Are you an auto racing fan? If yes, then you must have heard about NASCAR. But you probably don’t know what it is all about and how it came about. The National Association for Stock Auto Car Racing is an operating and sanctioning car racing company in America. It is usually abbreviated as NASCAR. The company is famously known for running automobile racing in Brazil, Australia, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, and the US. Monster energy cup, Xfinity and Gander Outdoor are the three largest NASCAR auto racing series. In addition to those three national racing series, there are other regional NASCAR series such as K&N pro, Pinty’s, PEAK Mexico and Whelen.
NASCAR Tracks Worldwide
More than 100 tracks and 1500 races are sanctioned by NASCAR in 48 states of the US. They’re also in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Founded in 1948 by France Bill Sr., the company is headquartered in Daytona, Florida. Its races enjoying television broadcast in more than 150 countries around the world.
In the early 1920s, Daytona beach gained its popularity as the place where world records in land speed are set. These beat Belgium and France as the other alternative locations. The beach acquired its status as the hub for speed enthusiasts following the race between Winston Alexander and Olds Ransom in 1903. The beach became mainly associated with fast cars early in 1936 when the race premiered involving a slightly more than 6km race course with about 3km stretch along the beach and a narrow highway.
Stock Car Racing History
In the United States, stock car racing got its roots during prohibition in rum-running. This is where moonshine was made in the United States’ region of Appalachia when the drivers ran. To distribute their contraband products, the bootleggers made use of fast cars to make it easy to evade the authorities. Most of these drivers would add modifications to their cars to achieve greater speeds and ease handling. The 21st amendment of the constitution of the US led to a slump in business for any of the bootleggers. However, the southerners had started producing moonshine thus some drivers went on with running only that the reason switched to evading revenue authorities who were making efforts to tax the bootleggers. By 1940s, the races were done for fun and grew to become a major source of entertainment in North Carolina.
In 1946, Bill realized the potential of creating a more organized competition series from what was being done as fun. He announced the creation of the stock racing circuit and made contact with the American Automobile Association (AAA) with the hope of getting some support financially for the idea. However, the AAA turned him down and so he opted to raise money for the competition through attendance.