What are the differences between flat, steep and progressively banked NASCAR Series tracks?
Most oval NASCAR tracks are banked at various degrees to create greater momentum and velocity through the turns. Banking on the 23 tracks that host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races range from a relatively steep 36° at Talladega Superspeedway, to a somewhat flat 12° at Martinsville Speedway.
“Progressively banked” oval tracks, such as Bristol Motor Speedway, feature a racing surface that gradually increases in degrees of banking – 24° to 30° – as the track gets closer to the outside retaining wall. This permits cars in the longer outside lanes to maintain higher speeds through the corners than those in the shorter inside lanes, resulting in more competitive racing.
Our list of similar NASCAR tracks types and groupings for fantasy NASCAR compares the degree of banking at each NASCAR track and how you can look at driver performance at these similar track types to help you in your fantasy NASCAR leagues.
Adapted from information by NASCAR Media