First, let’s start with the basics, what does NASCAR stand for?
National Association for Stock Car Racing
Although NASCAR was incorporated in 1948, its legacy begins years before that. It starts with a man named William “Bill” France Sr. who moved to Dayton Beach in the 1930’s. Mr. France began being intrigued in car racing but quickly realized how unethical it was. People were being cheated and the race it was evident to Mr. France that there needed to be a better way.
After gathering a group of racing enthusiast, they began talking and discussing how to fix the problem. Mr. France explained his ideas of creating a governed society for racing where rules were followed and enforced.
From that group, NASCAR was formed, and Bill France became the president of the organization.
The first race was held in June 1949, and it was called Strictly Stock in North Carolina. It was a great turn out with about 13000 viewings there to cheer on the races. As the first race of the NASCAR, it because perfectly evident that there were rules and as a racer you must comply with them.
In the Strictly Stock race, the first place winner, Glenn Dunnaway, was disqualified for his vehicle being out of specs according to the rules. From the street races to the NASCAR track, Mr. France created an empire where racing with integrity and honor was highly rewarded.
With soon to be great season openers like the Daytona 500, people were coming near and far to be a part of the spectators and bidders.
As the years progressed, NASCAR became more and more popular. Come 1972, Mr. France’s son took over the Corporation and was instrumental in making it was it is today, a global event.
Mr. France Jr. transformed NASCAR into a 20th-century profitable corporation with media contracts and sponsorships. From humble beginnings and a man following a vision, NASCAR is the largest racing venue in the world!
If you missed it, my first blog talks about the lineup of the 2016 NASCAR races.