NASCAR’s roots can be traced to bootleggers and moonshine runners during America’s prohibition era. Drivers who delivered illegal alcohol needed fast cars to outrun police, so they’d tune their vehicles for better power and 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 many cases in hopes of bringing home a cash prize.
Daytona Beach mechanic and auto racer William “Bill” France Sr. loved the scene. So much so that he wanted to see standardized rules, racing schedules and a points system for what was becoming known as stock car racing. He began talking with influential racers and promoters to create a governing body for races already taking place around 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, fist came to be on a bar room napkin.