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What is the history of NASCAR?

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Drivers and track owners met in December 1947 to discuss standards for auto racing. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing was born from that meeting.

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The first race sanctioned by NASCAR was on a beach track in Daytona, Florida, on Feb. 15, 1948. NASCAR was incorporated as an organization six days later.

The NASCAR Grand National series, which is the current Sprint Cup Series as of the 2015 season, began June 19, 1949 in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1950, Darlington Raceway, the first asphalt super-speedway, opened in South Carolina.

NASCAR racing at Daytona moved to the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in 1959. The track was built for speed with a long back straightaway and high-banked turns. Super-speedways were constructed in Atlanta and Charlotte in 1960.

During the 1970's, NASCAR expanded to include weekly regional competitions which led into a national championship. The first 500-mile race to be televised live was the Daytona 500 in 1979. By 1989, every race in NASCAR's main series was televised.

With a steady increase in fan support, commercial sponsorships of races and teams, with logos on the cars, began during the mid-1980's. NASCAR further expanded in 1994 to include a truck series. Another expansion occurred in 2007 with international competition in Canada and Mexico and Europe in 2012.

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