NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) began life as a family run business in 1947 when Bill France, Sr, a stock car racing specialist, decided to develop an exciting new driving competition that would offer a new kind of thrilling motorsport experience that would offer fans an alternative to the major race tournaments. NASCAR started life shortly after and the organisation’s first racing event, known as the “strictly stock” series, was held in North Carolina in 1949 and continues today under the new name of ‘Sprint Cup Series’.
The Race Events
There are many NASCAR racing tournaments throughout the year, but the three largest racing series are the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. The Nationwide series began in 1982 and has since become arguably the most important event in the NASCAR calendar. Most NASCAR events are now broadcast on UK television and stream live on British websites too.
NASCAR Points System
NASCAR is also known for its unconventional means of keeping point scores. A driver is rewarded an amount of points based on where it came in the race, e.g. First place of the 43 vehicles receives 43 points with second place gaining 42 points etc.
However, there are additional points involved too, as any driver that is able to lead throughout an entire lap is given a bonus point, and the driver who leads the most laps throughout the race receives an additional bonus point too. Furthermore, the race winner of the race gets an additional three points, meaning that the winner can receive a total of either 47 or 48 points. It is unconventional and even quite strange systems like this that has made NASCAR such a runaway success.
The Popularity of NASCAR
The rules of NASCAR racing, along with the presentation of its cars, has changed a lot over the years, and now each race features a total of 43 NASCAR automobiles, and the drivers themselves are often portrayed themselves as larger than life characters to give a highly entertaining aesthetic to the whole performance, which has made the sport connect with racing fans on a personal level where other motoring spots have not been able to.