History of Nascar
The industry, which had produced weaponry for 5 years, applied at once their designs to the new cars. The result was the arrival on the market of fast, powerful and robust cars, which were enjoyed by the young people of the time. Those started to organize more or less legal races, and soon trends started to form. The American West was impassioned for the "sports" cars, the Midwest for those with uncovered wheels, whereas Southeast chose the stock cars. A lot of these were modified to carry out the illegal alcohol traffic and used in the "races".
This passion for auto racing did not escape the promoters who quickly made an "official" sport out of it, creating many organizations, each with their own rules. Some of them were the NCSCC (National Championship Stock Car Circuit), NSCRA (National Stock Car Racing Association), etc.... Unfortunately, this prevented auto racing from reaching the national level. Moreover, no guarantee of payment was offered to the drivers: if there was money remaining in the pot after the race, so much better, if not... that was life.
When Bill France Sr. organized NASCAR in 1947, most people thought he was just playing in the sand. It took nearly 50 years for many to realize he was actually mining for gold. France called the first organizational meeting of what would become NASCAR on Dec. 14, 1947, Bill France, who was himself part of the NSCRA, decided to meet with thirty five of the leaders of all associations in place to draw the lines of what was going to become the American national automobile sport.
It took four days for the group to straighten all the rules, to choose the name of NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) and the Association was finally officially created on February 21, 1948 at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach. From that meeting, the group organized races that would be run on the Daytona beach/road course. The races had to be timed between the tides, allowing the field enough room to race and those watching to have a relatively safe viewing point. From those humble beginnings, France saw gold in the stock cars racing between the tides.
He had a vision of what NASCAR could become with the proper organization and promotion. In its golden anniversary, it was clear that Nascar's growth had exceeded even France's wildest dreams. Neither NASCAR President William H.G. "Bill" France nor anyone else connected with the fledgling sanctioning body had any idea what to expect when they launched the first season of NASCAR racing with a Modified stock car event on the beach/road course in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 15. By the time the inaugural season was complete, it had set a precedent for the years that followed by being comprised of more than 50 races.
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