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The Worst NASCAR Tracks According to Fans

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There are some tracks NASCAR fans love to hate. Whether right or wrong, fans always seem to be split – except maybe when it comes to which tracks they could skip watching for the week. Which ones made the list? Using Jeff Gluck’s “Was it a good race poll,” here’s the breakdown.

10. Martinsville (71.86%)

Ranking 10th in our list is Martinsville, with an average of almost 72% in Gluck’s poll. Several great races in the late 2010s – including playoff stunners – helped push up the average of Martinsville’s 16 races since the poll began. But, recent performances at the track with the Next Gen car have put the short track on this list – a theme we’ll see as we keep going down the list.

9. Charlotte Roval (71.51%)

After breaking onto the scene in 2018 with a phenomenal finish, the Charlotte Roval has lost its spark. With the Next-Gen car’s struggles on road courses, the last two races have been 50% and then 20% in 2022 and 2023 respectively. There have already been rumors about the Roval going away after this season to go back to the Charlotte Oval layout – one of the best tracks in NASCAR now.

8. Phoenix (65.98%)

The host venue for NASCAR’s championship weekend was phenomenal before it hosted the finale. Ever since then, it has been all downhill for the one-mile track in Phoenix – including most recently this Spring. Struggles to pass alongside the difficulties of the packages used here ever since 2019 with the introduction of the 550 horsepower package. The only reason why it isn’t lower on this list is thanks to great races with the old packages in the 2010s.

7. New Hampshire (64.35%)

New Hampshire is very similar to Phoenix – a flat oval one-mile track with difficulties to pass. Arguably the most forgettable track on the circuit, this SMI-owned venue has had four of its 10 races on Gluck’s poll ranked at 50% or lower. But, both races here with the Next-Gen car have been polled at over 50%. Perhaps things will turn around at this track with similar tire wear we saw at Bristol?

6. Pocono (64.04%)

Pocono in the Pennsylvania Mountains used to be another track you’d love to forget – especially when they had two dates on the schedule. But, now with only one date and some thrilling races in the last couple of years, it is only sixth on our list. Some stinker races – including the first race in 2019 won by Kyle Busch – made for one of the worst results in the poll’s history.

5. Richmond (63.86%)

Same story, the third verse for another flat, short oval track where it is difficult to pass. Richmond ranks fifth in our rankings with an average of 63.86%. Three of their 15 races ranked at 50% or lower, but every race in the Next-Gen car has ranked over 53% thanks to some strategy play and different winners as well. Similarly to New Hampshire, could we see improvement at this track with similar tire wear at Bristol this spring?

4. Sonoma (63.22%)

The second and final road course of this list comes on the West Coast from Sonoma, averaging 63.22%. While 2016’s race with Tony Stewart recording his final Cup Series win is one of the highest-ranked races in history, three of the seven races polled under 50%. With the road course struggles with the Next Gen car, alongside different configurations, Sonoma simply just isn’t the best road course for NASCAR to show off their product.

3. Dover (59.51%)

Entering the podium of our list is Dover, under the 60% mark at 59.51%. Four of the 13 races polled are at or below 50%. But, the track has had a turnaround with the Next-Gen car, with the two races held at The Monster Mile being polled at over 75%. A move back to only one race at Dover has helped them as well, and they can avoid the podium positions in the coming years if there are similarly good performances moving forward.

2. Indianapolis (55.77%)

This track is a bit of an anomaly for NASCAR and the Next-Gen car. Specifically, this poll ranks the Oval configuration at Indy at just over 55% dating back to the last time they ran it in 2020. While four of the five races average around 60%, the third-worst poll in Gluck’s history comes from the Indy Oval at just 17% in 2016. With the return of the oval configuration coming this year for the first time in the Next-Gen car, perhaps this ranking will change once again.

1. Texas (46.18%)

Was there ever any doubt which track would be first on this list? When your track has the two worst poll results in Gluck’s history, it was bound to be the top spot for Texas Motor Speedway. The layout of the track ever since 2017 has sent their rankings into a spiral, with nine of the 15 polls conducted at or under 50%. Even before the reconfiguration, Texas was not well received by the fanbase. The highest-polled race came in the Spring of 2019 at only 69% – not nice if you ask me.

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