An overview of nascar in the 1960s

This is allowing for the potential for wins to be fought harder for to earn a spot in the Chase. Crew chief Bud Moore keeps Smith abreast of pertinent information during the race.

Decades at DAYTONA - 1960's

Let us know by leaving us a comment below! The Cup Series had its first title sponsor in It remains the only time in history that the feat has been accomplished in back-to-back years. The winner of a race now receives 43 points, with one-point decrements for each subsequent position 42 for second, 41 for third, and so on.

Previously, the most consecutive championships had been three in a row by Cale Yarborough in the late s, the only other time when a driver has won three or more NASCAR Cup Series championships in a row.

NASCAR founded

The cars are a bit different from the cars seen in America, being more akin to a late modelthough steel tube-framed silhouette bodies powered by V8 engines is still the norm. Porter leads the final 50 laps on the banked 1.

1960s NASCAR Season Recaps

Tracks throughout the country were drawing more drivers — and bigger crowds. Also inducted were Junior Johnson, who drove in the early days of the sport, and was owner of a six-time championship team, "The King" Richard Petty, who holds the record for most career wins and is tied with the fifth inductee, "The Intimidator" Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

The second class of inductees are no less important to the history of the sport, as the leader of the famed "Alabama Gang" Bobby Allison, former champion and award winning broadcaster Ned Jarrett, team owner, genius mechanic and world War II hero Walter M. Cale Yarborough and LeeRoy Yarbrough closed out the decade in historic fashion.

The Anheuser-Busch sponsorship expired at the end ofbeing replaced by Nationwide Insurance from —, and the series is now sponsored by Comcast through its Xfinity brand. When those looking to set land speed records began opting for the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah so the incoming and outgoing tides at Daytona Beach would not be a factor, the city wanted to maintain one of its main attractions — fast cars and the beach.

Nonetheless, there was a serious lack of organization. Six days later on Feb. Byjust 10 years after the first mile race to be broadcast live flag-to-flag, every race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule was televised, nearly all of them live.

Race officials notice that Beam forgot to put on his helmet before the Twin mile qualifying race. The intensely competitive series has grown in popularity and in welcomed a new sponsor and name: Three months later in September, Brian Z.

With NASCAR races beginning to show up on the tube in American homes, the automobile industry realized the Automobile Manufacturers Association ban on participation was hindering their efforts in promotions, sales, and performance.

He was a man of strong will — and ambition. This means that four drivers are eligible for the series title entering the final race, as in the Cup Series.

The following yearsuperspeedways were opened just outside Atlanta and Charlotte. Jim Roper of Great Bend, Kan. France had come to Florida from Washington, D. Inthe premier series title name became the Sprint Cup Series, as part of the merger between Nextel and Sprint.

A tremendous crowd attended the event to see automobiles with the appearance of a street-car race door-to-door. InNASCAR announced it was expanding "The Chase" from ten to twelve drivers, eliminating the point cutoff, and giving a ten-point bonus to the top twelve drivers for each of the races they have won out of the first Inthe season was shortened from 48 races including two on dirt tracks to As a result of that sponsorship, the Grand National Series became known as the Winston Cup Series starting in[22] with a new points system and some significant cash benefits to compete for championship points.

The Wood Brothers won two of their record six wins in the race. Television exposure grew as well. In NASCAR implemented points changes to simplify the understanding of how points are earned, and changed the 11th and 12th spots in the Chase For The Sprint Cup to be earned by either having the most points between placesor the most races won between places in the standings after the first 26 races.

With its long back straightaway and sweeping high-banked turns of more than 30 degrees, the 2. On June 14,the third class of inductees were announced.

Fan interest grew and the demand for bigger, faster tracks was heard. Worth and added a second date in New Hampshire. Some could manage both, but did little to adhere to rules set by other tracks.

The number of qualifying drivers will remain at 12, but only the top 10 will qualify solely on regular-season points. Moving decade-by-decade, we take a look at the succeeding 56 years of history at the Coke Zero Powered By Coca-Cola.On January 11, reported that beginning with the season, drivers would be allowed to compete for the championship in only one of NASCAR's three national series in a given season, although they could continue to run in multiple series.

Alex Gabbard is a wide published author and racing enthusiast whose auto racing interests focuses on the hardware and how stock cars evolved from pure show room stock; of the early days to the rapid changes brought into the sport when the factories got involved during the mids and, especially, the s.4/5(5).

The s account for the most multi-win champions in any decade.

1960 NASCAR Grand National Recap

In fact, these three drivers are on an elite list of 10 all-time drivers to win the Coke Zero Powered By Coca-Cola multiple times. Find great deals on eBay for nascar. Shop with confidence. The NASCAR Grand National season marked transitions for NASCAR including televised races and new tracks in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Hanford.

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