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Many people adore it, some people hate it, some people do just a little bit of both, but one thing is for sure: nobody can ignore it (or its fans). Regardless of whether it drives you giddy or drives you crazy, NASCAR is here to stay. For those who’re within the former category (and there is a whole lot), there’s 1 individual to thank: the late, the fantastic William France, Sr.

Before his involvement, races were a risk in much more ways than one. Dishonest promoters typically sold their drivers on large dreams and riches, only to take the cash and run just before the drivers had been paid. This, in component, led to France’s belief that stock automobile racing needed some kind of organization; it necessary to turn into an association with a rigid set of guidelines, set schedules, a set championship, and protection for all those involved.

In 1935, France moved from Washington DC to Daytona Beach, Florida in hopes of obtaining function in a fantastic Depression laden economy. With knowledge of the location along with the land speed record attempts, France entered himself inside the land speed occasion. In 1936 he finished fifth; in 1938 he took over as course manager.

In December 1947, France summoned a few of the most nicely identified racers and race promoters to propose his suggestions. They met at a hotel in Daytona Beach where it’s rumored that an outline in the point technique as well as the “official” rules had been written on a bar napkin.

As a mechanic, William France Sr. knew cars inside and out. From their engine to their transmission, from their tail pipe to the pine tree air freshener swinging on a rearview mirror, France had a natural knack for automobiles. He also had an notion: he believed individuals would appreciate watching stock car races. If he built it, they would come.

After just two months, NASCAR was officially formed on February 21, 1948. From there it was, very literally, off to the races.

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