The Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (CASCAR) was the governing body for amateur and professional stock car racing in Canada.
It was established in 1981
by President Anthony Novotny. It boasted the highest level of stock car racing
in Canada and sanctioned Canada’s only national stock car racing series, the CASCAR Super Series
On November 16, 2004, CASCAR announced it had entered a multi-year operational and marketing agreement with NASCAR , after NASCAR had formed NASCAR Canada earlier in the year.
This also opened the way for NASCAR's purchase of CASCAR. The purchase will allow Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series races to take place at Canadian venues beginning in 2007.
On September 12 2006, NASCAR completed its purchase of CASCAR and announced the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, a series of 10-12 races from May-October 2007.
Unlike NASCAR, which mandates the use of steel-bodied shells, CASCAR-approved cars consisted of fiberglass bodyshells covering custom-made tube-frame racing chassis. Also, where NASCAR had strict rules concerning body shapes (in order to maintain as much parity as possible among the approved models), CASCAR's rules tended to be more lax.
However, as in NASCAR, CASCAR cars' engines were normally-aspirated, pushrod V8 units producing approximately 500 horsepower.
CASCAR events were held on short track ovals, permanent road courses, temporary road courses and street courses. NASCAR's schedule, on the other hand, heavily favored larger oval courses with the occasional permanent road course event, and have no street course events. In recent years, new additions to NASCAR schedules have tended to be 1.5 mile oval tracks.