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When is NASCAR Day?

The third Friday in May is NASCAR Day.

What is NASCAR Day?

It’s hard to tell which is louder, the roar of the engines or the roar of the crowd. Stock car racing is a classic American pastime. On NASCAR Day, drivers and fans come together with sponsors and the media to enjoy a good race and to raise money for charity.

Folks roll out to the speedway on NASCAR Day for raffles, photo ops with drivers, and a bumper-to-bumper battle at over 200 miles per hour. NASCAR drivers are dauntless, amazing us with refined skills and the audacity to take a souped up sedan into a turn at 180 miles per hour within inches of the cars in front and beside.

Whether you stay at home, head to a bar, or make a trek to the speedway itself, join your fellow race fans on NASCAR Day.

Fun facts about NASCAR Day!

  • NASCAR—which stands for “National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing”—is the main governing body for American stock car racing.
  • You don’t actually need a driver’s license to drive in the Daytona 500.
  • More than 150 countries receive broadcasts of NASCAR races.
  • Bathroom breaks would kill a driver’s race time, so many NASCAR drivers just go in their pants. True story.
  • Instead of paint, stock cars get covered in vinyl stickers that are applied with hair dryers.

How to celebrate NASCAR Day:

  • Head to Daytona, Talladega, Indianapolis, or any other stock car speedway for an official NASCAR Day celebration where your tickets will support charitable causes.
  • Can’t get to the speedway? Never fear. You can catch a race online, or find a local restaurant that celebrates NASCAR Day. Or, you can just look up online videos of cats batting at TV stock cars.

What’s the hashtag for NASCAR Day?

Use #NASCARDay on social media to get the word out.