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Summit Point Raceway

Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, West Virginia, has three circuits within the facility: the 2.0-mile "Main Circuit," the 1.1-mile "Jefferson Circuit." and the Shenandoah Circuit. The National Capital Chapter holds driving events on all three circuits.

Main Circuit

The 2.0-mile Main Circuit has ten turns. The track was partially repaved in 1998, and the remainder was repaved in 1999. Consequently, the adhesion of the pavement varies somewhat as one proceeds around the track. Because the track is in use almost constantly, paint has been applied to the surface at the apexes of several turns to reduce wear. There is a substantial downhill elevation change through Turn 4 ("the chute") to Turn 5, with a progressive rise back through Turn 9.

Most turns are of constant-radius, although Turns 1 and 6 are of increasing-radius, and Turns 7 and 10 are of decreasing-radius. The main straight is 3000 feet long and terminates in a 180 hairpin. Moderate-to-heavy braking is also required for Turn 5, at the bottom of the chute. As a result, this track places one of the highest loads on braking of all of the tracks on the East Coast. Fortunately, the runoff areas after the braking zones are fairly generous, making this a reasonably safe track to learn and practice threshold braking.

Excluding the long main straight, the remainder of the track packs ten turns in 1.4 miles, making a circuit of similar complexity to the seven-turn, 1.1-mile Jefferson Circuit. However, as most of the turns are of constant-radius (and those that aren't are built on level ground), the Main Circuit is reasonably easy to learn. You will probably pick up 90% of what there is to know about the Main Circuit in a two-day school, although that last 10% could well occupy you for years to come.

In wet weather, the painted areas drain water differently from the unpainted surface, and one must be very careful to take those changes in adhesion into account. Due to the high use this track receives, a well-worn and fairly "polished" line has appeared in some of the turns; consequently, the ideal "wet line" in these turns is displaced in places from the "dry line." Yet in other places, the dry line works perfectly well in the rain. If you become a good wet-weather driver at Summit Point's Main Circuit, other tracks will seem easy by comparison.

Track Map

Summit Point Main Circuit Track Map

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