Sock Car Racing is a form of automobile racing which is popular in the U.S., it features cars that are based on standard U.S. commercial models, but have been modified to $250,000 race cars. They are usually raced on oval, paved tracks. The cars can sometimes reach speeds of close to 200mph. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), founded in 1947 in Daytona Beach, Fla., gave the sport its first formal organization. The Daytona 500 is the sport's most famous race.
Drag racing is a form of racing in which two contestants race side by side from a standing start over a straight quarter-mile strip of pavement. Winners go on to compete against others in their class until only one is left undefeated. There are three main classes of vehicle, the Top Fuel Eliminator (called a "rail" or "slingshot"), a lightweight, long-chassied vehicle with wide rear tires that is fueled by a special mixture, such as methanol and nitro methane, the "funny car," a high-performance copy of a late-model production car that uses special fuel, and the standard production car, a modified version of a gasoline-powered production car. The Top Fuel class is the fastest, followed by the funny car. Drag racing is most popular in the U.S.
Dirt track racing is racing performed on oval tracks. It began in the United States before World War I and became widespread during the 1920s and 30s. Two different types of racecars were used open wheel racers in the Northeast and West and stock cars in the South. The open wheel racers were built for racing, and the stock cars were ordinary automobiles modified to varying degrees.
Dirt track racing is the single most common form of auto racing...