sportcenter.com. Richard Patton & Nick Cruz-Hope. www.businessinsider.com. Agenda. NASCAR’s History NASCAR’s Progression Most Memorable and Influential NASCAR Drivers Impacts on the NASCAR Fans Tragic Deaths Changes in NASCAR Conclusion. www.concordmonitor.com.
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Richard Patton & Nick Cruz-Hope
-In the 1920s and 1930s during the Prohibition, drivers were running illegal moonshine to supplement the family income.
NASCAR Hall of Famer, and former bootlegger,
Robert Glen “Junior” Johnson, started running moonshine at age 14.
-At that time, these drivers had to have cars that were able to go faster that the police cars that would go after them.
Niedermeyer, Paul. When The New 1960 Compacts Went Racing. 1960. Photograph. Daytona Beach Florida
-This became such a huge influence in the south.
. -A dirt track racer named Bill France even came from Washington D.C. and learned all of the rules and regulations.
Bill France Sr. (left) with son Bill France Jr. (right)
NASCAR’s History: The beginning cont.
-In 1946, he established the National Championship Stock Car Circuit.
Grissom, Jim. NASCAR's First Hall of Fame. 1957. Photograph. Daytona Beach Florida
Red Byron was one of NASCAR’s first drivers.
Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
Lucy, Michael. NASCAR Drivers. 2006. Photograph. Bristol, Tennessee.
Lucia, Joe. NASCAR Drivers. 2001. Photograph. Bristol, Tennessee.
Also known as “The Intimidator” for his driving style and black number 3 car
Inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame class inductee
1 Daytona 500 win
Odom, Harry. NASCAR Influentials. 1983. Photograph. Bristol, Tennessee.
“Lead, follow, or get the Hell out of the way!” – Dale Earnhardt
Phillips, Frank. NASCAR Influentials. 1998. Photograph. Bristol, Tennessee.
Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
The 1998 Daytona 500 is considered to be Dale Earnhardt’s proudest moment.
With teams always trying to make their car faster, cars started becoming more aerodynamic.
This was great! More exciting for fans
But it also posed a problem.
Faster cars = harder, more violent wrecks
What’s left of Michael Waltrip’s car after crash at Bristol in 1990.
It was things like this that prompted NASCAR to look into better safety equipment.
One of the things NASCAR would do is add restrictor plates to the cars at superspeedways.
This cuts down the amount of air that can get to the carburetor, causing the car not to be able to go as fast as easily if at all.
Bobby Allison’s wreckthat drove NASCAR to use restrictor plates at superspeedways.
"May 3, 1987 - Allison Stories Rule The Day at Dega - STOCK CAR RacersReunion."
In the 2000s, a lot of drivers were wearing full racing helmets.
These helmets were said to be lighter, safer, and more comfortable
"Elliott Sadler full-scale racing promotional display helmet."
Elliott Sadler’s full racing helmet
Impact on the Fans
Left: Dale and Ken Schrader racing each other.
Right: Dale sits in his car waiting for the command to start his engine.
Impacts on the NASCAR FansCont.
Died on February 18, 2001 in a crash in the last corner of the 2001 Daytona 500.
He was in third, fighting to give the team he owned a 1-2 finish.
The crash that changed NASCAR
Because of this accident, all NASCAR drivers became required to use regulated safety head gear, fire suits, and restraints.
Along with driver equipment, NASCAR has also implemented Safer Barriers
Even with all these precautions, there have still been injuries but there have been very few deaths in NASCAR*.
*-In other levels