The roots of NASCAR can be traced to smuggling moonshine during America’s prohibition era. Drivers who delivered illegal alcohol needed fast cars to outrun police, so they found themselves regularly tuning their vehicles for more power and better handling. Following prohibition these drives continued to possess a need for speed. They organized races so they could put their hopped up cars to the test in hopes of bringing home a cash prize.
Daytona Beach mechanic and auto racer William “Bill” France Sr. wanted to see a set of standardized rules, racing schedules and a points system set in place for what was becoming known as stock car racing. He began talking with influential racers and race promoters to create a governing body for these races that were already taking place all over the country. France, with the assistance of several other drivers, founded NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) on this day in 1948. The original points system, as with many great ideas, was written on a napkin in a bar.