Today in Sports History #14 - NASCAR is born (February 21, 1948)

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Today in Sports History presents an event from motorsports. NASCAR the motorsports series from American was officially incorporated on February 21, 1948. The National Association for Stock Car Racing is a family-owned and operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto-racing sports events. 

Early stock car racing

The corporate headquarter is in Daytona Beach, Florida with several regional and international offices in Canada and Mexico.  

NASCAR is really famous in the US while the rest of the world is watching Formula 1 - at least myself. In the US it (NASCAR) is second to the National Football League among professional sports franchises in terms of television viewers and fans across the country.

Auto and car racing - what categories do exist?

  • Formula racing (Worldwide the most popular motorsport incl. e.g. Formula 1) - one-driver seated cars
  • Touring car racing - this is a style of road racing that is run with production-derived race cars 
  • Sports car racing - this are races with production-derived versions of sports cars
  • Production-car racing this racing category is also known as "showroom stock" and is an economical and rules-restricted version of touring-car racing,
  • Stock car racing - this is where NASCAR belongs to - in North America still the most popular form of auto racing

In addition to this we also have racing categories such as Rallying, Drag racing, Off-road racing, Kart racing to name a few.

Sources: Wikipedia, 

To see what happened in Sports History already - check the links below:

February 20: Figure Skating

February 19: Speed Skating

February 18: First Ironman

February 17: Invention of the Bike

February 16: NHL lockout

February 15: Olympic gold twice

February 14: Baseball hero

February 13: Golf Scandal

February 12: Team Canada Ice Hockey

February 11: Mike Tyson knocked out

February 10: Mark Spitz Birthday

February 9: Volleyball invented

February 8: First NFL Draft


But do you know the origins of NASCAR racing? Now that is a good story! Upped.

Thanks, what you mean with your question though?

Great Post, The Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC is a great family trip. The old pics and drivers is a great history lesson.