In the 1930's, the first Daytona races were actually
the beach in front of crowds of fans.
Today one of the most popular spectactor sports in America, NASCAR began humbly enough in the 1930's with informal races held at popular venues around the country.
One of the first of these amateur races took place in - where else? - Daytona Beach, Florida (now the home of the storied Daytona 500) where "suped up" cars were put through their paces in front of crowds of onlookers.
The pasttime soon proved so popular that stock car racing eventually became an organized sport thanks to one particular trailblazer by the name of William
'Bill" France who originally founded NASCAR in 1948 to
organize and promote racing on tracks.
At the time, several racetracks existed
across the Southeast, each with their own rules and regulations.
France's steadfast vision, he delivered that much badly needed
direction and professionalized a sport which, in its time, was
considered just a weekend pastime!
France's retirement, his two sons, Bill Jr. and Jim assumed
millions of NASCAR race fans (NASCAR,
the acronym stands for the National Association of Stock Car Auto
Racing) come in droves to see NASCAR racing
events throughout the U.S. for the most
heart pounding, exciting form of motorsports nationwide.