NASCAR doesn’t have a Grand Slam like tennis or golf, but it certainly has several high-profile races to choose from. The only problem? Whittling them down to just four events over a 36-race season.
That’s exactly what the Century Poll attempted to accomplish. With 50 members from NASCAR media and 50 from the garage, the results were quite predictable.
At the top of the list and nearly unanimous across all 100 members was the Daytona 500. The opening race of the season, commonly referred to as the “Super Bowl of NASCAR,” earned 98 votes.
After the Great American Race, three other historic NASCAR tracks were overwhelming favorites. The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (81 votes), Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (75 votes) and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (74 votes) were the other Grand Slam choices.
While the Carolinas only have two tracks that hold Sprint Cup events, both were selected. Charlotte Motor Speedway is also scheduled for another race on Oct. 10 with the Bank of America 500 while the Southern 500 is the penultimate race before the Chase begins.
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