A spectator at the NASCAR racing goes through a complete body experience even if they choose to keep their eyes closed. The roaring of the cars due to their extremely powerful engines and the distinct smell of the burning rubber create an aura that is unforgettable. Though the sport might look too simple with cars racing around in circles, it is equally very technical as the competition is based on engines, aerodynamics and the idea of going fast with perfect control. NASCAR which stands for The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is actually a family owned business the runs several car racing events.
The first NASCAR race was held in February 1948 and it was surprising to see over 14000 people watching the event. It was a 150 miles long event just south of Daytona Beach and it was Red Byron from Alabama who won the first NASCAR sanctioned race. Red Byron was a pilot in World War II and had injured his left leg when his bomber was shot down by the enemies. Today, most NASCAR drivers are considered to be family men who bring their wife and kids to the racing circuits. On the top of the hierarchy in a NASCAR racing team is the owner who is responsible for all financial matters including sponsorship. Though there is always a general manager and a crew chief involved, it’s the team owner who handles all responsibilities on the track.
A successful NASCAR driver always looks into strategic planning before a race and winning here is not just about making rules and driving fast. In the beginning of the race the objective is all about making your way front leaving the others behind. A well trained pit crew is equally important as they help save time during a pit stop wherein the car is refueled and the tires are changed. Even a second or two early or late could change the entire statistics of a NASCAR race. Similar to other sports, NASCAR racing too has a rule book that changes during different seasons through informing various teams about rules in the form of ‘technical bulletins’.
If you have never visited a NASCAR circuit or witnessed a NASCAR racing it is recommended that you watch one. There are several races that you could choose from such as The Daytona 500, The Allstate 400, Bristol Motor Speedway and The Darlington Raceway. Get yourself a ticket soon to enjoy the thrills of NASCAR racing.