NASCAR Triggers Massive Debate About Going International on Social Media

Published 11/26/2021, 3:25 AM EST
Nov 6, 2021; Phoenix, AZ, USA; An overall view of the track during the Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports


When one thinks about NASCAR tracks, most of the thoughts will go straight to American tracks. Tracks like Daytona, Talladega, Indianapolis, are all famous and well-known outside NASCAR circles. However, the essence is that the stock car series primarily restricts itself to the United States. However, there have been occasions where the sport has gone international.

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Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie (7) spin in turn four during Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Between 2005 and 2008, the Xfinity Series used to visit the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico. However, three current Cup Series drivers have triumphed there. Suffice to say it is a happy hunting ground for Joe Gibbs Racing, as Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, have all won there.

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Then, between 2013 to 2019, the Truck Series visited the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario. Race winners include Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, Austin Cindric, Justin Haley and Brett Moffitt. Sticking with Canada, Kevin Harvick, Ron Fellows, Carl Edwards, Boris Said, Marcos Ambrose and Justin Allgaier win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Where else has NASCAR raced and what do fans want?

It is also worth mentioning that NASCAR has left North-American soil on three occasions. Firstly, there was the 1988 Goodyear NASCAR 500, which Neil Bonnett won. There was also the 1998 Coca-Cola 500 at the Twin Ring Motegi Oval, a race that Mike Skinner won. Finally, there was the last foreign race at the Suzuka International Racing Course East Circuit, an exhibition race in 2006.

Recently, the NASCAR social media page asked whether the Cup Series should tap into the international market again. Needless to say, the fans’ responses ranged from semi-serious to downright hilarious. When one fan suggested Monaco as a possible destination, the Twitter handle got a little sassy.

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Meanwhile, other fans suggested tracks like a 4.6 km paved oval in Argentina. Yet another person wanted Montreal to return and keep the sport on North American shores.

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Finally, someone suggested that the NASCAR cars tackle the Spa Francorchamps Circuit. Their reasoning was that the EuroNASCAR cars tackled it, so there shouldn’t be an issue. One thing is for sure, many fans had a great time suggesting tracks and bantering with each other.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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