so it will all be new. Expectations are high but no one knows yet what we would be about to witness. There’s no trends or drivers to watch here since we’ve yet to have a Cup race in Nashville.


AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 14: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonalds Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, Lead the field during the NASCAR Cup Series Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 14, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


1 Mile

New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Flat track with long straightaways. Can pass on the inside lane but the high lane around the track isn’t ideal. Track position key here. Most similar to Martinsville and Phoenix.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr.
  • Trending Down: Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Alex Bowman.
  • Chevrolet has one win in its last 14 New Hampshire starts.
  • Starting position hasn’t matter much at New Hampshire like it has elsewhere. Five of the last eight New Hampshire winners have come from a starting spot outside of the top 12.

Phoenix Raceway – The best comparison to Phoenix is likely Richmond. While Richmond is .25 miles shorter than Phoenix, they’re pretty close in shape and have similar corners. New Hampshire is another track that you can use past notes or data on with that being a 1 mile flat track.

  • Top Drivers: Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott
  • Trending Down: Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon.
  • Starting position matters here. Six of the last seven Phoenix winners have come from a top 10 starting spot. In fact, 10 of the last 13 have started in the first 5 Rows.
  • While we’ve seen some long green flag runs and only one overtime finish in the last seven races, expect a late race caution still. Six of the last 11 races have seen a finale green flag stretch to the finish of three or less laps.
  • Also, the driver to win the spring race in Phoenix has only went on to win the series championship just three times – Terry Labonte (1984), Dale Earnhardt (1990) and Jeff Gordon (1995). That may not bode well for Sunday’s victor.

Dover International Speedway – Most banked among the 3. Also a concrete track that makes it vastly different too. Very fast which makes this very tough on equipment and tires. A place where 4 tires on every stop is key. Closest to Bristol in resemblance.

  • Top Drivers: Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Alex Bowman
  • Trending Down: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Tyler Reddick.
  • Since the stage era started in 2017, the eventual race winner has finished in the top 10 at the end of the two stages per race in all but one try.
  • Furthermore, 13 of the 14 stages run have seen the eventual race winner finish in the top five. In the final stage (8 times) the race winner finished in the top 10 in all of them with a top five finish in seven of the eight. Five of the last six final stages have seen the eventual race winner finish either 1st or 2nd at that including both races last year seeing the winners sweep both stages.
  • The pole winner has won 13 times at Dover. But, what’s odd is, there’s not been a pole winner to win on the Monster Mile though since 2011. Furthermore, four times since 2016 though, has the second place starter actually won out including four of the last seven races there including two of the last three.
  • Ford has only won 2 of the last 19 Dover races.


Short Track

Bristol Motor Speedway – high banked concrete short track. Most similar to Dover although this track is half the size. Multiple grooves settle in as the race goes on. Can risk pit strategy here. Lapped traffic plays a key role in determining the outcome of this track.

  • Top Drivers: Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson
  • Trending Down: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Alex Bowman.
  • Starting spot is key when you’re starting on the pole (3 winners in last 6). If you’re not on the pole, you might as well start from outside of the top 10. Four of the last nine winners have come from Row 6 on back.
  • Chevy hasn’t won in the last seven points paying Bristol starts and only has two wins in their last 15 starts there too.

Richmond Raceway – flat like Phoenix, you can be aggressive with a 2 pit strategy in the final stage that might make it interesting as long as everyone doesn’t do the same thing.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott
  • Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Kurt Busch, William Byron, Alex Bowman.
  • The Toyota’s are the heavy favorites with them sweeping the action at Richmond in 2018 and 2019 to go along with seven trips to victory lane in the last 10 starts on the .75-mile D-Shaped Virginia oval. JGR went 1-2-3-4 across the finish line in Sept. 2019.
  • Starting position matters too with eight top five starters having won the last 11 Cup races on the .75-mile D-Shaped oval. Brad Keselowski was ninth in his win last September.

Martinsville Speedway – don’t want to be stuck on the outside. Small track with long straights and paperclip like corners. Pit strategy and track position key.

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, William Byron, Alex Bowman
  • Trending Down: Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing or Team Penske will surely contend for a victory. JGR and Penske have put four cars in the top five of the finishing order in three of the last four Martinsville races and have won four of the last five and five of the last seven there overall too.
  • If you want to win, you better be in the top two or three by the end of the second stage. Since we began stage racing in 2017, the eventual winner has finished either first (4 times), second (2 times) or third (once) in seven of the eight second stages. In fact, both races in 2019 and the one last Fall saw the race winner earn a stage win in the second stage. Same for the playoff race in 2018 too.
  • On top of that, the winner had a top five finish in the first stage every year too (8-for-8). That means you need to hit it off right from the get go.
  • Three of the last four winners have all come from a top five starting spot with 10 of the last 11 coming from the top 10 overall.

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