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Road-Course Rippers: NASCAR’s Best at Making Right Turns

In the history of NASCAR since the Strictly Stock (Sprint Cup) series began, only twice has it failed to have a road -course race during the season. There have been 12 road-course circuits in three categories: permanent facilities, one-time temporary airport circuits and the unique beach-road layout in place prior to Daytona International Speedway being built. Buck Baker led all 44 laps at the inaugural Watkins Glen race in 1957. NASCAR did not run at the track again until 1964. NASCAR ran at Riverside International Raceway from 1958 to 1988. It was a 2.62 mile course with nine turns in the Valley Country of California. Riverside closed in 1988 and NASCAR moved to a track known as Sears Point in northern California. In 1996 it was purc...

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