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More from my Nascar  Daily Trivia Calendar...please note that anything after the astericks is something I have added.  


1st: Feb 24,1963~Tiny Lund, who was still recovering from helping to rescue Marvin Panch from a burning car, 11 days earlier, wins the Daytona 500, driving for Wood Bros.

2nd: January 11, 1972, Nascar founder & President Bill France Sr, retires and passes control of the family business to his sons Bill Jr and Jim.

3rd: Feb 16.1997 Chevrolet drivers Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven give Hendrick Motorsports an unprecedented 1~2~3 finish in the Daytona 500.

4th: The Nascar Sprint Cup Championship Trophy is designed by Tiffany's and is silver with a pair of checkered flags in flight.

5th: After the war, Henry Ford passed on the reins of Ford Motor Company to his grandson Henry Ford II. (Edsel's son). Their motto back then was "Beat Chevrolet".      But Ford had remained the car of choice, for southerners, who postwar returned to  moonshining  or racing or both....****Henry Sr's son Edsel, had died of stomach cancer,in 1943, so Edsel's son was chosen,

6th: March 25, 1973 in a stunning display of speed and handling, Cale Yarborough leads all 500 laps of the Southeastern 500 at Bristol. Driving for owners Richard Howard and Junior Johnson, he laps the entire field within the first 100 laps. 2nd place was Richard Petty who was 2 laps down and 3rd place was Bobby Allison who was 5 laps down.

7th: In August 1945, The Office of Defense Transportation, officially lifted its wartime ban on sporting events. The South wasted no time in getting the first postwar stock car race going. It was scheduled for Labor Day, at the same track that hosted the most notable last prewar race, Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway. It was chaos. More than 30,000 fans, hungry for  racing, swarmed over only 5000 grandstand seats. The rest tried to find a spot on the track. One reporter described the fans as a "sweating, howling crowd, who had whipped themselves into a near riotous frenzy".

8th: After the war, AAA (American Automobile Association) had an increasing dominence over auto racing (mostly open wheel, Sprint and Midget cars). But AAA was now starting to focus on stock cars, France hated AAA and their dominence, but because France needed the money, he briefly partnered with AAA. This partnership did not last long as in late 1946, France unveiled his new group NCSCC....****in the last few years of racing, we have seen partnerships that were all about the money and done to survive, but this is nothing new and has been done "for the money" from day one.

9th: In September 2004, The Atlanta Motor Speedway was used as a shelter for evacuees from Florida's Huurricane Frances. No indoor facilities were available, but they stayed safe in RV's until the storm was over. It is ironic that the France name was the name of the hurricane, but the track was owned by Bruton Smith who had purchased it in 1990......

10th: In the early 1950's, the US Navy stationed Bill France Jr at the Moffett Federal Airfield, in northern California. France Sr asked him to look up Bob Barkimer in San Jose. Barkhimer was a midget car racing star from the 1940's and later as head of the California Stock Car Racing Association, ran about 22 different speedways. France Jr developed a relationship with Bob Barkhimer and his partner, Margo Burke. He went to events with them, stayed  with them and became very familiar with racing on the west coast. Barkhimer then, went to Daytona Beach and met with Bill France, Sr. In the spring of 1954, NASCAR became a stock car sanctioning body on the Pacific Coast under Barkimer.

11th: 1972 is often considered as the beginning of NASCAR's "modern era". In 1971, R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Company had been banned from TV ads, but found NASCAR fans to be a very suitable consumer base and promotional outlet. So by 1972, Nascar's had its first title sponsor, the Winston Cup Series, and  a new points system and a very significant influx of cash to compete for. Also ,in 1972, the season was shortened from 48 races to 31.

12th: The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, is a Nascar series in Canada, that is based from the old CASCAR Super Series, founded in 1981, and bought out in 2006. The new series has races through six of Canada's provinces for a total of 13 events with TSN TV coverage. Many drivers are content running in Canada, while others move up to bigger NASCAR series. The cars are a bit different from the Car Of Yesterday with more a street look with steel tube-framed bodies, powered by carbureted spec V8 engines.

13th: Many local race tracks, across the United States and Canada run under the Whelan All~American Series banner. Here, local drivers are compared against each other in a formula where the best local track champion of the nation wins the Whelen All-American Weekly Series National Championship. The Whelen All-American series is split into four divisions. Each division champion receives a point-fund money payout and even more goes to the National champion (driver with most points out of the four division winners). The Whelen All-American Series, is the base for stock car racing, and developing future NASCAR drivers. Jimmy Spencer, the Bodines, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, are some of many who started here..

14th: Nascar  proudly publicizes its safety measures, but never mentions how long it took them to get them in place. The impact absorbing Safer Barrier, had been the idea of the well known mechanic Smokey Yanick during the 1970's, but his idea was deemed too expensive and totally unecessary. Only after the 2000 deaths of Kenny Irwin, Tony Roper and Adam Petty, and Dale Earnhardt Sr in 2001, did Nascar take another look at this way to reduce the G~Forces that a driver sustains during a crash. Other slow implementations were the throttle "kill switch", mandatory fire resisitant driver suits, roll bars, fuel cell anti~spill bladders,  and the HANS device, to name a few.

15th: A "superspeedway boom" occurred from 1959 to the early 1960s, with no less than four major speedways being built in Daytona Beach, Fla.;  Hanford, Calif.; Concord, N.C.; and Hampton, Ga.; the automobile manufacturers -- who had signed an agreement that "got them out" of racing in 1957, gradually realized that to sell new cars, it certainly helped to win races. The legendary phrase "Win on Sunday, Buy on Monday" was actually a marketing truth.

November 20, 2012  12:21 PM ET

I found this info to be fascinating, but unfortunately only a few others shared this copying my blog on here from my group, the comment count was lost.....this one had 4 comments.

November 26, 2012  04:23 PM ET

I may re~do this in future with updates as required.


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