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An often overlooked, derided, misunderstood and underappreciated form of American Motorsport; founded in the late 1940's (1947 or 1948; depending on your sources); during WWII and the Great Depression.

It began in a similar fashion to horse racing. (People betting on cars and racers for money. And the drivers racing on sandy beaches, before pavement.)

Superficial people often do not understand it; but it is a Motorsport that requires betting, method and strategy. Almost like Chess or Checkers put on wheels. It is often thought of as "boring" to non-watchers because it is a complex Sport that requires a lot of knowledge about the drivers, the way the cars run, the teams, the team members and the Championship rewards.

A lot of people believe that it's just driving around in circles and takes no skill; but this is not true. The cars are totally different from normal cars. They have no power-steering; and require some of the best handling setups, engines and car parts/equipment that is either bought or developed by the Motorsport teams. Racing in NASCAR is extremely stressful and may require physical fitness. It is a very exhausting Sport, both physically and mentally. The pit crew also must be very skilled and equipped to change the cars fuel, tires and setup in time (usually under 20 seconds) to get their driver back out on the track; and beat the others on time; without making any mistakes as well.
It is a Sport that requires lots of strategy, patience, perseverance, risk-taking, tolerance for frustration, and is actually attracted by a lot of Engineers and intellectuals.

Racers can be extremely skilled but have shoddy equipment or underfunded teams (such as a piston, tire or engine blowing.) and vice versa. Racing teams and drivers often attempt to work their way up over the years; from rags to riches. Starting at the bottom and attempting to make it to the top.

It is mostly seen as an underground (or started as) an underground Sport among the American working class. Capitalism and Sponsorship did not come into NASCAR until the late 1960s or 1970s; and the Sport actually started a bit poor and underground. Today it is actually one of the most richest and watched Sports in the USA; often rivaling the NFL (American football) and NBA (Basketball) in terms of yearly watchers and ratings.

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"The 1980s and the 1990s were the best racing years of NASCAR."

"Dale Earnhardt was a very talented and an often very renowned and beloved racing icon in NASCAR."

"Anyone who doesn't watch NASCAR remembers that racer kid Jeff Gordon in the 1990s and his domination of the Sport; and know more about him than NASCAR itself," (LOL)
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the only sport in the world that can completely empty out a Wal-Mart store of all people on every weekend. (i actully a race stock car on the dirt ovals, so LOL!!!)
A good day to go to Wal-mart is on sunday. All of the normal customers home watching the nascar race and beating the fuck out of their wife/sister.
by just for a laugh March 10, 2006
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Non
Athletic
Sport
Centered
Around
Rednecks

Coincedince? We think not.
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NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing). Started in 1947. The most awesome sport ever. It is not just for rednecks or white trash. Nor is it just left turns, as there are road courses too.
NASCAR is awesome!
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NASCAR:

N - Non
A - Athletic
S - Sport
C - Centered
A - Around
R - Rednecks
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The sorriest excuse for a sport ever invented. An excuse for stupid white rednecks to come together and watch other stupid white rednecks turn left in a car for 3 to 4 hours. It also doubles as a 3 to 4 hour commercial in which you here and see more advertisement than actual talent. And I do not care what all of you NASCAR fans say, everyone who associates themselves with it is a redneck, regardless of where the driver or the race is. I'm sorry, but I would rather watch competetive elephant ejaculation than a NASCAR race
Stupid White Redneck 1: Hey there bud, lets go sit on our asses and smoke cigarettes and drink shitty lite beer in our wifebeaters at the NASCAR race today. Then we can go home and abuse our families in a fit of drunken rage.
Stupid White Redneck 2: Yup, sounds fun.
by Steeeeeeeeve May 20, 2006
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