The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a family-owned and operated racing league that oversees and governs several different types of auto racing throughout the world.
History of NASCAR
27 cars and their drivers gathered at Daytona Beach, Florida on March 8, 1936, to find out who was the fastest car and driver among them. Only 10 cars managed to finish the race on the sandy beaches of Daytona including one young driver named Bill France.
Just eleven years later, France sought to organize a governing body and unified series of races and drivers and so France founded the National Championship Stock Car Circuit (NCSCC.) France approached the American Automobile Association (AAA) to help finance the venture but they declined. Determined, France announced that the new set of rules for the NCSCC and the winning driver of the NCSCC would receive a trophy and $1000.00.
After the NCSCC’s inaugural season, which saw huge turnouts at tracks and surprise interest, France gathered 35 men to meet on the top floor of the Streamline Hotel in Florida. The men set about developing the point system on hotel napkins, discussing different divisions and coming up with a name. After it was found out that the original name, the National Stock Car Racing Association was already taken the men came up with the National Association of Stock Car Racing. NASCAR was founded February 21, 1948, and held their first race on June 19, 1949, at Charlotte Speedway.
Today, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,500 events at over 100 venues across the United States and Canada and is the number one stock car racing organization in the world. NASCAR trails only behind the National Football League (NFL) in American viewership and holds 17 of the top 20 records of single day attendance for any sporting event. NASCAR also holds more sponsorships than any other major sport in the United States.
NASCAR host several leagues and series but the most popular is the Sprint Cup Series, followed by the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. NASCAR hosts Sprint Cup series events across the United States including road tracks as well as its more used oval race tracks.
What was once considered a “good old boy” club has ballooned in popularity over the years and looks to remain the king of stock car racing for decades to come.