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1) What year was NASCAR founded?

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was founded in 1948 by Ed Otto and William France Sr. for the purpose of promoting the sport of stock car racing. It is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States.

2) Where was the first NASCAR race held?

The very first NASCAR race took place on a dirt track at the old Charlotte Speedway in North Carolina on June 19, 1949 in front of a crowd of approximately 23,000 curious spectators. Christian "Jim" Roper took first place (and the $2,000 purse) in a Lincoln Cosmopolitan after reading about the race in a syndicated comic strip. Fonty Flock came in second, future Hall of Famer Red Byron took third, Sam Rice came in fourth, and Tim Flock took fifth. Several other legendary racers competed that first day including Lee Petty, Curtis Turner, and Buck Baker.

3) What state has earned the nickname "NASCAR Valley"?

Because almost 75% of all American motorsports employees work in North Carolina, it has earned the nickname "NASCAR Valley." The vast majority of NASCAR drivers and their teams live in or near the Charlotte-metro area.

4) How many members are there in a NASCAR pit crew?

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There are seven members in a NASCAR pit crew: the front tire changer, the front tire carrier, the rear tire changer, the rear tire carrier, the jack man, the gas man, and the gas catch can man.

5) What color strip across the rear of a racecar signifies a rookie driver?

A yellow strip across the rear of a NASCAR racecar signifies a rookie driver.

6) What was the first NASCAR race to be nationally televised from start to finish?

In 1979, the Daytona 500 became the first NASCAR race to be nationally televised from start to finish. Richard Petty took first place after the two leaders going into the last lap (Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison) crashed while fighting for the lead.

7) What driver won the most Nextel Cup Series Championships during the 1990s?

Legendary racecar driver Dale Earnhardt won the most Nextel Cup Series Championships during the 1990s, finishing the decade with four championships. Jeff Gordon came in second with three championships. Earnhardt also dominated during the 1980s when he won three Nextel Cup Series Championships, tying Darrell Waltrip's record for the decade. Earnhardt's brilliant NASCAR career came to a tragic end, however, on February 18, 2001, when he died in a crash on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

8) What new safety measure did NASCAR introduce in 1994?

In 1994, as a safety measure, NASCAR introduced roof flaps designed to disrupt the airflow over the roof of the car, eliminating the lift and preventing it from going airborne or rolling over at high speeds.

9) What was the closest finish in NASCAR history?

The closest finish in NASCAR history took place at the Darlington Raceway on March 16, 2003, when Ricky Craven beat Kurt Busch by a mere .002 seconds. The two drivers actually finished the last stretch of the race with their cars touching!

10) What driver holds the record for most consecutive NASCAR championships?

Jimmie Johnson holds the record for most consecutive NASCAR Championships, winning five titles from 2006 to 2010. The record was previously held by Cale Yarborough who won three in a row (1976-78).