"The winner ain't the one with the fastest car — it's the one who refuses to lose.” — Dale Earnhardt (NASCAR Hall of Fame Member and Winner of the 1998 Daytona 500)
Today is NASCAR Day, held during the biggest month for the stock car racing organization with roots in the Prohibition Era. Appalachian bootleggers hauling moonshine across the country fueled innovation in stock car racing, with Auto Enthusiasts altering their vehicles to make them faster and able to handle the sharp turns necessary for evading the authorities. Once alcohol prohibition ended in 1933, bootleggers began racing their modded vehicles and quickly discovered that there was audience for their newfound sport — a big one. Fifteen years later, NASCAR was founded by American racing driver Bill France as the first official sanctioning and operating company for stock car auto racing. One of the sport’s most important races, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, will take place tomorrow at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, with more than 100,000 attending the race between NASCAR’s highest-ranking drivers.