History of NASCAR

Money developed independently in different parts of the world, the concept of money datesNASCAR history dates as far back as 1794, it began when farmers protested against federal tax on whiskey and began manufacturing their own product and delivering it. There was a boom in the illegal whiskey trade during prohibition from 1920 to 1930. During this time bootleggers as they were known as delivered their product in secret often driving at high speeds with police in close pursuit. This often led them to racing among themselves to determine who drove the fastest.

In 1938 a race was organized in Daytona, FL by Bill France, with the races getting more and more popular he realized that for the sport to thrive a professional organization was required. France gathered promoters from the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest of United States to draw rules for the association and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was born. The first race was held in Charlotte, N.C. in 1949 and was called strictly stock division because the racing was open to only American made passenger cars. All parts of the car were required to be listed in the manufacturers catalog. This race started the Winston cup series.

The first superspeedway opened in 1950 in South Carolina and the Southern 500 racing was held here. With NASCAR growing in popularity lot of companies came forward to sponsor individual drivers to drive their products. In 1954 Bill France put forth his plan to build a speedway in Daytona, the plan met with a lot of skepticism from his detractors. By 1959 the Daytona speedway was constructed and France was able to silence his critics with the success of the crowd turnout. The Daytona 500 is a race which stills keeps bringing fans back every year. Some of the famous NASCAR racers of our time are Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and David Pearson.

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