In the image ” Bill France Sr. organizes a meeting at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, to discuss the problems facing stock car racing. Among the issues facing the sport were tracks that could not handle the crowds or the cars and varying rules from location to location. Others agreed that these were problems that could be solved, and from that meeting, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing was born. “
NASCAR is one of the most followed sporting events in United States. National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing or the NASCAR is motorsport’s leading stock-car racing organization founded in the year 1948. It is really interesting to know that the only sport in the United States with more viewers and fans than NASCAR is the professional football! Being followed by so many fans globally, NASCAR has travelled a long journey. Obviously, there are many milestones this event has achieved on its way to become such a coveted event. Let’s dive into its history and cull out interesting facts about NASCAR.
- NASCAR was founded in the year 1948 by Bill France. His grandson Brian France in now the CEO who took over in the year 2003.
- The three largest racing-series sanctioned by this company are the Sprint Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.
- A NASCAR driver’s average speed is recorded around 180 mph. when driving at 200 mph, a NASCAR driver travels 293 feet in just one second, almost the length of a football field.
- The drivers experience up to three times the force of gravity on every turn they take. The temperatures in the car often exceed 100 degrees, reaching as much as 170 degrees by the floorboards.
- Drivers can lose 5-10 pounds in sweat during a race. If a driver loses more than 3 percent of his body weight in sweat and doesn’t replace those fluids, focus and reflexes start declining.
- Stadiums of NASCAR venues can hold up to 170,000 spectators – way ahead than any other sport in United States.
- There are over 75 million NASCAR fans in the United States. Internationally, its races are broadcast in over 150 countries.
- NASCAR’s biggest race of the year is the Daytona 500, and it’s also the first race of the year.
- There are eight different flags that the NASCAR officials use from the flag stand to control the race. The only flag that is shown only once per race is the white flag, which signals that there is only one lap remaining in the race.
- Racing legend Richard Petty won 200 NASCAR races in his career. He won 7 stock car championships, won Daytona 7 times and is still to this day known as the greatest driver in the history of NASCAR. Richard is credited with inventing the window net to help keep drivers arms inside the car to avoid injuries during a crash.
NASCAR has created history in United States’ sporting events. There is no racing event bigger than NASCAR. Stay tuned with DSport for more interesting facts about NASCAR!