A Mini Guide to NASCAR

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I’m sure many babes out there have boyfriends or family members that are fans of NASCAR or racing in general. I know my boyfriend is a huge fan. As I watch all the races I find that it’s rather confusing to catch on to the rules, regulations, and pretty much everything when it comes down to NASCAR racing, compared to other sports. Don’t worry, I have put together here a Mini Guide to NASCAR for you babes out there that were just as confused as I was!  

Mini Guide to NASCAR The History & Series

NASCAR is a privately owned company starting in 1948. It stands for The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. The company is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock car racing. The company is based out o Daytona Beach, Florida. NASCAR every year sanctions more than 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48  of the US states as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. 

There are four series that fall under NASCAR. They are Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, the Gander RV and Outdoor Trucks Series, and the ARCA Menards Series. Most associate NASCAR with the Cup Series being its most well-known series. We will focus on the Cup Series today. The Cup Series has 36 races that take over the timeline of 10 months. Of those 36 races, the first 26 are a part of the traditional season and the later 10 races are a part of the playoffs or postseason. For each race, the driver must partake in the single-car qualifying races for that specific track. These are timed laps that decide the grid or lineup position for the actual race. 

A Babes Mini Guide to NASCAR

NASCAR The Races

First up a Mini Guide to NASCAR organization of the season of races. The main goal for any driver in the Cup Series is The NASCAR Cup Series Driver’s Championship. Which is determined by a point system throughout the season. The races can have up to 40 cars and are split into 3 stages. Each stage is set with a specific number of laps. Which varies depending on the specific track. In stages 1 and 2 the top ten finishers are given bonus points that go towards the Championship. Stage 3 is the end of the race and points are awarded to racers on a scale of, 40 points to the winner and then vary for those behind up until positions 36 through 40 who are awarded automatically 1 point. The regular season ends after 26 races, and those in the top 16 by points standings are in the Playoffs. 

The first nine races of the playoffs are split into 3 rounds. There are usually 40 racers at each race but only the top 16 from the regular season can score points. This means the races are considered a race inside a race. Why the other drivers are allowed in is to keep things interesting. As well as offer sponsors more screen time and teams to test for next season. Each round there will be 4 drivers eliminated considering the points standings for each of the nine races. This will then leave 4 drivers at the final tenth race of the playoffs in contention for the championship. Don’t get confused there will still be about 40 cars at this race also but technically only four drivers can win the Championship. Any of the other cars could still win the race itself which makes things really interesting in each of the ten playoffs races. 

NASCAR The Rules & Penalties

Now let’s get into some of the most important rules and penalties that all NASCAR drivers and their teams must follow. A Mini Guide to NASCAR’s penalty system is made up of drive-through penalties. These require you to slow down and drive through the pitlane, and penalties that make you start at the back of the grid too. Pitstops consist of many rules, but the key here is that only 5 or six pit men are allowed in the pit box. They can refuel, change tires, or any other adjustments that are needed. The only time cars will be in the pit box and can not be touched is under a red flag situation. This means the race has been stopped. Another flag that is more common is a yellow flag situation. This means there is a problem somewhere on the track. Cars should slow down and remain in order when the flag was initiated. A car called the pace car will also come out to lead the pack to a restart once the yellow flag situation is lifted. Restarts are my favorite part about races. 

NASCAR is a unique sport. It’s fast-paced, requires a lot of skills, and of course, consists of very long races. To many, it might seem boring at first but once you understand it’s one of the most exciting sports out there. I hope this has been beneficial to all the babes out there! Be on the lookout for my new product A Babes Guide to NASCAR Full Edition soon! Laters babes.

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