What Does NASCAR Stand for

Wondering what does NASCAR stand for? NASCAR is the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, the largest organization of automobile racing professionals in the United States. The three largest racing series that are sanctioned by NASCAR are the Nationwide Series, the Sprint Cup and the Camping World Truck Series.

NASCAR Around the Nation
Daytona Beach, Florida, is where NASCAR's headquarters are located, near Daytona motor speedway. NASCAR also has offices in Charlotte, Mooresville, Concord and Conover, North Carolina, as well as regional offices in New York City, Los Angeles and Bentonville, Arkansas. There are international offices in Mexico City and Toronto. Most NASCAR teams are based in North Carolina, with the majority in Charlotte.

NASCAR on the Air
Turner Sports Interactive, a division of Time Warner, holds NASCAR's interactive rights and the rights to nascar.com. Nascar.com is the official site for NASCAR, Inc., and has staff located in Atlanta, Charlotte and Daytona. NASCAR broadcasts its races in over 150 countries. In the United States, only the National Football League boasts more viewers than NASCAR events.

What NASCAR Does
As an overseeing body, NASCAR sets rules and regulations for each car and raceway. Some of these rules are designed to ensure the safety of the drivers, such as harnesses and impact-absorbing sidewalls on racetracks. Other rules limit the top speed and modifications that can be made to cars, to ensure that no team has a significant technical advantage over the others.

In the early days of car racing at Daytona Beach, drivers could bring any car they wanted to the track. Since the races took place on a heavily rutted combination of sand and asphalt, choosing the right car could make all the difference. Lighter cars with better suspension were sometimes the only vehicles that could finish a race. By setting rules for suspension, engine modifications, tires and body weight, NASCAR ensures that driver skill will play a significant role in determining the winner.

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