National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is motorsport’s leading stock-car racing organization. The only sport in the United States with more viewers and fans than NASCAR is professional football. When a sport is this popular, you should definitely learn a little bit more about it.
Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the largest and most prestigious racing competition for professional stock car teams.
- It is the main governing body for stock car racing in the United States.
- NASCAR was created by William H.G. (Bill) France, a stock car driver and gas station owner.
- Stock cars are large, late model sedans that have been built especially for racing.
- The stock car’s large engine allows it to reach speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour.
- Most stock car races are held on oval asphalt tracks. The distance of race tracks can vary from 1/8 of a mile to 2 3/5 of a mile.
- NASCAR cars reach speeds above 150 mph, with many averaging speeds around 180 mph, and some pushing 200 mph. At 200 mph, NASCAR drivers in one second travel 293 feet, almost the length of a football field.
- NASCAR runs three national series: the Monster Energy Series, the XFINITY Series and the Camping World Truck Series, which is for trucks only.
- Restrictor plates, which slow cars down, are used at Talladega and Daytona International Speedways. They were installed because of the high banks found at both tracks.
- Some of the top races include the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600, Bojangles’ Southern 500, and the Brickyard 400.
- Richard Petty has the most career wins of any racer, with 200 wins. He is known as the “King” of stock-car racing.
- Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the most Cup championships, with seven each. Johnson is the only NASCAR Cup Series driver to win five consecutive championships (2006-2010).
- Dale Earnhardt Sr. earned 76 Cup Series wins and is the all-time race winner at Daytona International Speedway, with 34 wins. Earnhardt died in an accident on the last lap of the Daytona 500 on February 18, 2001. There has not been a death in NASCAR’s top series since then.
- December 1, 2016 – NASCAR announces that it has signed a multi-year deal with Monster Energy, which replaces Sprint as entitlement sponsor. NASCAR’s top series of races will be named after the beverage company.
- Stadiums for NASCAR venues can hold up to 170,000 spectators – this is much more than for any other sport in North America. Of all auto racing NASCAR is the biggest. There are over 75 million NASCAR fans in the United States. Internationally, its races are broadcast in over 150 countries. In 2004, the company holds 17 of the Top 20 regularly attended single-day sporting events in the world.