Today we pay a visit to the ghost of racetracks past, courtesy of Richard Childress Racing.
A track that’s faded away – this year marks 10 years since it closed – is Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania.
It’s within walking distance of where the Andretti family lives, and was utterly unique in its character. The oval, just under one mile in length, wasn’t really an oval at all.
Instead, it had three straights with three different lengths, and three corners of different radii. The fast run through Turn 1 was followed by a short straight, a sweeping Turn 2, and then down the backstraight before going hard on the brakes, down the hill slightly into Turn 3.
RCR, which won a NASCAR XFINITY Series (then called the Busch Series) race with Ron Hornaday in 2003, provided these pics. It’s a bit sad to see in its modern day state.