Activities Sports & Athletics Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Tracks Share PINTEREST Email Print Sports & Athletics Car Racing Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Steve McCormick Steve McCormick has written about NASCAR racing and has appeared as a car racing expert on ESPN Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and Fox Sports Radio. our editorial process Steve McCormick Updated February 12, 2019 NASCAR has a rich history of racing dating back to 1949 at a variety of racetracks 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. 01 of 05 Martinsville Speedway Chris Trotman/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images 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. 02 of 05 Darlington Raceway Sarah Crabill / Getty Images Built in 1949, Darlington Raceway was NASCAR's first superspeedway. Darlington held it's first race, the Southern 500, on September 4th, 1950. Sadly the great Southern 500 no longer exists, but at least Darlington Raceway is still on the schedule. 03 of 05 Richmond International Raceway Chris Trotman / Getty Images Richmond International Raceway has gone through many changes since it first saw NASCAR action on April 19th, 1953. Originally it was a half-mile dirt oval. In 1968 the track was paved to form a .542 mile asphalt oval. It stayed that way until 1988 when the track was dug up and replaced with the current 3/4 mile 'D' shape configuration. 04 of 05 Watkins Glen International Elsa / Staff / Getty Images 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. 05 of 05 Daytona International Speedway Brian Lawdermilk / Stringer / Getty Images Bill France built this shrine to speed for the 1959 season. It opened in February of 1959 and hosted the very first Daytona 500 on February 22nd of that year. Today Daytona International Speedway is such a modern facility it is hard to remember that it is one of NASCAR's oldest.