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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was founded in 1948 by Bill France Sr. in Daytona Beach, FL. NASCAR is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. Based in Daytona Beach, FL., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

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Bill France Sr. organized a meeting at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, to discuss the problems facing stock car racing. Among the issues facing the sport were tracks that could not handle the crowds or the cars and varying rules from location to location. Others agreed that these were problems that could be solved, and from that meeting, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing was born.

The Future of NASCAR

NASCAR, in collaboration with its industry stakeholders, has implemented a new competition format in all three of its national series. The new race format is designed to emphasize aggressive racing and strategy, with the goal of delivering more dramatic moments over the course of a race and season.

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    Green Flag

    Displayed at the start of the race and during restarts. The lead driver cannot be passed on the track before the green flag is waving.

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    Yellow Flag

    Tells the drivers to slow down, and no passing is allowed. This flag comes out to signal a caution and may be needed if conditions are unsafe, such as debris on the track, a car wreck, or bad weather.

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    Red Flag

    Signifies the race must be stopped immediately. This is usually for safety reasons that puts the drivers at too much risk.

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    Black Flag

    If race officials have a concern with a car they may give it a black flag. Reasons for a black flag include dropping debris on the track or going too slowly. Drivers have five laps to respond to a black flag.

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    Black Flag with Diagonal White Stripe

    Any driver not obeying the black flag and pitting within five laps is shown this flag. They will not score in the race until they pit and NASCAR officials decide what to do.

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    Blue Flag with Diagonal Yellow Stripe

    This is the courtesy flag shown to drivers who aren't on the lead lap. It indicates that the slower driver needs to yield to faster drivers behind them.

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    White Flag

    Shown when the lead driver begins the race's final lap.

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    Green Checkered Flag

    Shown by the flagstand to signal the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2. Each race consists of three stages that contain a predetermined number of laps, referred to as Stage 1, Stage 2 and Final Stage.

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    Checkered Flag

    The most famous flag, this is waved when the winner has crossed the finish line.