US NASCAR Fast Facts
Xfinity enters second year as Premier Partner, adds Harvick as brand ambassador
PHILADELPHIA — Today, Xfinity continued to reinforce its commitment to NASCAR as it enters its second season as a Premier Partner of the NASCAR Cup Series and its seventh season as the Entitlement Partner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series by renewing several signature programs and introducing a collaboration with one of the sport‘s most recognizable […]RELATED: NASCAR Cup Series schedule | NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule
Here's a look atthe National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
It is the main governing body for stock car racing in the United States.
NASCAR was created by William H.G. (Bill) France, a stock car driver and gas station owner.
Stock cars are large, late model sedans that have been built especially for racing.
The stock car's large engine allows it to reach speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour.
NASCAR runs three national series: NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, which is for trucks only.
Who won the Daytona 500? Full results, winner from NASCAR’s 2021 season-opening race
Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the Daytona 500. Follow along for complete results and more from NASCAR's 2021 season-opening race.Michael McDowell, who was tracking leaders Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski on Lap 200 of the 200-lap race, was in front after Logano and Keselowski wrecked and NASCAR put out the caution flag that ended the race. McDowell was ahead of Chase Elliott by a car length, and then he crossed the start-finish line first for good measure.
Most stock car races are held on oval asphalt tracks.from .526-mile, to 2.66-mile in the Cup Series and 4.048-mile in the Xfinity Series.
, with different meanings, to direct drivers.
The most common flags are:
- Green: Signals the beginning of the race and any restarts.
- Yellow: Signals an accident or debris caused by contact or mechanical failure, or weather-related issues. The track is not clear. Slow down and hold your position behind the pace car.
- Red: Cars must go to a designated location and stop immediately due to a safety issue.
- White: There is one lap remaining in the race.
- Black and White Checkered: The race is over.
Some of the top races include theGEICO 500, Coca-Cola 600, Southern 500 and the Brickyard 400.
Where are they now? Mark Martin enjoying less competitive retirement life
For nearly 40 years, Mark Martin was known as one of the toughest opponents in NASCAR. No matter if your name was Gordon, Johnson, Earnhardt, Stewart or others, if you saw Martin‘s car closing on you in your rearview mirror, you knew you were in for a battle. But since retiring following the 2013 NASCAR […]“I‘m retired,” the 62-year-old NASCAR Hall of Famer emphatically told NASCAR.com. “I’m really enjoying retired life, that’s really all I’ve got going on. I enjoy seeing and spending time with family and seeing friends and traveling and seeing the country. Arlene (his wife) and I have done a good bit of motor coaching.
Richard Petty has the most NASCAR Cup Series career wins of any racer, with 200 wins. He is known as the "King" of stock car racing.
, with 213 wins (as of November 2020).
Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the most Cup championships, with seven each. Johnson is the only NASCAR Cup Series driver to win five consecutive championships (2006-2010).
Video: McDowell wins Daytona 500 amid wild last-lap wreck (NBC Sports)
Earnhardt Sr. earned 76 Cup Series wins and is the all-time race winner at Daytona International Speedway, with 34 wins.in an accident on the last lap of the Daytona 500 on February 18, 2001. There has not been a death in NASCAR's top series since then.
Pre-1947 - Early stock car races are held on local beaches and streets.
NASCAR TV Schedule: Week of Feb. 22-28
Which channels have NASCAR programming this week? We answer that and give the weekly NASCAR television listings here in the NASCAR TV schedule. Note: All times are ET. MORE: How to find NBCSN | Get the NBC Sports App | How to find FS1 | Get FOX Sports App Monday, Feb. 22 Midnight, NASAR Cup Series: O‘Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona […]MORE: How to find NBCSN | Get the NBC Sports App | How to find FS1 | Get FOX Sports App
December 1947 - NASCAR is formed by amateur stock car driver and gas station owner William H.G. (Bill) France Sr. from Daytona Beach, Florida.
February 15, 1948 - The first NASCAR sanctioned race is held on Daytona's beach course. Red Byron, from Atlanta, wins the event.
February 21, 1948 - NASCAR is incorporated.
1950 - The Darlington Raceway opens in Darlington, South Carolina, and hosts the Southern 500, the first NASCAR race run on a paved road.
1959 - The Daytona 500 takes place on the newly opened Daytona International Speedway.
1961 - ABC televises the Firecracker 250 from Daytona Beach.
January 10, 1972 - Bill France Sr., passes the leadership of NASCAR to his son Bill France Jr.
1979 - The Daytona 500 becomes the first 500-mile race to be televised live in its entirety.
May 14, 1994 - France Jr. announces the creation of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, then called the NASCAR SuperTruck Series.
February 18, 2001 - Earnhardt Sr. dies in an accident on the last lap of the Daytona 500.
September 2003 -
Where are they now? Marcos Ambrose re-energized, reinvigorated in his native Australia
When longtime NASCAR fan favorite Marcos Ambrose decided to end his nearly 25-year racing career, he sought to get as far away from race cars and race tracks as he could. Boy, did he ever. Having left NASCAR after the 2014 season, Ambrose moved his family literally halfway around the world, roughly 10,000 miles away […]Having left NASCAR after the 2014 season, Ambrose moved his family literally halfway around the world, roughly 10,000 miles away from the Charlotte area and back to his native Tasmania.
2004 - Nextel becomes the new Cup Series sponsor, replacing R.J. Reynolds' Winston brand after 33 years.
2004 - NASCAR introduces a new system for deciding a champion. After a 26-race regular season, the top drivers compete for the championship. The driver who has the most points at the end of the final 10 races is the Cup Series champion.
2007 - NASCAR announces that the premier series' name will change from the Nextel Cup Series to the Sprint Cup Series and that Nationwide Insurance will replace Anheuser Busch as the main sponsor of NASCAR's number two series.
December 2007 - Sears/Craftsman announces that it will end its sponsorship of the NASCAR Truck Series after 13 years.
October 24, 2008 - NASCAR announces that Camping World will replace Craftsman as the sponsor of the Truck Series. The renamed Camping World Truck Series begins in 2009.
2010 - Sprint becomes the new Cup Series sponsor, replacing Nextel.
March 4, 2013 - Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announces thatevent in Texas on April 13. The race will be called the NRA 500 and will be run during prime time.
January 22, 2014 -16 teams instead of 12 will now compete in a 10 race elimination playoff. Four drivers will compete in the final championship race. The first to finish wins the Sprint Cup.
Entitlement partners named for Circuit of The Americas NASCAR races in May
CONCORD, N.C. — Continuing to build upon one of the most anticipated weeks of the 2021 NASCAR schedule, Speedway Motorsports announced EchoPark Automotive, Pit Boss® Grills and FEVO as the official entitlement partners for NASCAR‘s inaugural May 21-23 race events at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. “The first-ever NASCAR at COTA race week is […]“From fans to drivers to business partners, we‘ve seen a surge of excitement around COTA since the race week was first announced last fall,” added Smith. “EchoPark, Pit Boss® and FEVO are best-in-class brands that will help us create an experience like no other when stock car racing stampedes to Austin in May.
September 3, 2014 - NASCAR announces that the Nationwide Series will have a new sponsor beginning January 1, 2015, Comcast's XFINITY.
December 16, 2014 -
September 19, 2016 - The CEO of a company called Diversity Motorsports sues NASCAR for racial discrimination, claiming that the organization declined to sanction a team affiliated with African American comedian Steve Harvey. NASCAR releases a statement declaring that the claim of discrimination has no merit and the plaintiff is seeking publicity. Harvey says that he doesn't want to have anything to do with the $500 million suit during an episode of his radio show. The court dismisses the case without prejudice on November 28, 2016.
December 1, 2016 - NASCAR announces that it has signed a multi-year deal with Monster Energy, which replaces Sprint as entitlement sponsor. NASCAR's top series of races will be named after the beverage company.
August 6, 2018 -after being arrested on New York's Long Island on allegations of aggravated driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. , Brian France's uncle, assumes the role of interim chairman and CEO.
August 30, 2019 - The Washington Free Beacon reports that
NASCAR announces multiyear partnership with DoorDash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 26, 2021) — NASCAR announced today a multiyear partnership with DoorDash, the nation‘s leading last-mile logistics platform, that will designate it as the “Official On-Demand Delivery Platform of NASCAR.” The wide-ranging agreement will span across the sanctioning body and 11 NASCAR-owned facilities. Over the course of their partnership, DoorDash and NASCAR, […] 2021 Feb26 Doordashsign Main “DoorDash is a category leader and one of the fastest growing brands in the country, their expanded presence in NASCAR underscores the incredible momentum being generated around this historic season,” said Frank Kelleher, senior vice president and chief sales officer, NASCAR.
December 5, 2019 - NASCAR announces that the premier series' name will change to the NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2020 and will feature four cornerstone brands as Premier Partners; Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO and Xfinity.
February 14, 2020 - NASCAR reveals that the champion of the NASCAR Cup Series will be awarded the the Bill France Cup beginning in 2020. The cup is a tribute to NASCAR founder, France Sr.
March 16, 2020 - Due to theoutbreak, it has
March 17, 2020 -, an exhibition esport series on a simulated platform featuring former and current NASCAR drivers, slated to premiere on March 22.
June 10, 2020 -from all races and events.
Homestead-Miami 101: TV coverage, odds, tickets, starting lineup .
The NASCAR Cup Series is heading to Miami! Join us this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on FOX for the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR RaceDay pre-race action begins at 2 p.m. on FS1 before switching the coverage over to FOX at 3 p.m. Sunday‘s race is scheduled for 267 laps with Stage 1 […]RELATED: Homestead-Miami weekend schedule | See every Homestead-Miami winner