Did you ever wonder who owns the most victories on every track on the current NASCAR Cup Series schedule? Well, there’s no need to wonder any longer as we’ve got you covered.
The 2022 premier series schedule includes 25 different tracks, including a newbie with World Wide Technology Raceway in suburban St. Louis, and we’ve got the dirt — especially in Bristol — on all of them. Yeah, you see what we did there.
It must be noted that only races counting toward the points standings are included in our data for each track. So while there have technically been more Cup Series races at tracks such as Bristol or Texas Motor Speedway than what you’ll see listed, we chose to leave those out. That’s also why you won’t see the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum listed below as “The Clash” is an exhibition event.
We’ve kept things nice and easy for you here. Simply click on the link above the image of each track, and you’ll be directed to everything you need to know. From when the first race was held to how many different winners there have been to the driver with the most overall victories at the complex (we do mix regular and road course wins at places like Indy and Charlotte), we’ve got it all.
We’ve listed the tracks in order of how they appear on the 2022 schedule, and if one hosts multiple events during the year, we go with the first. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
Viewed as the home of NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway hosted its first Cup Series race in 1959 with the inaugural running of the Daytona 500. But let’s not forget that “The Great American Race” isn’t the only Cup Series race held on the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
Initially opened as California Speedway, Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway was the first track to secure a NASCAR Cup Series race before it was built. Completed in late 1996, the first Cup Series event was held at Auto Club in June 1997, a race won by Jeff Gordon.
Opened in 1972 as a road course and drag racing facility, Las Vegas Motor Speedway eventually added a 1.5-mile tri-oval and hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series race in 1998. Vegas scored a second Cup Series event in 2018, which is included in the 10-race NASCAR Playoffs.
Located in Avondale, Arizona, Phoenix Raceway opened in 1964 but didn’t host a NASCAR Cup Series race until 1988. The one-mile dogleg oval now hosts two Cup Series races annually and has served as the setting for the season finale since 2020.
Atlanta Motor Speedway opened its doors in 1960 and hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series race that same year. A 2021 reconfiguration changed how racing is contested on the 1.54-mile quad-oval, but Atlanta remains one of the most historic tracks in NASCAR.
Built initially specifically for Formula One, Circuit of the Americas, widely known as COTA, began hosting the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021. One of several road courses featured in the premier series, COTA 3.426-mile track features 20 turns, including a 133-foot hill at Turn 1.
One of the premier series’ oldest tracks, Richmond Raceway opened in 1946 and hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series race in 1953. Known as “America’s premier short track,” Richmond’s 0.75-mile D-shaped oval allows drivers to reach incredibly high speeds, making it run more like a superspeedway at times.
Martinsville Speedway boasts several claims to fame in the NASCAR Cup Series. First, it’s the only track that has hosted a Cup Series race every year since the circuit began in 1949. And secondly, at 0.526 miles, the “Half-Mile of Mayhem” is the shortest track in NASCAR. It’s also the only one to feature asphalt on the straightaways and concrete on the turns.
Still one of the most popular tracks but also now one of the most divisive, Bristol Motor Speedway hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series race in 1961. While the more traditional race is still run annually on the 0.533-mile concrete oval, Bristol brought dirt racing back to the premier series in 2021.
Initially opened in 1969 as Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway has hosted the NASCAR Cup Series since its inception. At 2.66 miles, a fraction more than the length of Daytona, Talladega is the longest oval in NASCAR and has played host to some of the most memorable races of all time.
Like Talladega, Dover Motor Speedway opened in 1969 and has hosted at least one NASCAR Cup Series race ever since. “The Monster Mile” entertained two Cup Series events from 1971 to 2020 but was stripped of a race ahead of the 2021 campaign.
Of the 15 drivers who own the most victories at famed Darlington Raceway, which first hosted the Cup Series in 1950, only four are not in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Of those four, two are current drivers, and another is Jimmie Johnson, who will obviously be inducted at some point. “The Lady in Black” is also the home of the most lopsided victory in Cup Series history.
Kansas Speedway may not boast the history of some of the other tracks on this list but has provided some great moments since the first NASCAR Cup Series race was run on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in 2001. Kansas has hosted two Cup Series events annually since 2011, the same year lights were installed, with the second being part of the NASCAR Playoffs.
Opened in 1996, Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series race in 1997. While “The Great American Speedway” has hosted two Cup Series events since 2005, the Fort Worth facility was stripped of its spring points race ahead of the 2021 season, which was replaced with the All-Star festivities.
First opened in 1960, the same year the NASCAR Cup Series made its debut there, the complex now known as Charlotte Motor Speedway annually hosts the prestigious Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the premier series schedule. In addition to the race on the 1.5-mile quad-oval, a second Cup Series race has been run on the 2.28-mile Roval road course since 2018.
First opened in 1967, the complex now known as World Wide Technology Raceway in suburban St. Louis didn’t host its first NASCAR Cup Series race until 2022. So this list of winners obviously isn’t as lengthy as the others.
Minus the COVID-affected 2020 campaign, Sonoma Raceway has hosted a NASCAR Cup Series race every year since 1989. A hilly road course featuring a dozen turns and 160 feet of elevation changes, Sonoma is undoubtedly one of the most interesting courses on the circuit.
Not to be confused with the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, which hosted the premier series from 1958 to 1984, Nashville Superspeedway has only been hosting the Cup Series since 2021. At 1.333 miles, Nashville is currently the longest concrete oval in NASCAR.
After running its inaugural race at Wisconsin’s Road America in 1956, the NASCAR Cup Series took a 65-year break, not returning until 2021. At 4.048 miles, the road course is the longest track overall in NASCAR. But that will change soon as the Cup Series is again ditching it in 2023, this time in favor of a street race in downtown Chicago.
An annual host to the NASCAR Cup Series since 1993, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has provided some underrated races over the years. “The Magic Mile” hosted two Cup Series events from 1997 to 2017 but lost its fall date to Las Vegas in 2018.
Certainly one of the most unique tracks on the premier series schedule, the 2.5-mile triangle oval at Pocono Raceway has played host to the NASCAR Cup Series since 1974. “The Tricky Triangle” takes pride in that all three turns aren’t the same and that none of the three straightaways are the same length.
While obviously best known as the home of the Indy 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has also hosted the NASCAR Cup Series since 1994. While the annual race at Indy was run on the famed 2.5-mile oval from 1994 to 2020, it’s now run on the 2.439-mile road course, much to the dismay of several drivers.
Minus the 1973 season, Michigan International Speedway hosted two NASCAR Cup Series races every year from 1969 to 2020. However, with the addition of new tracks to the schedule, the two-mile D-shaped oval lost a race ahead of the 2021 campaign.
While Watkins Glen International hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series race in 1957, it didn’t become an annual stop on the premier circuit until 1986. Arguably the most popular road course in NASCAR, the 2.45-mile short circuit typically hosts its annual NASCAR weekend in early August. The race is currently one of the final events of the Cup Series regular season.
Last and certainly not least, we come to Homestead-Miami Speedway, which hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series race in 1999. Homestead-Miami hosted the season finale from 2002 to 2019 but was replaced by Phoenix in 2020. The annual Cup Series race at the 1.502-mile oval is currently run in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs.
Stats courtesy of Racing Reference