The Big 3 NASCAR Races

The sport of NASCAR was founded in 1948 and ever since it has been a fun and exciting event to watch. It is simply too spectacular to ignore if you’re a true racing fan.  The 1 impression you’re left with after the race is over is how quickly all of it seems to get ended. A NASCAR race consists of 40 cars coming from a selection of unique teams. From the Daytona 500 to Talladega Speedway, but the three biggest NASCAR races you need to know are:

1) Daytona 500 – The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most prized race in NASCAR history.  A 500 hundred mile long race held in Daytona Beach, Florida and it is the season first race of the year.  It truly is the Super Bowl of NASCAR and the race is one of the most watched sporting events. The winner is presented with the Harley J. Earl trophy and the winning car is displayed for one year at the Daytona Experience museum.

2 ) Brickyard 400 – Held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis, IN), this is second biggest NASCAR races and money grabber.  At 160 laps and 400 miles, this event is no joke.  So, why is this race so important?  Because the following 16 drivers advance to the playoff at Monster Energy NASCAR playoffs! Jeff Gordon has won this race a record 5 times.

3 ) Coca Cola 600- This is by far the longest race drivers have to endure during the season.  A true test of stamina and endurance for NASCAR drivers to finish during Memorial Weekend.  The Coca Cola 600 is held at Charlotte Motor Speedway and it runs at 600 miles and it takes 400 laps to complete! The competition is basically an epic experiential scavenger hunt that happens at one of the largest NASCAR races of the year.

NASCAR’s Grand Slamma Jamma

A true die hard fan of NASCAR must know the grand slam aka (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series): Daytona 500, Winston 500, Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500.  No one has ever won all four races in the same season.  Only Lee Roy Yardbrough came close winning 3 out of 4 in 1969.  In addition, if someone was to win the grand slam, they would win a million dollar bonus!The sport may look boring on television but the attendance rates are always high. The highest attendance rate is at Indianapolis motor speedway, hosting 350,000 thousand people. Furthermore, the Ascot Race holds 280,000 and the Circut de la Sarthe holds 263,500 people in attendance.

Who Are The Best NASCAR Drivers Of All Time?

In no particular order, some of the best NASCAR drivers are Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.  All have established successful careers.  Gordon has won 93 times and is the first driver to make over $100 million racing in his life time. The Imtimidator also known as Dale Earnhardt has won 76 Winston Cup races and he has won seven NASCAR Winston Cup championship series, tying Richard Petty. Talking about Richard Petty, “the King,” he was given this name because he’s won 200 races and he is probably the most accomplished racer of all time!

NASCAR Training Tips And Career

To the naked eye, NASCAR may not seem like a physical sport, but racing takes a physical and mental tole on the body.  To become a great driver, proper NASCAR training is vital to perform at a high level. In addition, dieting and being fit is crucial to sustaining long races. Here are some tips to help you become a NASCAR driver:

  • Practice!- Drive go karts to get a feel for the race.  If you become a pro at go-karts, try top end go-karts at 100mph.
  • Play Video Games? – Fake racing games can help simulate racing effects.
  • Experience – Being physically at a race track and smelling the environment will help you get a good feeling as a driver.
  • Diet – Surprising, eating healthy and building a strong stamina is important to driving. Amateur drivers have been know to take supplements to help build strong stamina for longer races.  More info can be found at
  • Exercise – Being in good shape will help drivers focus and maintain long races.
  • Have Fun – Here is a video to bring back some of the best of NASCAR memories.