How Long Does a NASCAR Race Last?

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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.

Normal track conditions at a recent Daytona 500 resulted in a total race time of three hours, 26 minutes and 29 seconds for the 500-mile race. The number listed after the official race name designates either the number of track laps or the mile distance to complete the event. Official NASCAR tracks range from 0.53 mile (Martinsville Speedway) to 2.66 miles (Talladega Speedway).