The Fastest Modern NASCAR Race Tracks

Here are the fastest race tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. While Talladega has the all-time official NASCAR track record, this list is sorted by fastest qualifying speed since 2000. By limiting this list to speeds since 2000 we are throwing out three of the fastest qualifying track records in NASCAR history.

Bill Elliott’s 212.809 MPH lap at Talladega in 1987
Bill Elliott’s 210.364 MPH lap at Daytona in 1987
Geoffrey Bodine’s 197.478 MPH lap at Atlanta in 1997
NASCAR occasionally changes the rules to keep speeds down in the name of safety. This is the list of the fastest modern NASCAR Sprint Cup race tracks.

1. Michigan Speedway – 203.241 MPH

A fresh repave of Michigan International Speedway in 2012 set the stage for Marcos Ambrose to shatter the old track record by nearly nine MPH. His lap of 203.241 MPH in June of 2012 put Michigan International Raceway solidly on top of this list.

The top 38 drivers in that race all posted speeds higher than previous number one Texas Motor Speedway’s record lap of 196.235. Michigan’s new smooth surface makes it the king of speed.