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This aerial panorama of Atlanta Motor Speedway was taken by James Blakeway and features the speedway during a scheduled NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. Situated on 870 acres located 20 miles south of Atlanta, the speedway hosts five NASCAR events each year. The 1.5-mile track hosted its first race on July 31st, 1960, the Dixie 200. Atlanta Motor Speedway was purchased by O. Bruton Smith in 1990 and has seen an infusion of investment that has led to expanded facilities and higher attendance. A tornado touched down in the track area in July 2005, causing extensive damage, but reopened four months later to host the October race.
This aerial panorama of Bristol Motor Speedway was taken by James Blakeway. The speedway was constructed in 1960 on 100 acres of land, originally a dairy farm, in Bristol, Tennessee. The total cost of construction including the land was $600,000. Bristol Motor Speedway held its first race on July 30, 1961, with 22 degree banked turns and seating for 18,000 fans. Over the years the speedway has undergone expansions and renovations and today seats 160,000 with variable banking in the turns. Despite its small size, Bristol is among the most popular tracks in NASCAR® because of its distinct features including the concrete oval track, known as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."
This aerial panorama of Bristol Motor Speedway was taken by Christopher Gjevre and features the first night race since the track was reconfigured. Changes were made to the track in response to fan requests and to return the Speedway to its iconic status – "the hottest ticket in motorsports." Located in Bristol, Tennessee, the Speedway was constructed in 1960 and held its first race the following year. The entrepreneurs who built the track fashioned the Speedway after Charlotte Motor Speedway, but opted for a smaller, more intimate setting and erected a half-mile facility. Despite its small size, Bristol is among the most popular tracks in NASCAR® and has been known as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."
This aerial panorama of the California Speedway was taken by Christopher Gjevre and features the speedway during a scheduled NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Located on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles metro area, the 2-mile, 565-acre speedway hosted three different races on its opening weekend in 1997. The California Speedway hosts two NASCAR Nextel Cup races annually and has also hosted the IndyCar Series, the ChampCar World Series and various motorcycle series. The water tower on the track's infield is the only remaining structure of the first steel mill west of the Rocky Mountains.
This aerial photograph of Charlotte Motor Speedway was taken by James Blakeway during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Located in Concord, North Carolina, this 1.5-mile track was built in 1959 on land that was once the site of a working plantation during the Civil War. The first World 600 was run on June 19, 1960. It's the first sports facility in America to offer 52 condominiums high above turn one. Charlotte Motor Speedway was also the first track to host night racing with its revolutionary lighting system that uses mirrors to simulate daylight without glare, shadows or obtrusive light poles.
This aerial panorama of Chicagoland Speedway was taken by James Blakeway and features the speedway during a NASCAR weekend. Built adjacent to it's sister track, Route 66 Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, is a 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval speedway. With the addition of the 75,000-seat, $130 million Speedway, Joliet's world-class motorsports complex formed Illinois' largest sporting facility, occupying over 1,300 acres. The first NASCAR driver to visit Victory Lane at Chicagoland after winning a Busch Series race on July 14, 2001, was Jimmie Johnson.
This aerial panorama of Darlington Raceway was taken by Christopher Gjevre during a scheduled NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Built on a piece of land that once produced peanuts and cotton in Darlington, South Carolina, Darlington Raceway is known as the track "Too Tough to Tame." From its first race on Labor Day 1950 until today, Darlington Raceway, now an ultra-modern facility, has maintained its feisty charm after more than a half-century of racing. This unique egg-shaped 1.366-mile track is still remembered as the original superspeedway and as one of the pillars of the NASCAR establishment.
This aerial panorama of Daytona International Speedway was taken by James Blakeway and features a twilight view during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ race. The 480-acre motorsports complex, which opened in 1959, boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, featuring everything from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to go-karts and superbikes. The speedway is also home to the "Great American Race™," the DAYTONA 500®. The 2.5-mile long tri-oval track features 31-degree banked turns and a huge infield area, where campers can be seen enjoying the many events. Featured in the infield is Lake Lloyd, where water skiers can be seen carving up the water under the Florida sun on race days.
This aerial panoramic photograph of Daytona International Speedway was taken by Christopher Gjevre. The 480-acre motorsports complex opened in 1959 and hosts about a dozen major weekends of racing activity featuring NASCAR stock cars, go-karts, dirt bikes, motorcycles, modified pickup trucks and sports cars. Kicking off the NASCAR season, the most famous event is the annual Daytona 500, the "Great American Race." The 2.5-mile high speed tri-oval track features 31-degree banked turns with a 180-acre infield. Featured in the infield is Lake Lloyd, where water-skiers can be seen carving up the water under the Florida sun on race days.
This aerial panoramic photograph of Dover International Speedway was taken by Christopher Gjevre and features the speedway during one of its two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends. Affectionately known as the "Monster Mile®," Dover International Speedway is a high-banked, one-mile concrete oval that seats 135,000 guests. Located in the heart of the country's Mid-Atlantic region, Dover has been a fixture on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule since its inception in 1969, when Richard Petty took the first checkered flag. The patented Monster Bridge®, located over Turn 3 at the track, has 56 seats and provides a unique view of the action below. The 46-foot-tall sculpture of "Miles the Monster®," the track's icon, is located outside of Turn 4 and holds a full-scale stock car in his right hand.
NASCAR Panoramas and Aerial Pictures
These NASCAR aerial pictures feature many of the greatest race tracks from around the United States. Second only to the NFL among professional sports franchises in the U.S. in terms of TV ratings, NASCAR races are internationally popular, and broadcast in over 150 countries. Now you can get a view of the action on NASCAR race day in these NASCAR race photos.
In 1936, the first gathering of drivers who eventually inspired today's NASCAR race met in Daytona Beach, Florida. NASCAR's headquarters are in Daytona Beach to this day, also the location of the famous Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR aerial pictures of Daytona International Speedway display all 480 acres of this motorsports complex, which opened in 1959. The site hosts over a dozen weekends annually of major NASCAR events.
These NASCAR panoramas provide a unique glimpse of the tracks where all these historic races take place. Get an aerial view of the biggest speedways in the U.S. through these NASCAR race pictures. There is no other experience quite like the excitement of NASCAR race day and these panoramic pictures proudly display each engineering marvel that is a NASCAR track in any proud race fan's den. These images are great for the office, home, or any race fan's shrine to their favorite speedway.
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Whether you choose to take home a day or night shot, these dramatic NASCAR race panoramas showcase the "Great American Race" in all its glory. Any guest to your home will notice these stunning pictures and your love for automotive sports as soon as they enter the room.