A Guide to NASCAR
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NASCAR was founded in 1947 by Bill France, it remains a family owned and operated business that sanctions and governs multiple racing sports events. NASCAR known as the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing sanctions over1500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 U.S states and Canada. The main events and by far the most popular are The Sprint Cup Series, The Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. NASCAR’s popularity sees itself only second to the National Football League among professional sports franchises in terms of television ratings in the U.S.
The origins of stock car racing in the U.S was interesting and somewhat questionable as began in bootlegging during the prohibition, when drivers ran bootleg whiskey and needed fast, often small vehicles to evade police and deliver their illicit goods. Drivers began to modify the cars for speed and handling as well as cargo capacity, drivers soon getting a love for fast pace and winding roads. Even after the prohibition was over the drivers still continued to deliver the prized alcohol, this time attempting to evade the tax man. The cars proved a hit and were put into a races during the 1940’s, the rest is history.
Bill France’s involvement began in March of 1936, drivers brought a collection of cars from coupes, convertibles, hardtops and sportscars to Daytona Beach, Florida. It was decided they would compete to see who was the best drivers and who had the best cars. A collection of 27 cars started the race with only 10 finishing, the larger heavier cars getting bogged down in the sand and the lightweight fords taking all top 6 spots, Mr France finished 5th. By early 1947 Bill France saw the potential for a series of races and he announced the National Championship Stock Car Circuit, also known as the NCSCC. Then it all began with the winner of the first race in January 1947 taking home $1000.00 and a trophy, all raced on the Daytona Beach track, concluding in Jacksonville the following December. The success saw fans often exceeding capacity and drivers able to compete for the prize and pride of the trophy.
The most popular and profitable cup was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series consisting of 36 races over 10 months, with to date Jimmie Johnson the most successful driver winning 5 consecutive cup titles. Todays modern advances see cars faster a