Winston Speedway is renowned for its excellent clay track. Compared to a traditional asphalt track, there are quite a few differences. A dirt race track uses the assistance of water to keep the clay smoothly packed down. Before each race, workers spray the track with water to ensure that the dirt sticks together properly. The condition of the clay track can change several times during the course of a race. Although the track starts off the day being smooth, the rigors of the race leads to a track that is rugged and undefined. A sudden downpour of rain can potentially cause the race to be postponed until the track dries out enough.
Asphalt is known to severely decrease the life span of tires. On the other hand, a clay track is a lot less harsh on the car’s tires. It is not uncommon for a racer to only use a few sets of tires during the entire race season. Due to the potential for debris to eject up from the dirt, the race cars often have shields to protect the windshields.
Although clay tracks differ from their asphalt counterparts, the level of competitiveness is second to none. In hopes of gaining the checkered flag, drivers must use their skill and experience to maneuver around the dirt-laden track.