NASCAR Racing Tickets
Who would've thought hauling shine and outrunning the revenuers would give rise to one of the greatest sports of all time? Those who were in the business as a mere means of survival may not have considered all the possibilities during the heat of the chase, but it all came together in the end. Thanks to the late but legendary Bill France, Sr., 1948 saw the birth of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, an empire destined to shine an entirely new light on a hot-button issue of the time and send fans scrambling for NASCAR racing tickets.
A Brief History
In the early days, long before NASCAR or any of its cup series races came into being, the game was all about modifications and making the most of what you had at your disposal. Shine runners tinkered with their cars to see how much extra horsepower they could get out of their factory features, but out of necessity rather than showmanship. Parts were added, taken away, altered, and creatively engineered to generate a whole new breed of vehicle. It was survival of the fastest and strongest, plain and simple. All those lagging behind were caught and left to pay the price of being part of such a taboo industry.
As the legend goes, some of the front-runners of the moonshine sector took to racing each other when they weren't running from the law. Before long, those impromptu contests of speed and driving skill took on a more organized form, and spectators began seeking race tickets to see who built the best car and could outmaneuver the others. Unfortunately, not a lot of regulations governed these events back then, and racers on the more unscrupulous side of the fence were often the big winners. That's where Mr. France stepped in to level the playing field.
Throwing out the Caution Flag
France decided all those racing events needed more uniform rules and some trustworthy officials should be appointed to ensure regulations were followed to the letter because the honor system just wasn't working. NASCAR was formed to serve that purpose. From there, drivers, car owners, mechanics, body shops and a wide range of other individuals and organizations came together in the sport for all the right reasons. Eventually, countless sponsors were lining up to get their names out there and back the best of the best.
Bringing it Full Circle
Bootlegging was definitely an integral component of the racing circuit; in fact, some of the biggest names in early stock car racing got their experience in driving and souping up vehicles from the sport's less talked-about origin. Back then, fans were buying NASCAR race series tickets to catch a firsthand glimpse of guys like Junior Johnson, Roy Hall and Red Byron comparing their abilities.
Many of the sport's leading drivers were quick to admit their experiences off the track were vital to their success on race day. They obviously weren't exaggerating because they could easily outdo those without a background in running shine. Life experienced paid off in more ways than one.
NASCAR's first big-ticket event took place on the beach in Daytona, Florida since this was already one of the most popular go-to places for these driving showdowns. Red Byron took home the top prize that day, February 15, 1948, and this revved up the nation's interest in stock car racing.
Today, spectators hoping to witness a race where it all began seek out NASCAR tickets for Daytona International Speedway rather than simply gathering along the beach. There, more than 100,000 fans can watch names like Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson take their positions on the oval. Tickets for this year's Daytona 500 quickly sold out, much to the dismay of a number of hopeful fans.
This Year's Racing Season is in Full Swing
February saw this year's Daytona 500 come and go with Kurt Busch skyrocketing into the lead during the final lap to take home a considerably larger pot than Red Byron could've even imagined back in the beginning. Though this highly sought-after event is over, plenty of races remain in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Some of the track-based battles left to be seen include:
- Chicago 400: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois
- ISM Connect 300: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire
- Delaware 400: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
- Bank of America 500: Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
- Alabama 500: Talladega Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama
- Hollywood Casino 400: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas
- Fields of Honor Quicktrip 500: Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia
Those are only a few of the still-to-come races in the Monster Energy Cup Series, and they're only the tip of the iceberg. You've still got the Xfinity Cup and Camping World Truck Series as well as several events taking place outside of race day. Browse Headline Tickets' lineup to see what catches your eye.
Why See it in Person?
You certainly have the option of watching the race at home if you want. Invite several friends over, fire up the grill in the backyard, fill up the coolers and lay out a buffet of the best snacks in the county for everyone to enjoy. All those commercial interruptions give you plenty of time for pit stops of your own, right? At the same time, what could compare to watching it all unfold from the comfort of your own home?
We could give you a rundown of the benefits of buying race tickets as long as the history of NASCAR itself, but there's really no need. The power of being there in the heart of the excitement can be summed up in three basic points:
- The smell of racing fuel and burning rubber
- The camaraderie of the fans
- The soul-rattling rumble of the engines
Need we say more? Unless you have your heart set on watching those computer-generated position pointers continually swapping places on the television and constantly trying to keep up with the running feed blazing across the screen, head out to the speedway and experience it all for yourself. Seats to all those must-see races are waiting for you at Headline Tickets.
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