Fathers, Sons and Brothers. The History of NASCAR Families.

August 9th, 2013 admin

NASCAR has been quite the family affair for a very long time now. Just as with many other sports that are popular in the United States, a lot of families enjoy spending time together while watching NASCAR, either at home or on the track. Many families bond over NASCAR racing and spend time arguing over which driver is the best, which can be a lot of fun for everyone involved. In fact, there have been many fathers, sons and Read the rest of this entry »

Checkered Flags and Checkered Pasts – Bootlegging, Prohibition and Stock Cars

June 17th, 2013 admin

When you look at NASCAR today, you see what has become a cleaned-up version of an old school sport. While today’s NASCAR is all about sponsorships and cleaned up drivers, this is not how the sport got its start. For its life, NASCAR has been a sport full of drivers who were willing to test the limits, and this goes all the way back to the days of prohibition. Back when running liquor was not legal, stock cars and stock car drivers were used to transport alcohol all around the South. This Read the rest of this entry »

From Stock To Sleek – Evolution of the Modern Stock Car

April 12th, 2013 admin

Over the years, the vehicles used in NASCAR stock car racing have changed substantially. Until the 1980s these were the same cars that anyone could purchase, with some modifications to create a safe and fast race car. The current cars resemble fighter planes much more than stock automobiles and no longer have even a single part that is found on an automobile purchased at a dealership.

The majority of these changes have been instituted for safety’s sake. When there are 43 cars on the track at the same time, all running Read the rest of this entry »

The Thrill of Stock Car Racing

April 25th, 2012 admin

Anyone who says that stock car racing is nothing more than a bunch of hillbillies driving around in a circle just doesn’t get it. There is much more to the sport than a bunch of people driving in a circle. There is a certain level of skill, timing and judgment every racer must have, not just to win the race but to avoid the tragedies that come with this dangerous sport. In many ways, these racers are putting their lives on the line each and every day to become champions and that in itself is the thrill of the game. Don’t believe me? There are television channels you can get through places like http://www.directstartv.com/ that actually give you a firsthand experience. I mean it. You are literally in the driver’s seat as rivals are passed, corners are rounded and accidents occur – you really can’t get closer than that and if you can watch this sort of thing and then come back and tell me that stock car racing is nothing but a bunch of circle driving, then you better check your pulse, son. Because if that doesn’t excite you then there is a pretty good chance that you are already dead.

Just How Important Are Pit Crew Anyway?

August 3rd, 2011 admin

Whether it’s a dirt track or the smooth paved courses of NASCAR, a pit crew plays a vital role for any race car driver. Think about it for a second? A driver needs to focus on the track, their speed, control, and ability to race. That includes drafting with opponents, passing for position, and of course, staying out of trouble if and when an accident occurs.
The pit crew is responsible for maintaining the race car so it can make it Read the rest of this entry »

In A Boy’s World – Women in Stock Car Racing

July 31st, 2011 www.racing17b.com

Stock car racing is, without a doubt, considered a man’s sport. Yet, the history of stock car racing is littered with women who have made their marks on the racetrack. As early as the 1940′s, women were hopping into the driver’s seat. The first female drivers in NASCAR history were Sara Christian and member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Louise Smith. These two trailblazers paved the way for future female stock car drivers.

The 2000′ Read the rest of this entry »

The Black Number One – How Did the Death of Dale Earnhart, Sr. Become the Catalyst for Stock Car Safety?

July 30th, 2011 admin

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was arguably the best NASCAR driver in history. He was hardcore racing at it’s finest and people LOVED to hate him! His final race at Daytona in February 2001, and the wreck that concluded it, would come as a shock to all and would help wake up many drivers, and NASCAR itself, as to just how safe they were out on the track. It was a wreck that Dale lost his life in and a wreck that many still refer to as “it didn’t Read the rest of this entry »

From Weekend Warriors to Famous Faces – How did Stock Car Racing Become a New Phenomenon?

July 29th, 2011 admin

Stock car racing has its history in the 1920s and prohibition. People that used to run moonshine had to elude law enforcement and they learned how to modify their cars to do so. They had to develop great skill to navigate the roads in these modified cars. Eventually they started holding racers among each other with the winner getting bragging rights. Soon after that these races were held for prize money.

In the late 1940′s NASCAR was founded and stock car racing started to spread and become more popular. Races started being held in Read the rest of this entry »