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.
NASCAR has come a long way from its beginnings with
unpaved tracks and sparse crowds. See more NASCAR pictures.
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.
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