Nascar First Facts

Nascar First Facts

If you have ever wondered about NASCAR history, NASCAR firsts, and facts, here are some answers to the questions you may be wondering about.

Who was the first female NASCAR driver?
The first female NASCAR driver was Sara Christian. She competed in June 19, 1949 at the N.A.S.C.A.R Strictly Stock, which is now the Sprint Cup, at the Charlotte-Speedway located in the city of Charlotte, NC. Sara was 31 years old and completed the race in the 14th place out of 33 drivers.

Who Was The First African-American Female NASCAR Driver?
Shauntia Latrice Norfleet, best known as Tia Norfleet was the first and African-American female NASCAR driver. Her father, Bobby Norfleet, was also a NASCAR driver. Racing was something she always did, but only on a limited basis. It was not until 2004 that Tia became the first female African-American driver to acquire a NASCAR Late-Model Series racing license. Tia’s career was full of controversy since then, but to this day she is the first and only African-American female NASCAR driver.

NASCAR’s First Woman Pit Crew Member
The first NASCAR female pit crew member is Christmas Abbott. In 2013, at the age of 31, she became a member of Michael-Waltrip Racing. Many were surprised and not understanding as to why or how. Although she is small in height, she is a fitness buff, an Iraq veteran, and can change two 60-pound tires in 12 seconds. She has undoubtedly earned her place as a NASCAR pit crew member.

What Was The 1st NASCAR Race Track?
The very first NASCAR race-track was Daytona’s beach course. The first race that was sanctioned by NASCAR was held there on February 15, 1948. This was only 2 months after the organized meeting that created the National-Association for Stock-Car Auto-Racing orr simply the NASCAR that we now know.

Where Was The First NASCAR Track Built?
The first NASCAR track was built in North Carolina. It was the Charlotte-Speedway in the city of Charlotte, NC.

First NASCAR Track With Lights
The first track to have lights installed was the Charlotte Motor-Speedway in 1992, and it became the first non-short track to host night racing.

First NASCAR Oval Track
The first NASCAR oval track was Martinsville-Speedway found in Martinsville, Virginia. This track was built in 1947 by H. Clay Earles.

Who Was The First African American NASCAR Driver?
The first African American NASCAR driver was Wendell Oliver-Scott. He obtained his NASCAR license around 1953. His debut race was on March 4, 1961 at the Grand-National Series in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Ten years later, on December 1, 1963, Wendell Oliver Scott won a Grand-National Series race at the Speedway Park found in Jacksonville, Florida. This win made him the first African American driver to win a race at NASCAR’s premier level. He may have struggles because of race differences at the time, but Wendell made history.

Where Did The 1ST NASCAR Race Take Place?
Although it is argued that the 1st NASCAR race might have taken place at the Charlotte-Speedway in North Carolina on June 19, 1949; in February 15, 1948 the very 1st NASCAR race actually took place at Daytona’s beach course. As already mentioned above, this was only 2 months after the organized meeting that created NASCAR, the National-Association for Stock-Car Auto-Racing.

What Kind Of Car Won The First Race?
It was a Red Ford car that won the first race in February 15, 1948, driven by Red Byron at the Daytona’s beach course during the first sanctioned NASCAR race.
First NASCAR Race Under Lights
A glorious event, it was called One Hot Night. In 1992, at the Charlotte Motor-Speedway, NASCAR had their first race under the lights. This was another life changing event for the sport.

First NASCAR Race Outside U.S
The first N.A.S.C.A.R race held outside of the U.S. was in 1952 at Ontario’s Stamford-Park in Canada. In 1958, Toronto’s Canadian National-Exhibition Stadium hosted the Grand-National Series. Later, in 1988, The Cup-Series was held in Australia.

When Was NASCAR First Televised?
The 1st NASCAR race to be televised was in February 1960. The CBS network sent a production crew to Daytona Beach in Florida to cover the Daytona 500’s Twin 100 qualifying races. This took the sport to a whole other level.

NASCAR’s First Superspeedway
The first NASCAR superspeedway was the Darlington Raceway found in Darlington, South Carolina. It was built in 1949 by Harold Brasington. Both Harold and the Darlington Raceway are recognized today.

First Car To Go Over 200 mph In NASCAR
The first car to go over 200 mph in NASCAR history was a Dodge Charger Daytona. In 1970, Buddy Baker broke the 200 mph mark at Talladega. Of course this created some controversy, but it was an event that has been celebrated since.

How Fast Were The first NASCAR Cars?
Byron Red, who won the first race in 1949 had an average speed recorded of 80 mph. The speed of NASCAR cars continued to increase, passing the 200 mph mark although the fastest speed recorded today is 212 mph.

Where Was The First NASCAR Sanctioned Race Held?
Two months after NASCAR was born, the first sanctioned-race was held at Daytona’s beach course in February 15, 1948. There is often debate about which was the NASCAR race, but this one was the first sanctioned one.

First N.A.S.C.A.R Strictly-Stock Race
The first Strictly-Stock race was held at the Charlotte-Speedway in June 19, 1949. When it comes to a strictly stock race, this one was NASCAR’s first.

NASCAR First Restrictor Plate Race
In 1988, at the NASCAR Sprint-Cup competition at Daytona, the horsepower restrictor plates were first seen. They became a mandate for yearly use since then.

NASCAR First Champion
The first NASCAR champion was Red Byron. Herb Thomas was the first NASCAR driver to win multiple championships, first in 1951 and again in 1953.

Who Was The First NASCAR Driver To Do A Burnout?
After winning the Daytona 500 in 1998, Dale Earnhardt did the first burnout. He started the burnout trend. There are stories about him banning his drivers from doing burnouts for fear of damaging the cars, but he went down in history as the first NASCAR driver to do them.

NASCAR First Fight
At the Daytona 500 in 1979, a fight erupted between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison. Allison’s brother Bobby also got involved. The fight broke out after their cars collided at the final lap of the race and they both ended in the grass. They ended up losing the lead to Richard Petty who won.

First Televised NASCAR Race Fight
The first televised NASCAR race fight was the fight between Yarborough and Donnie Allison and his brother Bobby Allison, at the end of the Daytona 500 in 1979. Both events, Petty taking the win and Yarborough and Donnie Allison’s fight were televised and broadcasted live.

There you have them. Answers to the most commonly asked NASCAR related questions. For those that wondered and for those NASCAR fans that like knowing the facts.