The Biggest Stadium Sport In America

NASCAR stands for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. The sport is technically a league, but motor-sport is just too broad. The sport was founded in February 21, 1948 by William France Sr., as a family operated business to make stock car racing popular in America. Originally, NASCAR had three series; modified, roadster, and strictly stock. William was surprised that very small crowds arrived in roadster races, so he quickly abandoned the series. The modified series continues today as the Whelen Modified Tour. Over time, the strictly stock series was changed to allow modifications for safety and performance. Today, NASCAR has ten year long series with three major series – Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series. NASCAR is not only the second most watched sport in America, but it’s also the biggest stadium sport in America. The tracks are humongous. Daytona International Speedway has 147,000 permanent seats compared to AT&T stadium, which has 105,121 seats, including standing and expanded purposes. The season opener, the Daytona 500, is the most watched NASCAR race which pulls in an average of 9.8 million viewers.

Like any other sport, NASCAR faced its criticisms. Fans believed Brian France, the current CEO of NASCAR, manipulated the race outcomes by throwing debris on the track to bring out a caution. Second, drivers that raced full-time in the Sprint Cup Series would often dominate in the subordinate Nationwide Series, making the competition unfair. NASCAR has also been criticized for their car emissions. 216,000 gallons of gasoline are used for the entire season due to the five miles per gallon the cars get. The sport has a special partnership with “Goodyear,” which provides them with 100,000 tires per season, handmade out of rubber, which is made out of trees. Motorsports are often criticized for not being a true sport. The drivers participate in triathlons to keep their cars working properly as the cars will handle differently if the driver gains weight.

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