NASCAR stands for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. NASCAR is the largest racing organization in the US. NASCAR is most famous for the Sprint cup racing series which was called the Winston Cup and then the Nextel Cup for many years. Two other famous NASCAR racing series are the Nationwide Series (sort of a minor league for NASCAR), which was once called the Busch Series and the Camping World Truck Series (previously the Craftsman).
History of NASCAR
NASCAR was formed in 1948 by Bill France. France helped put together rules and regulations to standardize racing and turn it into a professional sport rather than just a hobby. The first NASCAR race was held in 1948 at Daytona Beach in Florida. NASCAR racing was popular in the Southeast area of the US, but has since grown into one of the most popular professional sports in the world. NASCAR races are broadcast to well over 100 countries in the world.
There have been several great racers throughout the history of NASCAR. Richard Petty "The King" has the most wins at 200 career victories. Other historical great NASCAR drivers include Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon, and Bobby Allison. It's these drivers skill, daring, courage, and personality that makes NASCAR so popular today.
Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup - The Sprint Cup is the premier racing series for NASCAR. This is the best of the best. The best race car drivers, racing teams, and race cars. Each race has 43 race cars. Cars must qualify for each race. The fastest car in qualifying will start first in the race. In addition to the winnings from each race there is a championship throughout the year. Points are allotted for how each driver places in each race. Bonus points can be earned for other achievements during the race including winning the poll spot, leading a lap, and leading the most laps. When there are 10 NASCAR races left for the year, the top 10 race car drivers with the most points join the Race for the Cup. These racers then race for the most points over the last 10 races and the winner is the Champion.
Nationwide - The NASCAR Nationwide series was formed in 1982. It is considered to be the second tier of NASCAR racing behind the Sprint Cup, however the Nationwide series is still very competitive and popular. Many Sprint Cup drivers came up through the Nationwide Series and many drivers spend their careers racing in the popular Nationwide car racing series. Nationwide races often take place on Saturday at the same track that the Sprint Sunday race is held.
Camping World Truck Series - This is the third tier of the popular NASCAR racing series. The Camping World Truck series is extremely popular. It is similar to the Sprint and Nationwide series, but races modified pick up trucks. The racing series was formed in 1995.