Nascar Essay

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR, was founded in the United States in 1947. Throughout its early years, NASCAR was a series of automobile races that involved vehicles that bore a very near resemblance to the vehicles then being produced for commercial purposes in post World War II North America; the typical NASCAR race vehicle was a factory manufactured sedan. "Stock" is the term employed throughout all motor sports to signify vehicles that have not been significantly modified in terms of the size and displacement of the engine, suspension, or transmission. Stock is often employed in the same circumstances as the expression "street legal," a phrase meaning that the vehicle in question complies with the rules respecting highway operation in a particular jurisdiction. The first NASCAR races in the late 1940s and early 1950s attracted a significant following, particularly in the southeastern United States. Many of the races were often contested on dirt track ovals, where the competitors raced 0.5 mi (0.8 km) for each lap. NASCAR racing took a significant step forward with the construction of its super speedways, the most notable of which was built at Daytona, Florida in 1953. NASCAR racing gradually moved away from its stock format to vehicles built for the specific demands of racing in to the late 1950s; the development of the 355 cubic inch displacement V8 engine by General Motors was one of the early landmarks of that progression. Modern NASCAR is a sport that enjoys a strong following in North America, and a steadily growing international fan base. NASCAR successfully marketed its racing product on a combination of the vehicle performance, the nature of NASCAR racing (which requires the drivers to operate the vehicles at very close quarters to one another at speeds that frequently exceed 150 mph (241 km/h), which sometimes leads

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