NASCAR has a rich history of racing dating back to 1949 at a variety of race tracks across the country. Many race tracks from the past disappeared on their own as victims of financial hard times or urban development. Other tracks were simply bumped from the schedule in order to free up a date for a newer track. Here are the oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup race tracks on the schedule.
Martinsville Speedway held it's first NASCAR race in 1948. Martinsville is the only race track that still remains from NASCAR's very first season. The following year Martinsville Speedway held the sixth race of the season on September 25th, 1949. This was NASCAR's new series that would continue on to become the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
Watkins Glen International first held a NASCAR Cup series event on August 4th, 1957. However it was left off the schedule until racing returned in 1964 and 1965. There is another long gap as the track struggled financially and even closed for a few years. Then NASCAR racing returned for good in 1986 to the revitalized Watkins Glen. This track is the fourth oldest, but it has held fewer races overall than many others currently on the schedule.