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 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 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, 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 race promoters to create a governing body for these races 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.