NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. NASCAR runs over 1500 different races at over 100 different tracks. Out of the 50 U.S states, 39 of them hold NASCAR races. NASCAR is so popular that fans purchase over $3 billion in revenue from product sales. NASCAR is sponsored by more Fortune 500 companies than any other Motorsport.
NASCAR originates back to the early days of Prohibition. Down in the Southern half of the United States, bootleggers used to secretly drive the illegal moonshine (alcohol) to the distributors. They would modify their small, fast cars in many different ways to better evade the police. The art of ''running shine'' became very popular in the Southern states even after the repeal of Prohibition. By the 1940's a series of races featuring these cars would be ran for prize money. These races became a popular form of entertainment, therefore creating today's NASCAR.
NASCAR's history is a family owned and operated business venture founded by Bill France Sr in 1947-48. As of 2009 Brian France, grandson of the late Bill France Sr, is the CEO of the company. NASCAR is one of the most viewed professional sports in the United States, second only to professional football. Also NASCAR holds 17 of the top 20 attended single-day sporting events in the history of the world and has many Fortune 500 company sponsors.
NASCAR has three main divisions today, the Sprint Cup series, Nationwide series, and the Camping World truck series. The Sprint Cup series is the most popular and includes all the big names of Gordon, Stewart, Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.. The Nationwide series is where a lot of drivers gain experience to make it to the Sprint cup and Danica Patrick is currently in this series. Finally the Camping World truck series in where most drivers start there long road to making it into the Sprint cup series.
In 2010 Gillette featured NASCAR's 'Young Guns' (Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and the other young NASCAR stars in a series of new funny videos. They play high school basketball, encounter Bigfoot , crash a wedding and get mullet haircuts.
As of now, there is no lawsuit against Tony Stewart for the death of Kevin Ward Jr.