Every sport has their "big game" and, usually, it is a grand finale with the best teams competing at the very end of the season to claim the most respected title: champion. But not for NASCAR. Instead, they start the season with the most prestigious race, the Daytona 500, which also offers the largest pay day for the top finishers. For many racecar drivers, their goal is to one day make it to Victory Lane at the Daytona 500. Unfortunately, many of them fall short of this goal due to the difficulty of the track and for some, a string of bad luck. Even though Daytona International Speedway has a reputation for its massive wrecks and high speeds, it isn't the only race track on the NASCAR circuit that drivers have difficulty navigating. We decided to take a look at some of the toughest tracks in NASCAR, along with the drivers who have been fortunate enough to take the most victory laps at each of these raceways.
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What's your favorite part about NASCAR? Is it the excitement of a close finish? Someone getting loose in turn three as you anxiously anticipate a pileup? Or the goosebumps you get when someone proclaims, "Start your engines"? There are just so many things to love about NASCAR that we cannot choose either. Feel free to share your answers with us in the comments below, and if you have a favorite track to visit or a driver that you are always rooting for, we would love to hear about that, too. If you're feeling like dressing up in a NASCAR costume for Halloween, we fully support that. In fact, we might just join you! "Boogity boogity boogity, let's go racing!"
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