Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Tracks
NASCAR has a rich history of racing dating back to 1949 at a variety of racetracks across the country. Many race tracks from the past disappeared on their own as victims of financial hard times or urban development. Other tracks were simply bumped from the schedule in order to free up a date for a newer track.
Here are the oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup race tracks on the schedule.
Built in 1949, Darlington Raceway was NASCAR’s first superspeedway. Darlington held it’s first race, the Southern 500, on September 4th, 1950. Sadly the great Southern 500 no longer exists, but at least Darlington Raceway is still on the schedule.
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International first held a NASCAR Cup series event on August 4th, 1957. However, it was left off the schedule until racing returned in 1964 and 1965. There is another long gap as the track struggled financially and even closed for a few years. Then NASCAR racing returned for good in 1986 to the revitalized Watkins Glen. This track is the fourth oldest, but it has held fewer races overall than many others currently on the schedule.