NASCAR Rules of the Game Explained
NASCAR Rules of the Game
Interestingly enough, NASCAR is actually an acronym for the National Association of Stock Car Racing. This widely popular U.S. sport features race cars with 850 horsepower engines, and capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 mph on some tracks. NASCAR is split into different divisions based on the skill of the driver, with the Sprint Cup Series being the pinnacle of the sport.
How to Drive
Competing in NASCAR is more than just driving around a track for 500 laps. This sport requires lightning-fast reflexes and years of experience racing at high speeds. The slightest mistake from a driver can result in a serious or even fatal accident.
A driver will also need an incredibly high tolerance for risk, as every lap has potential to be their last. This is why many of NASCAR’s brightest competitors are young-guns with a chip on their shoulder. Aside from being in great shape to outlast long competitions, drivers will need a complete knowledge of how their car operates.
Rules of NASCAR
- NASCAR is a free-for-all sport featuring 43 different drivers.
- In the Sprint Cup series, the size of tracks greatly differ. The longest track being Talladega Motor Speedway at 2.66 miles with cars being able to reach up to 235 mph, with the smallest being Eldora Speedway at 0.5 miles.
- Most NASCAR races go anywhere from 400 to 500 miles, for a total of about 200 laps.
- There is a bank on every corner of a Spring Cup track to assist drivers when turning. Because all tracks are unique, the pitch of the bank may be different. At Talladega, there’s a 36 degree pitch while Martinsville Speedway is only at 12 degrees -- basically a flat track.
- All races begin with a “running start”, which means all cars are in motion at the start of the race. The race order is determined by the driver’s ranking.
- There are many different flags during a NASCAR race and they each have a specific meaning. The most common are: Green (start of race), yellow (caution or slow down), red (the race has been momentarily stopped), black (penalty or return to your pit), white (final lap), and checkered (winner).
When it comes to sports advertising, NASCAR is the king. Companies usually yield the best results from placing their logo on race car due to NASCAR’s incredibly loyal fan base. NASCAR fans are 70% more likely to purchase a product or patronize a company if it’s attached to their favorite car -- which is why companies are willing to spend up to $35 million in race car branding.
Written by: Devin Pickell