NASCAR is the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing and it is the leading body on stock car racing in the USA. Mainly it is associated with the Camping World Truck Series, the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series. It is also the governing body of the Whelen All-American Series and Modified Tour. Overall there are 1,500 NASCAR sanctioned races and around 100 NASCAR race tracks in the USA. It is second only to American Football in terms of television viewer ratings.
The Sprint Cup Series is the main competition within NASCAR. The season lasts for 10 months and there are 36 races, which makes it much bigger than Formula One. In fact this series is what most people mean when they refer to NASCAR racing and that is what we will concentrate on in this article.
All the cars in the Sprint Cup Series are based on standard saloon cars (though of course in the US they call them sedans). Although they are called stock cars, they need only include three parts from ordinary manufacturing stock which are the bonnet (they call it the hood), the roof and the boot lid (trunk lid over there). However that is where the similarity to standard cars stops. There is a restricted wheel base, weight and fuel type (110 octane unleaded fuel). Typically these cars have a top speed of around 230 mph.
In 2011 four outstanding Sprint Cup drivers were: Tony Stewart, who won five races and collected the Sprint Cup; Kevin Harvick, who won 4 races; Carl Edwards who won one race and four pole positions; and Matt Kenseth, the winner of three races and at 40 is the oldest race drivers in the series.
Betting on NASCAR is very popular and one of the most popular places to do it is at Betfair as their model as a betting exchange rather than a standard bookmaker is ideal for this kind of sport. In play NASCAR betting is very exciting too.