The origins of NASCAR racing go back to the prohibition era when moonshine runners would upgrade their vehicles in order to outrun authorities while leaving the vehicles looking ordinary so as not to attract attention.
NASCAR is rooted in Prohibition bootlegging. They souped up stock cars to outrun the police and that led to competitive racing between gangs.
TLC planned to make a reality show about NASCAR wives but cancelled it before airing because the wives got along too well.
NASCAR rose in popularity in 1979 after the first nationally televised race ended with the leaders crashing on the last lap, and then proceeding to fight in the muddied infield grass. With only 3 channels, and much of the the East Coast snowed in, it quickly became nationally known.
A man born without hands became an engineer for NASCAR’s most winning organization. He operates a keyboard and mouse with his feet to design body and chassis components.