­NASCAR has come a long way. What began as a rag-tag bunch of racers battling at dusty dirt tracks for small audiences and little prize money has since grown into a dazzling national spectacle, becoming America's favorite form of motorsports along the way.

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Though NASCAR's first sanctioned races featured prewar-vintage Modified coupes -- with hopped-up engines, stiffened suspensions, and lightened bodies -- the Strictly Stock division that debuted in 1949 quickly became the main attraction and eventually evolved into today's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series.

In the articles below, you will find recaps of each NASCAR season, from the humble beginnings to the lavish operation it has become today. In each article, we have highlighted the important races and given you the final standings. Of course, we have also packed each article with enough NASCAR pictures to make you feel like you were sitting in the stands.

To begin exploring our NASCAR season recaps, see:

1947 NASCAR Recap 1948 NASCAR Modified Recap
1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Recap 1950 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1951 NASCAR Grand National Recap 1952 NASCAR Grand National Recap 1953 NASCAR Grand National Recap 1954 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1955 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1956 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1957 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1958 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1959 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1960 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1961 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1962 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1963 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1964 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1965 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1966 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1967 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1968 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1969 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1970 NASCAR Grand National Recap
1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1991 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
2004 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap
2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Recap
2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Recap

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