Racing had begun before WWI but was put to a pause when the war began.
Racing After WWI
Racing was put to a pause due to World War 1 but was resumed after the war was over. It was resumed shortly after everyone was recovered
Board Track Racing
Board track racing was first just for motorcycles until they started racing other cars on it. They were called "motordromes". The majority of races in America were held in these.
By this time, 24 board tracks had been built all around the United States. A majority of them had been built in California.
Automobile Association of America's Contest Board
The AAA had sanctioned a total of 123 racing events on 24 different tracks. 82 of the races happened to be on wooden surfaces.
National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing
A few people met up in a hotel at Daytona Beach to discuss problems facing stock car racing. The association was then born on this day
Generation 1 car
The first NASCAR races were held at Daytona Beach, FL. The location of the tracks helped promote racing and got in to be more popular. Fords were the most common type of racing car used and the Ford Modified was the car used to win the first NASCAR race by Red Byron.
Nascar was now invented
Nascar's First Race
2 months after that meeting, Nascar's first race was held at Daytona Beach, FL. The race was won by Red Byron in his Ford Modified.
The first strictly stock car race was at the Charlotte Speedway. This race was won by Jim Roper.
Sara Christian was the first female NASCAR driver. She finished 14th out of 33 drivers in NASCAR's first strictly stock race at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949.
Darlington International Raceway
The Darlington International Raceway was the first concrete speedway to hold a Nascar event. It was 500 miles long and had 74 racers. Johnny Mantz won in his 1950 Plymouth
In the year of 1952, roll bars were then mandatory by NASCAR. Before this, they weren't required and drivers used ropes and harnesses as seat belts.
Pure Oil Company
In 1952, the Pure Oil Company began to produce tires for NASCAR. These were special tires made for stock cars. Before this, only street tires were used in racing.
Two way radios were used for the first time February 10, 1952 in Daytona Beach, Florida. They were used so drivers could have contact with the people outside of the track. It had became an important aspect to racing afterwards.
NASCAR competition held outside of America.
The first ever NASCAR competition held outside of America was in Canada. Buddy Shuman won the 200-lap race on a half mile dirt track.
First Road Race
The first road race was held in New Jersey. It was the international 100 by an airport.
Professional Athlete of the Year
Fireball Roberts was voted professional athlete of the year by ABC News. It was the first time the reward goes to a race car driver.
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500 in front of around 40,000 people
NASCAR was first televised.
The very first NASCAR races to ever be shown on television were broadcast by CBS. The race in Daytona Beach, FL was televised
ABC Sports televises the Firecracker 250 from Daytona as part of its Wide World of Sports. It was an event held at Daytona Beach by NASCAR. It was an Xfinity Series race.
Wendell Scott is the first African- American to win a NASCAR race. This happened at the Jacksonville Speedway.
Richard Petty wins his very first championship. Little did he know there would be more to come.
The first racing suit was invented by Bill Simpson in 1967. The purpose of it was to protect drivers from fires. So, basically it was fire proof. It was used by 30 out of 33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500.
Generation 2 cars
In the fall of 1968, Richard Petty left the Plymouth NASCAR team for Ford's team. NASCAR then decided to create the "Superbird" race car which lured Richard Petty back to NASCAR. Richard Petty then won 8 races the year he came back.
The Alabama International Speedway opens on this day. It also known as the Talladega Superspeedway.
Buddy baker became the first race car driver to go faster than 200 mph in NASCAR
Jimmy carter, the 39th president, invites NASCAR drivers to the White House.
Richard Petty wins his 7th series championship which was a record until it was matched in 1994.
Generation 3 cars
The 3rd generation of cars became a more race centered type of car. The wheel base was reduced to 110 inches. Race teams started to build their own cars.
Diane Teel, a bus driver, is the first woman to qualify for a NASCAR Busch race. She starts in 19th place but finishes in 10th place.
Bill Elliott sets the record for the fastest speed at 212.809 mph.
Generation 4 cars
The bid bodied style of cars were dominant up until the 1980's such as the Monte Carlo.. For this generation, NASCAR decided to make their cars smaller and lighter.
Richard Petty finally retires after holding his record for so long. Shortly after his retirement, other racers began to tie & beat his record.
NASCAR begins to expand more rapidly now. The New Hampshire motor speedway had its first event take place this year and Indianapolis joined the schedule as well.
Dale Earnhardt Record
Dale Earnhardt wins his seventh series title, which ties him with Richard Petty's record
Mike skinner wins the Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic. This is the first race for the NASCAR craftsman truck series
After expanding NASCAR by 10 tracks, Las Vegas joined the Cup Series circuit.
NASCAR celebrates 50 years of racing. Starting in 1948 and making it to 1998.
On the final corner of the final lap, Dale Earnhardt crashed in the Daytona 500. He was fishtailing and then all of the sudden hit the wall. It seems as if he had passed out or something before the crash but it is unknown.
Tony Stewart's championship was the beginning for a youth movement in NASCAR. It began a new generation of drivers: Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who gain more popularity.
Brian France is named Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, replacing his father, Bill France Jr.
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup is announced, giving the sport a post-season comparable to a playoff. Kurt Busch wins the first Chase.
The "Car of Tomorrow" introduced a new era in car safety. It featured a common body and chassis for all manufacturers designed to reduce the need for track-specific race cars. It also had a front splitter and rear wing to help with aerodynamics.
After resigning his position at NASCAR, Bill France Jr. dies at the age of 74. The creator of NASCAR. He died from cancer.
Jimmie Johnson makes history by winning his 3rd consecutive sprint cup. Shortly after, he was nominated Male athlete of the year by the Associated press.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
The inaugural class of the NASCAR hall of fame is announced in Charlotte, NC. Members of that first class included Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson.
NASCAR unveiled its Generation-6 car which brings racing back to its roots of stock cars. They become more exciting and safer on the track.
Car of Tomorrow
NASCAR has been looking for ways to improve safety on their cars. So, they created the "Car-of-Tomorrow". This car has a reinforced roll cage for car crashes. The roof was raised 4 inches higher and two inches wider for better safety in rolls as well. The wing was also replaced by a spoiler because it was blamed for the cause of many flips.
Darrel Wallace Jr
Darrel Wallace Jr was the second African-American to win a NASCAR race. He won at the Martinsville Speedway