When you think of NASCAR, images of cars speeding down a track probably come to mind. If you’re a fan of the sport, it’s easy to see why: The cars are exciting to watch, the crashes are spectacular, and it’s rare to find a boring race. But did you know that NASCAR is much more than that?
This year is the 100th anniversary of NASCAR. To celebrate the milestone, NASCAR has put together an entire year of special events planned throughout the season. Some of the events are traditional, such as the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, while others are more unique, such as the Sprint All-Star Race and the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. Here’s a list of just a few of the exciting events that NASCAR has planned.
The Daytona 500
The most famous event of the year is undoubtedly the Daytona 500. It’s been the season opener at the start of each of NASCAR’s top three divisions (now called Super Bowls) for more than a decade. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Daytona 500. As if that wasn’t enough, NASCAR is also holding a special race for drivers who have previously competed in the event (past winners of the Daytona 500). You’ll find all the relevant information you need for the Daytona 500 here.
The Sprint All-Star Race
The Sprint All-Star Race is similar to the Daytona 500 in that it’s also the season opener. However, it’s much shorter (only 160 laps instead of 400 laps). It’s also been a one-off event for the past several years, but this year it will become part of the regular season. This is a great opportunity to see the top names in NASCAR racing compete in a standalone event.
The Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis 500 is the queen of all the races. It’s the largest of all the sporting events in the U.S. and it draws huge crowds. The race will be held over 200 days this year, which is a record for the event. And if you think that’s a lot of excitement, just wait until you see what happens during a thunderstorm.
The Brickyard Grand Prix
The Brickyard Grand Prix is an informal race that takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year in July. It was first held in 1911 and has become kind of an institution in Indianapolis. Last year, the race was held over a blistering hot stretch of asphalt and attracted a lot of fans. This year it will be even more exciting, as it will be held on the same track as the Indy 500. You can bet there will be an exciting showdown between the two events.
These are just a few of the events that NASCAR has planned to celebrate its 100th anniversary. There are other notable races, including the season finale, the Food Truck Festival, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. If you’re a fan of the sport, make sure you mark your calendar and check the website for updates.