Historical Timeline of Nascar
NASCAR is a stock car racing organization, short for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, that is held mainly in the US but has also been expanded to cover Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe. It was founded in 1948 and has today headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, Daytona Beach in Florida, New York City and Houston in Texas. The current president of the organization is Mike Helton with Brian France as the chairman and chief executive. It organizes two of the most popular racing car series; the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series, each having drawn millions with many NASCAR tickets sold as each day passes.
NASCAR is the largest stock car racing organization in the US. It’s three largest series are the Nationwide Series, the Camping World Truck Series and the Sprint Cup Series. It also manages the NASCAR Local Racing, the Whelen All–American Series, the Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR iRacing.com Series. Each year, a breathtaking fifteen hundred races are held in more than one hundred tracks, located in thirty nine states of the US. It has also organized exhibition races in two famous Japanese circuits, Motegi and Suzuka, as well as in Mexico and in Australia’s famous Calder Park Raceway.
Most of the NASCAR teams are based in North Carolina, particularly around Charlotte. It ranks second in the US in terms of TV viewers and ratings, with the NFL being the first. Outside of the US, NASCAR races are broadcast to more than one hundred and fifty countries of the world. In terms of live viewers, it organizes seventeen out of the top twenty regularly attended single day sports events in the world, a huge record. To take that even further, over seventy five million fans purchase its products worth a total of three billion dollars.
The Sprint Cup Series is the highest level of pro racing competing in the US and is thus the most popular NASCAR series. In 2012, thirty six races were held over a timespan of ten months fr the series. The 2012 series was won by Brad Kesselowski. The record for the largest number of consecutive wins is five, a feat accomplished by Jimmie Johnson. The Nationwide Series is the second most popular series and its current champion is Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Racing car drivers from the Sprint Cup Series often compete in this series as well, with many often pre–ordering NASCAR tickets for the spectacular events.