What Is NASCAR?
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 Gander Outdoors 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.
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.
In 2017, NASCAR, in collaboration with its industry stakeholders, implemented a 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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