Welcome NASCAR race fans! This week NASCAR heads to Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race on this track on Saturday night. But this time the race track is on the East Coast, so it will start at a decent time. That is, unlike the Phoenix race which started Pacific time.
This track is my favorite NASCAR Track. For several reasons. It is a short track. Being only 3/4 mile. But, for me, this is the perfect size.
Since it’s less than a mile in lenght, it’s a short track. But most short tracks have little racing room. They have tight quarters and it’s difficult to pass without some contact. Now maybe some fans like the short tracks because of the inability to pass without bumping the car ahead to get by. But I like a track where there is room to pass. Richmond is a short track with room to pass.
You may not get the “beating and banging” like the other short tracks, but you get to see great racing on a great track. There is enough room to pass and race side-by-side without causing a caution. To me racing is side-by-side action with someone finally taking the position. And at Richmond you get just that.
The other short tracks are Martinsville and Bristol. Martinsville is just over 1/2 miles and a great short track. But it’s paper clip configuration makes passing without pumping difficult. Bristol is an exciting track. Also just over 1/2 miles. And it has great banking, which makes it exciting. It is still up in the air whether or not it’s new configuration is better or worse. If you want to see bumping and crashes, the track is worse. But if you want to see more clean racing and passing, the track is now better.
But Richmond International Raceway is the best short track. It is a D-shaped oval. It is almost a circle. And it is wide enough so that they can race side-by-side and make the pass without knocking the other car out of the way. You don’t have to drive dirty to win the race. You just get to see great racing.
I’ve never been to Richmond. Maybe because it’s an impound race where the cars are impounded after qualifying. I prefer to go to a track where there is lots of practice and time on the track. I like to be able to see practice after qualifying.
But for me, Richmond is the best track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. It’s exactly the right size. It’s the right shape. And the racing is terrific. It’s always at night on Saturday. And maybe that adds to the excitement. If I’m going to watch a NASCAR race instead of going to my local track on Saturday night, Richmond is the race I will watch.
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