NASCAR Auto Racing
NASCAR auto racing is an exceeding popular sport with a rich history, which has been around for more than seventy years. During this time, the motorsport has seen various changes.
The followings are a list of some facts that you might not know about NASCAR and hopefully you would join the race one day not far in future.
1 – AVERAGE SPEED OF RACE CAR
When racing, NASCAR racing cars averagely race well over 150 miles per hour. Even some of the racers could speed up to 180 miles per hour, while others flirt with the 200 miles per hour level. It takes one second to travel a whole football field at 200 mph.
2 – IT GETS HOT IN THERE
The temperature in the cars regularly tops 100 degrees with the floorboards getting as high as 170 degrees. Drivers can lose about five to ten pounds of sweat in one race.
3 – DRIVERS VS. MARATHONERS
During a three-hour race, the heart’s pulse rate of a NASCAR driver is usually beating around 120-150 beats per minute. This is equivalent to the pulse of a marathon runner. On the turns, NASCAR drivers are suppressed up to two and three times gravity’s force.
4 – QUICK REACTIONS OF DRIVERS
A NASCAR driver has the same skills as a hockey goalie in terms of anticipating what will happen next.
5 – NASCAR IS BIG BUSINESS
With more than 75 million American fanatics, NASCAR is the most prominent auto racing sport being broadcasted in over 150 countries worldwide.
NASCAR arenas have a gigantic capacity seating up to 170,000 spectators, and the race usually stands among the top 20, which has the most people attend in a single day of sporting events on an annual basis.
Products relating to NASCAR sell to its fans, which brings over $3 billion revenue annually.
For a sport with such humble from the beginnings, its prominence has turned out to be very enormous nowadays.
6 – WHAT’S WITH ALL THE FLAGS?
To control a NASCAR race, eight distinct flags are used by the authorities. The white flag is the only flag which is shown only once at the race.
7 – DALE EARNHARDT’S, SR. LASTING LEGACY
In 2001, NASCAR began a requirement where drivers must wear head and neck restraints. The standard requirement was prompted by the disastrous death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. in the 2001 Daytona 500.
8 – NOT LIKE YOUR REGULAR CAR
A race car in NASCAR uses three times more engine oil than a regular car. Additionally, their radiators just use water. A NASCAR race car has a paint work which comprises of vinyl stickers being applied by a tool similar to a hair dryer.
9 – BIGGEST RACE OF THE SEASON
The finest NASCAR race of the year is the Daytona 500, which is also the first race of the season, as well as it is the most recognisable name even to people who don’t follow this sport very much.
10 – ORIGINS OF NASCAR
In 1947, NASCAR was originated by Bill France, Sr. Of Daytona Beach, FL amid a gathering at an inn. The points counting system, which was devised, was written on a bathroom napkin.
On June 19 1949, the first NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, NC (a ¾ mile dirt track) . The race was won by Jim Roper after another driver, Glenn Dunnaway, was kicked out of the race because of changing his rear springs.
11 – AMERICAN SEDANS
NASCAR race car is designed in favour of an American sedan as well as is equipped with fenders. The vehicle is required to have three stock parts from the producer, with the rooftop, the hood, and the trunk lid being considered standard components must have on the car.
12 – LEGENDARY RACER AND INVENTORY RICHARD PETTY
Having won 200 NASCAR races and stock seven car championships in his profession, Richard Petty is broadly known as the best driver of all time in NASCAR. This legendary driver also invented the window net, which keeps the arms of drivers inside the car, which helps drivers avoid injuries during a crash.
13 – AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT
Michael Waltrip began a record of 463 NASCAR races without earning a victory. He broke his streak of misfortune when he won the 2001 Daytona 500, a race mired in tragedy.
14 – FIRST WOMAN RACER
Janet Guthrie was the first historically woman to contend in a Winston Cup race in 1976, finishing fifteenth in the World 600 race.
15 – A TELEVISION FIRST
The 1979 Daytona 500 became the first 500-mile auto race to be broadcasted live and entirely.