NASCARNASCAR racing in its most rudimentary form is about one thing and one this only; going fast. Speed is paramount in racing, if you want to beat other drivers you need to be faster then them on the corners and the straightaways. For drivers it is of the utmost importance that they remain forward with their racecar and avoid at all cost going sideways. As you can imagine if your car is sideways you are likely about to wreck your car and potentially not finish the race. Your chance of wrecking your car can drastically change depending on what race track you are on. It is smart to learn which NASCAR race tracks have more crashes on them, and even more importantly which have the worst chance of serious wrecks.

NASCAR’s Fastest Speedways:

NASCAR and wrecked cars go together like peanut butter and jelly. Any driver, on any given day, can have their car battered, mutilated or even flipped. It happens to the best drivers in the world just as it does the lesser-known participants in the sport. Now picture that you are racing at Daytona International Speedway and you have just clocked your fastest lap ever. You just reached 200 miles per hour and it seems like your life if flashing by. You then realize you’re coming into turn three and must slow down, however, you have a line of cars tightly packed all around you. All you can think to yourself is how do I keep this car from going sideways. Unfortunately for many NASCAR drivers this is a reality they face every race week. Some drivers have better records of winning or finishing top five. Other drivers are notorious for crashing their cars. Statistically, Dave Gilliland has on average the most wrecks per racing season with three. To put that more plainly he has wrecked his car one and every nine times he has started an engine in his career. Drivers who are prone to wrecking their cars can be bad investments in a NASCAR Daily Fantasy Sport context. The most points will always be awarded to a driver who finishes a raced based on how points are given out during and after the race. It is wise to take advice from experts to determine who has a better chance to wreck their car.

NASCAR Drivers Go Sideways?

When it comes to getting into a wreck the first part is almost always the driver sliding sideways down the track or in some more rare circumstances flying through the air sideways. At the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway in 2018, Paul Menard almost flipped going sideways after a restart.

You will see that Menard does not flip over thanks to increased safety protocols that put flaps on roofs to stop flipping. Other drivers have not been so lucky. Ryan Newman had his car heading in every which direction during his wreck at the Daytona 500 in 2020 on the final lap. There are also times where drivers are able to save their race car and their day when they can drive their way out of crisis.

Crashes in NASCAR can change any and every race in a matter of seconds. There are drivers who have good and bad tendencies at different racetracks. For example, Jimmie Johnson, one of the greatest racers ever has a bad track record at Daytona. His average finish at Daytona in 17.5, interestingly his second worst track in Talladega Superspeedway. It seems that restrictor plates are not his best friend. Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski has an average finish of 20.73 at Daytona International Speedway in his career. He has had four did not finishes at the track. Known as one of the best drivers ever to start and engine, Kyle Busch has a low average finish at Talladega Superspeedway where he has averaged 21.3. He has had five did not finishes in his career there. 

How to save the car:

If a driver is in a situation where their car is “loose” meaning the rear tires are having a hard time sticking to corners they may get into a situation where they are fishtailing out of turns. This is of course amplified due to the high speeds. On the flip side a car could also be “tight” meaning that the front wheels are losing traction before the rear wheels. A tight car cannot steer as wheel through turns. The front end of the car will normally head to the wall. Drivers need to know and get the feel for the car they are driving to know how they can go into turns and corners to ensure they do not wreck their car or go sideways. Drivers will often need to head to pit row to have their crew work on their car to either loosen or tighten it.