NASCAR (stock car auto racing) - Number 6
Stock car auto racing is a hugely popular sport in the United States. All over America, small half mile dirt tracks are a favorite destination of race fans on Friday and Saturday nights. Young drivers yearn to become stars of the big leagues of racing someday (NASCAR) race against guys who think of racing as their weekend hobby.
Those lucky enough to make their way up from racing go-karts as a kid, sprint cars, then one of the several NASCAR series including the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series to make it to the NASCAR Sprint Cup, race in front of hundreds of thousands of fans each week and on national television in front of millions of fans.
The Daytona 500 is the crown jewel of stock car racing. It is run every February on the high banked Daytona International Speedway. Over 200,000 fans pack the famous speedway to watch the stars such as Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart battle for stock car racing’s biggest prize.
Stock car racing is mostly a spectator sport. Very few people participate in auto racing, mostly because it requires a lot of time, money and mechanical expertise to participate. Cars get wrecked and must either be fixed or replaced. It takes people with a lot of ingenuity, mechanical know-how and money to get going in the racing business.
Stock car racing started out as a “southern sport” but with the explosion of cable TV and sports media in the 1990s, NASCAR caught on and became a national obsession by the 1990s.