37 Facts About NASCAR


NASCAR was familiar with the history of the area from the land speed record attempts.

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NASCAR's father asked him to look up Bob Barkhimer in San Jose, California.

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NASCAR went to events with them, stayed weekends with them and generally became very familiar with racing on the west coast.

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NASCAR was posthumously inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, January 30,2015.

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The original plans for NASCAR included three distinct divisions: Modified, Roadster, and Strictly Stock.

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In 2007, NASCAR announced it was expanding "The Chase" from ten to twelve drivers, eliminating the 400-point cutoff, and giving a ten-point bonus to the top twelve drivers for each of the races they have won out of the first 26.

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In 2011, NASCAR announced a number of major rules changes, the most significant being abandoning the points system.

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In 2014, NASCAR announced another revamp to the Chase format, expanding the Chase pool to 16 drivers, and eliminating four drivers after every three races, leaving four drivers to compete for the championship at the season finale at Homestead.

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In May 2007, NNS director Joe Balash confirmed that NASCAR was exploring options to deal with the Buschwhacker controversy.

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In 1994, NASCAR announced the formation of the NASCAR SuperTruck Series presented by Craftsman.

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On May 8,2018, NASCAR and Camping World announced the Truck Series title sponsor would be moved to Camping World subsidiary Gander Outdoors starting in 2019.

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NASCAR acquired the series on April 27,2018 after being privately owned for 60 years.

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NASCAR Pinty's Series is a NASCAR racing series in Canada that derives from the old CASCAR Super Series.

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In December 2006, NASCAR announced the creation of a new series in Mexico, the NASCAR Corona Series, replacing the existing Desafio Corona Series, to begin in 2007.

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In 2004, NASCAR began to sanction a mini stock racing series in Mexico, known as the Mexico T4 Series.

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In early 2012, NASCAR announced that it would sanction the existing European-based Racecar Euro Series as a "NASCAR Touring Series".

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In 2010, NASCAR officially sanctioned its first sim racing eSports series, partnering with iRacing to form the NASCAR iRacing.

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Only after the deaths of Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin and Tony Roper in 2000 and Dale Earnhardt in 2001 did NASCAR revisit the idea of decreasing the G-forces a driver sustained during a crash.

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The impact-absorbing "SAFER Barrier" had been in use as early as 1998, but NASCAR hesitated to install those walls out of concerns that they may bring about unintended consequences of aggravating the crashes, and possibly because of the effort needed to clean up the debris from the damaged walls.

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Earnhardt's death prompted NASCAR to implement the SAFER barrier and consider drastic improvements to the safety of the drivers.

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NASCAR redesigned the racing vehicle with safety improvements, calling it the Car of Tomorrow, which debuted in 2007.

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NASCAR has been far more aggressive with safety changes since Earnhardt's death, and as of 2021, no NASCAR driver has been involved in a fatal accident since.

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NASCAR has been the target of criticism on various topics from various sources.

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Originally scheduled for 2008, NASCAR adopted the use of unleaded fuel in all three of its top series in 2007.

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In 2011, NASCAR switched to E15 "green" fuel for all three touring series.

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Years, NASCAR had been under criticism for allowing the Confederate flag to be flown during races.

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On June 10,2020, in the wake of protests related to the murder of George Floyd, NASCAR announced that the display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all of its events and properties.

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NASCAR included a race at the Mexican road course Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the Nationwide Series schedule from 2005 through 2008, as well as a race in Montreal, Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from 2007 through 2012, with the Camping World Truck Series adding a date at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013.

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Some think this could be a very positive move for NASCAR, which has seen its television ratings drop 21 percent between 2005 and 2007.

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On May 7,2019, NASCAR announced a sports betting content partnership with The Action Network to provide editorial content and analysis to NASCAR.

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NASCAR said the partnership was intended to prepare for the spread of legal sports betting in the US following the 2018 US Supreme Court ruling overturning the federal PASPA sports betting prohibition.

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NASCAR previously struck an exclusive deal with sports data solutions provider Genius Sports to develop an official NASCAR gaming offering for legal sportsbooks.

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NASCAR Digital Media is a television production company located in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

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NASCAR is a subsidiary of NASCAR and produces programs designed to promote the sport of professional stock car racing.

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NASCAR Kinetics was established in 2009 with the mission of connecting college students nationwide to NASCAR, and mentored its last round of students in 2013.

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Movies about NASCAR racing include Days of Thunder, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Ta Ra Rum Pum, and Logan Lucky.

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NASCAR racing heavily influenced Pixar's Cars franchise of movies, and the third in specific focused a lot on NASCAR's history.

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