On this day in 1947, a group of businessmen led by Bill France Sr. met in the rooftop bar of the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., to write out the rules for the then-chaotic group of dirt track races born from the days of running moonshine in Prohibition. (The Streamline still stands, albeit with a different clientele these days.) The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing that would emerge a few months later would set rules for what kind of cars would race and help fight promoters who weren't above taking the money from drivers and running. NASCAR's one of the most popular sports in America today, but as much as time has changed it, the line "rubbin' is racin'" applied even in the '40s.
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