The story of NASCAR, not unlike the history of the United States: a beautiful story of turbulence, resistance and perseverance. During alcohol ban, moonshiners operating near the southern border of Texas would sweep up their cars to eradicate local law enforcement. Federal Tax Agents would always be looking to pick up a moonshine provider, so the race was always on. Even after the ban, moonshine trade continues to thrive in rural areas.
Moonshine is a type of whiskey which, among other things, is distilled from corn and potatoes, and since it was home bread, it was difficult to distinguish its source. During the generations, the moonshiners continuously upgraded their delivery vehicles and continued to contend with the law. Of course, it became common for moonshiners to start boasting and talking smack. Without this, informal breeds came that moonshiners would hold to determine which runner was the fastest; Not only was this new sport about having the fastest car but also about challenging and eradicating all the competition that contained the law.
After World War II, these races became more organized, but hardly anyone started calling it an organized sport until Big Bill France's arrival on stage.
Big Bill France organized the first meetings for all drivers, mechanics and owners to confirm a set of standard racing rules. These meetings gave birth to the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. The first official NASCAR competition was held in Daytona Beach on February 15, 1948. Red Byron won the winner of this initial race in his Ford Flathead V8 on the heavy sandy beaches of the Atlantic. This was long before the famous triangular Daytona, which is the sport's mecca today.
No more than a week later, NASCAR was incorporated and Big Bill was named its first commissioner. In the late 1950s, NASCAR was already on its way to becoming America's largest spectator sport. Over the years, NASCAR has seen its share of amazing races, colliding competitors and close conversations.
In 1992, when Richard Petty retired as a driver NASCAR made a transition from the old schoolchildren to the new school. Drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have taken a whole new art to race NASCAR. From old-fashioned moonshine runners to well-spoken racing car drivers, NASCAR has come a long way. From watching the sport in the present time, one would never think that its origin came from an illegal collaboration with old school whiskey that made compatriots.