What Is the Shortest NASCAR Track?

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The Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia is the shortest and slowest NASCAR track. The track is a .526 mile oval.

Since 1948, the Martinsville Speedway has been a key track in NASCAR's schedule. It was part of the first year of NASCAR racing, when the organization raced stock cars only.

The Martinsville Speedway remains in the Sprint Cup schedule, despite its challenges for drivers in it being the slowest and shortest track. Because of its small size and the crowded conditions that result, it can be an unusually dangerous track.

Many people enjoy attending races at Martinsville Speedway because it feels like a track at a county fair and reminds many of a small town. This is one of the reasons why it attracts a large crowd season after season.