Stock car racing

Stock car racing is a form of automobile racing run on oval tracks and road courses measuring approximately 0.25 to 2.66 miles (0.4 to 4.3 kilometers). It originally used production-model cars, hence the name "stock car", but is now run using cars specifically built for racing. It originates from the United States and Canada; the world's largest governing body is the American NASCAR. Its NASCAR Cup Series is the premier top-level series of professional stock car racing. Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil and the United Kingdom also have forms of stock car racing.[1] Top-level races typically range between 200 and 600 miles (322 and 966 km) in length.

Stock car racing
NASCAR vehicles practicing at Daytona International Speedway in 2004
Highest governing bodyNASCAR
Characteristics
ContactYes
Team membersYes
Mixed-sexYes
TypeOutdoor
VenueAll types of oval tracks and road courses

Top-level stock cars exceed 200 mph (322 km/h)[2][3][4] at speedway tracks and on superspeedway tracks such as Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.[5][6] Contemporary NASCAR-spec top-level cars produce maximum power outputs of 860–900 hp[7][8] from their naturally aspirated V8 engines. In October 2007 American race car driver Russ Wicks set a speed record for stock cars in a 2007-season Dodge Charger built to NASCAR specifications by achieving a maximum speed of 244.9 mph (394.1 km/h) at Bonneville Speedway.[9][10] For the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series, power output of the competing cars ranged from 750 to 800 hp (560 to 600 kW).[11][12]


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