Wednesday, February 21, 2018

On This Day In 1948 NASCAR Was Founded

This from "On this day in history" - Feb. 21: "On this day in 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Racing–or NASCAR, as it will come to be widely known–is officially incorporated."

"The driving force behind the establishment of NASCAR was William “Bill” France Sr. (1909-1992), a mechanic and auto-repair shop owner from Washington, D.C., who in the mid-1930s moved to Daytona Beach, Florida."

Richard Petty - The King
Further down in the article, "Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500, which was run on February 22 of that year.  The Daytona 500 became NASCAR’s season opener and one of its premiere events. Lee Petty’s son Richard, who began his racing career in 1958, won the Daytona 500 a record seven times and became NASCAR’s first superstar before retiring in 1992.  On February 18, 1979, the first live flag-to-flag coverage of the Daytona 500 was broadcast on television. An end-of-the-race brawl between drivers Cale Yarborough and Donnie and Bobby Allison was a huge publicity generator and helped boost NASCAR’s popularity on a national scale." 

In this year's Daytona 500, 27 year old Austin Dillon won the "great American race" driving the #3 car, the same as the legendary late great Dale Earnhardt, Sr. [who won the race 20 years ago-almost to the day]. 

To read the whole article from, please click here.

Boogity, boogity, boogity, Let's go racing! 


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