NASCAR stands for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, which is the primary authority for stock car racing in the United States. NASCAR was founded by a gas station owner and stock car racer named William H.G. France.
The first NASCAR function took place on Feb. 15, 1948, in Daytona Beach, Fla., which is also the location of NASCAR headquarters. The stock cars used by NASCAR are large, late-model sedans that are specially made and tuned for high-speed racing. The motors used in NASCAR stock cars are capable of achieving speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.