December 1947 is when it all began!

Bill France Sr. organizes a meeting at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, to discuss the problems facing stock car racing.


We wonder when Bill France Sr. organized the meeting at the Streamline Hotel back on  December 14th, 1947, he knew it would be the beginning of Stock Car Racing? After the conception of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing on that famous day, just two months later on February 15, 1948, the first official Nascar race was held on the beach in Daytona. Red Byron crossed first in his Ford. A week Later, Nascar was incorporated, and Bill France Sr. (Big Bill) was appointed its fearless leader.




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Here are some quick facts about Darlington Raceway from around the web:

Darlington gets its nickname, the “lady in black”, for being the first track in NASCAR to feature a paved racing surface.

Darlington Raceway has a unique egg shape design to accommodate the original land owners request that his minnow pond not be disturbed.  Current NASCAR drivers have been known to “wet a hook” at the pond to this day.

The official track length is 1.336 miles with banks of 25° at turns 1 and 2 and 23° at turns 3 and 4.

Darlington Raceway has a capacity of 58,000

Dale Earnhardt Sr. holds the record for most laps led at Darlington with 2648 but racer Ricky Rudd claims the most experience, completing 17582 laps on the track.

Now that you’ve met the “Lady in Black” it’s time to get to know her personally… We’ll see you at the Southern 500!