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Green race cars are considered unlucky on the NASCAR circuit. It's a superstition that began more than 100 years ago — decades before NASCAR was even formed. So why is the color green associated with failure in stock car racing?
The high-octane stock car races characteristic of NASCAR have become an American institution. But is it true that this billion-dollar industry traces its roots back to Prohibition?
Becoming a NASCAR driver is about so much more than just going fast. To make it to the top of the NASCAR circuit, you have to be strong, smart and hardworking, too.
Without a doubt, the Daytona 500 has the most unique qualifying format in the entire NASCAR season. What makes qualifying so unusual? How does a driver make it onto the starting grid for the race?
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?
Scanners reveal the human element still very much at work in stock car racing. A good scanner lets you be a fly on the wall in your favorite driver's car. You tune to their radio frequency, and presto -- You can overhear all the conversations!
Telemetry is the remote collection and measurement of data. It usually involves some sort of wireless broadcast. Of course, remote data collection is important in many fields -- defense, medicine, even agriculture.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Aerodynamics is the study of how air moves, and it's a crucial element in stock car design. But it has changed car racing in ways some fans find infuriating.
Though he might be just out of his rookie year of NASCAR, Michael McDowell has already made big headlines and managed several national television appearances.
Stock car drivers are the ones who get all the attention after a big win, but kudos also need to go to the team working behind the scenes on the car's suspension.
Mike Wallace continued a family tradition when he entered his first NASCAR race in 1990 -- $17 million later, he's still going strong.
Ted Musgrave has been behind the wheel of many different vehicles and has participated in each of the three major NASCAR racing divisions. His longest career was in the Winston Cup Series, where he raced from 1990 to 2003.
When many of today's young NASCAR drivers were barely old enough to push a matchbox car, Michael Waltrip was already racing for NASCAR -- and he hasn't stopped since.
Terry Cook has been a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver for almost 15 years. Yet, in 2008, Cook earned the Featherlite "Most Improved Driver" title.
Phillip McGilton may not have started racing as early as some of his contemporaries, but he wasn't wasting his time either. By the age of 25, McGilton created PJM Enterprises, even as he explored racing.
Though he grew up in a family of drivers and racetrack owners, the racing bug did not infect Todd Bodine until he was 13 years old. Seeing his older brothers Geoff and Brett race was an inspiration to him to get behind the wheel himself.
AJ Allmendinger is comparatively new to the NASCAR Nextel racing circuit, but he's already made a name for himself around the track. Thanks to several victories and a few Rookie of the Year titles, Allmendinger is gaining in popularity.
Though racing runs in Dave Blaney's family (his father and grandfather both dabbled in motorsports), he wasn't interested in stock car racing initially. But NASCAR initially pulled him in, and he's been a successful driver ever since.
Not many people can claim to have won a major stock car race -- especially at the age of 15 driving their mother's car. Although David Stremme can, the officials at the New Paris Speedway disqualified him when they discovered his young age.
Brian Vickers could not have asked for a better backdrop for his childhood as an up-and-coming NASCAR racer. He was born in Thomasville, NC, near the major hub of the NASCAR universe.