NASCAR HISTORY

NASCAR history begins with bootleggers racing from town to town during Prohibition. Over the next 60 years, NASCAR developed into a giant of a racing circuit. NASCAR history is linked with American history and is full of interesting tales.

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What is the history of stock car racing?

Stock car racing was born in the days of Prohibition and has since exploded into the No. 1 spectator sport in the United States. How did Bill France make that all happen?

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  • How does downforce help a NASCAR race car?
    How does downforce help a NASCAR race car?

    If you've ever seen a race car take-flight during a race, then you know how quickly one can suddenly resemble a low-flying aircraft. How do race car drivers keep their wheels on the ground? See more »

  • How Impound Races Work
    How Impound Races Work

    Before impound racing, NASCAR knew it had to find a balance between drivers who could afford to use one setup to qualify in a race and another in the actual race, and drivers who had to make do with a single setup. See more »

  • How the NHRA Works
    How the NHRA Works

    If you live for long weekends spent at the track, submerged in the whine of the engines and the roar of the cars as they shoot by, then you may want to learn more about the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). What do they do? See more »

  • How the United States Auto Club Works
    How the United States Auto Club Works

    For anyone interested in becoming involved in NASCAR or racing, the United States Auto Club is the place to start. So what all does the organization do for the sport and how can you become a member? See more »

  • What is the history of stock car racing?
    What is the history of stock car racing?

    Stock car racing was born in the days of Prohibition and has since exploded into the No. 1 spectator sport in the United States. How did Bill France make that all happen? See more »

  • What was NASCAR's gentleman's agreement?
    What was NASCAR's gentleman's agreement?

    NASCAR's gentleman's agreement was an unwritten rule that governed the behavior of the drivers in NASCAR's top racing series for almost 30 years. So what happened to the rule? Are there no gentlemen in racing anymore? See more »

  • What were the stock car aero wars?
    What were the stock car aero wars?

    While many successful car corporations were experimenting with aerodynamics in the 1960s, the “aero war” itself usually refers to the two biggest companies, Ford and Chrysler. These corporations truly went head-to-head with each other to be the best. See more »

  • What were the stock car tire wars?
    What were the stock car tire wars?

    All stock cars must use the exact same tires from the same manufacturer so that no racer has an advantage over another. That means only one tire manufacturer supplies NASCAR with tires. See more »

  • NASCAR Results
    NASCAR Results

    The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup has gone under several different names during its history, and we have the results of every one. Learn about each year's race from the NASCAR Strictly Stock division to the present day. See more »

  • NASCAR Season Recaps
    NASCAR Season Recaps

    NASCAR has come a long way. What began as a rag-tag bunch of racers battling at dirt tracks for small audiences has since grown into a dazzling national spectacle. Read information, stats and stories about each NASCAR season here. See more »

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