February 21, 1948 – NASCAR is founded
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15, 1948: The first NASCAR-sanctioned race was held on Daytona Beach in 1948 for modified-sportsman cars. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)

February 21, 1948 – NASCAR is founded

NASCAR's roots intertwine with those of smuggling moonshine during America’s prohibition era. Drivers who delivered illegal alcohol needed fast cars to outrun police, so they regularly tuned their vehicles for…

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