15 NASCAR Trivia Facts to Race Home With

(Last Updated On: February 12, 2023)

When you think about it, trivia is just a different kind of race. Just instead of using your legs or a car you’re just racing your brains against those around you. Unfortunately our brains have a Christmas tree of check engine and maintenance lights that we’re just going to ignore and pretend caffeine solves. But what if we just skipped the brain part and went straight to cars that go really fast? Here are some NASCAR trivia facts you can race to the bar with, or just throw around for their 75th anniversary. 

NASCAR Trivia Facts

1. NASCAR stands for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

2. Also, you can thank Prohibition for NASCAR. Stock car racing has its roots firmly planted in moonshining (smuggling booze). 

3. The first NASCAR race that would resemble modern NASCAR (stock cars) took place at the Charlotte Speedway, which is in North Carolina. This race got started on June 19, 1949 

4. Wendall Scott was NASCAR’s first Black driver, winning the grand National Series in 1963. Scott was inducted to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame in 2015, posthumously. 

5. The very first NASCAR race was held in Daytona Beach, though. February 15, 1948.

6. Dale Earnhardt was such an aggressive driver he was nicknamed “The Man in Black”. Earnhardt passed away in 2001 during the Daytona 500, which spurred many changes in the safety regulations within NASCAR

7. The most consecutive NASCAR Cup Series Championship wins is five, from 2006 to 2010. This record goes to Jimmie Johnson

8. Janet Guthrie is the first woman to both qualify and compete in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 (1977). 

9. The Dodge Daytona was banned from NASCAR some 50 years ago, because it went too fast. 

10. NASCAR engines can push over 900 horsepower, but they are generally restricted to 670.

11. Cars can’t weigh more than 3,200 pounds without a driver (3,400 with one). 

12. The current car used in NASCAR is known as the “Next Gen” car, previously known as the Gen-7. We imagine this will get complicated when they inevitably change it again. 

13. If you’re wondering what the yellow stripe on the rear bumper of some cars means, it’s a rookie stripe.

14. NASCAR tracks are predominantly ovals because it makes for a better spectator sport. 

15. The fastest NASCAR record sits at 212 miles per hour, set by Bobby Elliott in 1987. He drove a 3,700 pound, 625 horsepower Ford Thunderbird, so that’s probably not happening again. 

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Kyler is a content writer at Sporcle living in Seattle, and is currently studying at the University of Washington School of Law. He's been writing for Sporcle since 2019; sometimes the blog is an excellent platform to answer random personal questions he has about the world. Most of his free time is spent drinking black coffee like water.