What’s NASCAR?

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NASCAR was founded in 1947 to set performance standards in stock car championships. NASCAR cars have a steel tube frame and must follow specific construction rules. NASCAR uses a points system to determine the Cup winner, with ties broken by the number of wins. Daytona Beach is home to the Daytona International Speedway and an official NASCAR-sponsored theme park attraction.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was founded in 1947 to introduce a system and rules for setting performance standards in stock car championships. NASCAR’s three major racing series are the Nextel Cup, the Busch Cup, and the Craftsman Truck Series. Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon are just some of the best drivers in NASCAR history.

Today’s NASCAR cars are handcrafted down to the smallest detail, but when NASCAR started, however, the cars were modified street cars. NASCAR cars have a steel tube frame. The roll cage, the part of the car where the driver sits, has its tubes designed to withstand any impact so the driver is always protected. The front clip, or front section of the chassis, is made to eject the car engine from the floor of the car in the event of an accident. The firewall separates the driver from the engine and helps protect the engine from reaching the driver’s area.

NASCAR rules must always be followed when it comes to car construction and there are two main types of NASCAR cars: the super-speedway and the short track. Super speedway cars are built specifically for super speedways like Talladega Alabama where less engine power is needed but more speed. Short track cars are built for short track tracks like Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Short track corners are tighter, so short track cars are built with down force in mind, which allows the car to have a tighter grip on the track. Short-track tracks require less speed than super-speedways.

NASCAR uses a points system. Every driver who finishes a race scores points, even the last classified. The driver with the highest score at the end of the 36 races of the season is the winner of the Cup. Bonus points are earned when a driver leads in at least one lap of the race. The driver with the most total laps in the lead at the end of a race gets 5 more points.

Ties between drivers at the end of a motor racing season are broken by declaring the driver with the most wins as the cup winner. If both drivers have the same number of wins, the wins of second place, third place and so on are compared until the winner is determined. The winners of each NASCAR race score 180 points and the points drop in varying increments with the last place finisher receiving 34 points.

Daytona Beach, Florida is home to the Daytona International Speedway. Daytona USA is an official NASCAR-sponsored theme park attraction that allows visitors to experience the thrills of race cars with the aid of motion simulators and computer technology. Visitors can sit in the cars and experience the speed, sound and vibration of what it feels like to go 200mph. The IMAX theater also shows NASCAR movies and footage.

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