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The field used to vary by track size: 44 at superspeedways, 36 at one-mile and shorter. It was expanded to 42 at all tracks in 1998 plus one Past Champions Provisional which had been around since 1991.

In 1968 the NASCAR season opener at Macon, GA, was almost cancelled when a still (moonshine), in full operation, was found beneath the stands at Middle Georgia Raceway...
...Now folks...That's Racin'!

To say that Kiekhaefer was ahead of his time would be a drastic understatement since he was directly responsible for the "team" concept in racing, corporate sponsorship and the involvement of Ford and Chevrolet factory support of NASCAR teams. He was a millionaire and the owner of the Mercury Outboard motor company. He wanted to get involved in racing to learn more about motors. He raced Chrysler products and put his company logo — Mercury Outboards — on the side of the car. His cars were very successful as was Mercury Motors (the car company), which was getting a free advertising ride with Kiekhaefer's team. That success forced him to change the sign on the side of the car to Kiekhaefer Outboards, but it did show the wisdom of sponsorship for cars. His team won 52 of the 90 races it ran during its two years on the circuit, prompting other car makers to lend factory sponsorship just to keep up. Kiekhaefer also built a multicar racing team and hired the best drivers available — people like Tim Flock, Buck Baker and Speedy Thompson — and paid them well. But he irritated his drivers by demanding too much control over their lives and he butted heads with a few too many established racing people. And last but not least, he found that fans were beginning to cheer for anyone else but him and his drivers. He became disillusioned by the whole thing and quit. It was several years before others got to his level ... something they would have done a lot sooner had he stayed around.

They Have Long Known It's Only Cheating If You Get Caught "Cheat and eat."

We drove for the sheer fun of driving because there wasn't that much money to be made. - Richard Petty - The King, forever

I'm glad NASCAR didn't write the Bible. If it had, there would be six commandments and four suggestions. — Bud Moore

Getting your hands on the official NASCAR Winston Cup racing rulebook is tougher than getting Robby Gordon another ride on the circuit. But we smuggled one out of the Charlotte Motor Speedway garage in Jeff Gordon's empty gas tank, and what we found was more enlightening than a wind-tunnel test.

All participants in NASCAR must kiss the buttocks of Brian France upon request.

In violation of a rule during a race there are penalties. You may experiance: a mandatory pit road pass through, urine screen, breathalizer, prohibation from having a crew chief, fined 100 points, except Jeff Gordon and/or Dale Jr.(especially if said driver is winning).

It's always 50/50; it's 50 percent your fault for going on the race track. - Dick Trickle

When they decided to put restrictor plates on cars they did it with all the best intentions in the world. They put in the plates to slow down cars on tracks like Talladega and Daytona so that they could lessen the possibility of spectacular wrecks. And maybe it did that. But in doing so it slowed down the faster cars and allowed slower cars and less-talented drivers to run with the pack. What that has done is create a nose-to-tail convoy at 190 mph with everybody — fast and slow, talented and not-so-talented — riding together. While there has not been a spectacular wreck with cars flying into the fence since the inception of restrictor plates, there have been plenty of 10 to 12 car pileups. One of those someday will become just what NASCAR has sought to prevent — a catastrophe.

The first law of NASCAR: For every track style, there is an equally oppurtune vehicle setup.

In 1971, when 48 races were run, barnstorming places like Maryville, Tenn., and South Boston, Va., the end of the beginning for NASCAR, the year it accepted Winston sponsorship and rode it to a more selective but far richer 31 race schedule. The years from '72 to the present are considered the Modern Era of NASCAR.

On Nov. 20, 1977, Neil Bonnett roared to victory in the Los Angeles Times 500 at Ontario Motor Speedway. He drove his Jim Stacy Dodge home just ahead of Richard Petty's Dodge. The race was in itself not a tragedy. What was a tragedy, perhaps the biggest tragedy in NASCAR racing history, was that it was the last win by a Chrysler car as that company decided to let the Big Three become the Big Two — Ford and Chevrolet — in the Winston Cup. Chrysler, through its Dodge and Plymouth divisions and its affiliation with Richard Petty, had been a dominant force up until its last win. But it had been a rocky relationship with NASCAR as the company seemingly was bent on pushing the envelope as far as possible, especially with aerodynamics. When Chrysler finally decided it had its fill of NASCAR and its rules everyone lost.

The tragedy of North Wilkesboro Speedway's demise was not the demise itself since many other tracks have fallen by the wayside over the years. No, the tragedy of North Wilkesboro Speedway's demise was that it was essentially killed off by NASCAR as the circuit decided to take race dates away from the track and give them to new and bigger venues in New Hampshire and Texas. Basically NASCAR killed off one of its own — an original member of its racing family. NASCAR racing began at North Wilkesboro in 1949 and continued through 1996. The demise of North Wilkesboro leaves only Martinsville Speedway as an original track from the first year of NASCAR (tracks at some other places, such as Daytona, have been rebuilt since the premier season). The 73rd and final race was the Holly Farms 400 held on Sept. 27, 1996. Jeff Gordon won it.

There are only three real sports: mountain climbing, bullfighting and automobile racing. - Ernest Hemingway

I drive way too fast to worry about smoking.

Frank Kurtis (Kurtis Kraft Roadster); Jim Travers and Frank Coon (Traco Engineering)" were the boy's who built the 53'54' indy winner.

When I make a mistake, they don't penalize me 15 yards, they take me away in an ambulance. - Richard Petty

The 1989 season marked the first time in NASCAR history that every race is televised.

It will be a national holiday at ESPN. - Dan Patrick, on what will happen if Dick Trickle ever wins the Winston Cup.

Dale Grubba, a Catholic priest from Princeton, a little burg located in central Wisconsin, Father Grubba became hooked on stock car racing while watching the Central Wisconsin circuit in the 1960s. "A friend told me, 'You have to go over to Dells Speedway on Saturday night and see the action they have going there,'" Grubba said. "I went and I was hooked. Marlin Walbeck was the hot driver when I first started watching, and then drivers such as Dick Trickle and Marv Marzofka and Tom Reffner came along."

Father Grubba drove to Talladega with Kitty Allison, the 86-year-old matriarch of the family. Davey's widow, Liz, their two young children and other members of the Allison family were there for a pre-race ceremony to honor Davey. Liz was able to speak to the 95,000 race fans in strong, comforting words. "Kitty said a rosary on the ride over," Grubba said. "She was praying for Liz. She kept saying, 'I have to be strong for Liz and the kids.' The Allisons are that way." Faith in God is what this racing fraternity has left when the faith in their mastery of machines fails.

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