As of April 17, 2014, Bill Elliott tops the list of fastest qualifying track records in NASCAR history, having driven 212.809 mph at Talladega in 1987. In that same year, he drove 210.364 mph at Daytona, earning NASCAR's second-fastest time.Continue Reading
Elliott could hold his records for a long time. According to About.com, NASCAR has changed some rules over the past few decades in order to cut down on speeds and keep the drivers safe. A list of the fastest post-2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup race tracks indicates that drivers rarely top 200 mph anymore.
Michigan International Speedway tops the list of fastest current tracks, with Marcos Ambrose boasting the top recorded speed of 203.241 mph in June 2012. The second-fastest track is Daytona International Speedway, where Danica Patrick posted the fastest qualifying lap since 2000, racing at 196.434 mph to win the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500. Rounding out the list of the top five fastest current tracks are Texas Motor Speedway (Brian Vickers, 196.235 mph in 2006); Atlanta Motor Speedway (Ryan Newman, 194.690 mph in 2005); and Charlotte Motor Speedway (Elliott Sadler, 193.216 mph in 2005).Learn more about Pro Auto Racing
Fans of NASCAR can watch races online at sites such as ESPN, Livestream, NASCAR Online and NASCAR.com. Some sites just broadcast the races, while others offer other options as well.Full Answer >
NASCAR is a sport that involves drivers using a high level of fitness, and the participants are also competing with other opponents. Drivers must use athletic features, such as hand-eye coordination and reaction movements, in order to gain an advantage. Endurance is also tested while driving many laps in extreme conditions.Full Answer >
NASCAR races generally last anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours, depending on the length of the race, number of laps and track conditions. Many races are 500 miles in length, though some are shorter or longer.Full Answer >
In general, the top speed for most NASCAR cars is around 200 miles per hour. In April 2014, five NASCAR Sprint Cup teams achieved speeds over 217 miles per hour during Goodyear's tire testing event at Michigan International Speedway.Full Answer >