The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a privately owned company founded by bill France Sr. in 1948. It sanctions and operates various car racing series, both in the United States and abroad.
Nowadays, NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races each year, in North America and Europe. Races are held in 48 US states + Canada, Mexico and Europe.
Short info about NASCAR
Founded: February 21, 1948
Founder: Bill France, Sr.
CEO: Jim France (since 2018)
Headquartered: Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
U.S. National series
- The NASCAR Cup Series (NCS). This is the highest level of professional competition in NASCAR. Since 2001, the Cup Series season has been comprised of 36 races over 10 months.
- The NASCAR2Xfinity Series. This is the second-highest level of professional competition in NASCAR.
- The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. This series features modified pickup trucks. It is one of the three national divisions of NASCAR. (Cup Series and Xfinity are the other two.)
- The ARCA Menards Series. This series is comprised of races at big touring series tracks and local racing series tracks, chiefly in the Midwestern United States. It was a privately-owned series for 60 years before being acquired by NASCAR in 2018.
U.S. Regional racing series
- Weekly Series
- Whelen Modified Tour
- ARCA Menards Series East and West
- AutoZone Elite and other divisions
Series outside the United States
- Pinty´s Series (in Canada)
- PEAK Mexico Series
- Whelen Euro Series
Online racing series
- NASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series
- NASCAR Heat Pro League
- NASCAR Ignite Series
- NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series
Examples of NASCAR subsidiaries and divisions
NASCAR Digital Media
This is NASCAR´s subsidiary for television production and website management. It is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
International Speedway Corporation (ISC)
ISC was acquired by NASCAR in 2019. Prior to this, it was an independent corporation, but with strong ties to NASCAR, as it was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1953 to construct and manage competition tracks.
The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA)
This auto racing sanctioning body was founded in the United States in 1953 by John Marcum. ARCA has always had strong ties to NASCAR, but didn´t become a part of NASCAR until 2018.
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)
This is a North American sports car racing sanctioning body owned by NASCAR and based in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is a part of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), via the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS). IMSA was founded by John and Peggy Bishop in 1969, with support from Bill France, Sr.
A lot of NASCAR fans enjoy betting on NASCAR racing and there are a large number of different online sportsbooks that offer NASCAR betting. The betting options can however be more limited than you might expect due to the strict US betting regulations and due to the fact that NASCAR mainly is popular in the United States. F1 is a lot more popular internationally and there are therefore more betting options available for F1 than NASCAR. Most gambling operators offer a lot of gambling options for the Daytona 500.
How NASCAR was founded
In early 1947, William “Bill” France – who was fond of racing cars – realised he wanted to create a unified series for car racing. He announced the foundation of the National Championship Stock Car Circuit (NSCC) and developed a set of rules and awards.
The first NCSCC season began right then, in January 1947, and France promised that the winner of the season would be awarded $1,000 and a trophy. The first race of the season was held at the Daytona Beach track and the last race was the one that took place in Jacksonville in December. In total, almost 40 events were included in the season and the races attracted a lot of spectators.
The driver Fonty Flock was crowned winner of the 1947 NCSCC season after entering 24 events and winning seven of them. Just as promised, he got a $1,000 and a trophy. Also, a total of $3,000 in prize money was divided among other successful drivers.
NASCAR is founded
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was founded by William France on February 21, 1948, with the support of several other drivers. He had originally wanted to use the name National Stock Car Racing Association, but it had already been taken by another sanctioning body.
The original plans for NASCAR included three divisions:
- Strictly Stock
The idea of a Roadsters division wasn´t long-lived, but the Modified division still exists as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The Strictly Stock division had to be put on hold until the following year, as there was a shortage of suitable cars in the country.
First NASCAR season
The first NASCAR season was the 1948 season, and it featured 52 dirt track races for modified cars. NASCAR hosted its first event at Daytona Beach on February 15, 1948.
First NASCAR Strictly Stock race
The first NASCAR Strictly Stock race was held at the Charlotte Speedway (not the Charlotte Motor Speedway) in June 1949.