NASCAR: The Ultimate Left Turns Quiz

By: Ruby Scalera
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NASCAR: The Ultimate Left Turns Quiz
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About This Quiz

NASCAR is one of the classic American traditions we just can't help but love. After all, there's nothing quite like fast cars and good times, and NASCAR delivers all that and a whole lot more. In fact, NASCAR has been delivering good times for more than 70 years. From its humble origins as a test of early stock car speeds and performance to the modern-day circuits broadcast on television nationwide and around the world, it has long been a showcase for performance vehicles that push the envelope and race car drivers who are willing to cross the checkered line first — no matter what it takes. 

NASCAR has also been home to some of the coolest, most capable vehicles ever produced — and it continues to bear witness to advances in performance and safety like we've never seen before. Do you want speed and loud noises and lots of excitement? You've come to the right place. 

Do you have what it takes for a podium finish on this NASCAR quiz? The new racing season is just around the corner, and so now is the perfect time to brush up on your history, statistics, driver biographies and so much more. Put your NASCAR brain to the test. On your mark, get set, GO! 

Question 1 - Bill France
Charles Intestine via YouTube
Who first created NASCAR in 1948?
Bill France
Ray Evernham
Lee Iacocca
Harley Earl
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Wrong Answer

While each of these men were and continue to be some of the most important names in automotive history, it was Bill France, a stock car driver and gas station owner who originally created NASCAR.

Question 2 - NASCAR
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What does NASCAR stand for?
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
North American Sports Car Auto Racing
North American Stock Car Auto Racing
National American Sports Car Auto Racing
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Wrong Answer

NASCAR is the ultimate American sport — and when you look at the name you can't forget it. In its early days, NASCAR had several different names, but it currently stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

Question 3 - fast
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How fast do the race cars go?
150+ miles per hour
200+ miles per hour
250+ miles per hour
300+ miles per hour
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Wrong Answer

While NASCAR has come a long way from those early days of racing, modern NASCAR vehicles go only about 200 miles per hour —which is still incredibly fast! Many of these vehicles have horsepower output in the 800-900 range.


Question 4 - truck series
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What sets the Camping World Truck Series apart from the other NASCAR national series?
Only stickshift vehicles can enter.
Only trucks can enter.
Only American cars can enter.
Only classic cars can enter.
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Wrong Answer

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has gone by many names, but it's the only series where modified production pickup trucks race, rather than sedans. Truck racing has been part of NASCAR for decades.

Question 5 - series
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How many national series does NASCAR run?
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In addition to the Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR also also runs the Monster Energy Series and the Xfinity Series, in ascending order. There are also many local and regional series as well.

Question 6 - white flag
NBC Sports
When the white flag waves, that means:
There is a time out.
There is one lap left.
The race is about to begin.
The race is over.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

There are lots of different flags in NASCAR, but the most famous is the checkered flag, which indicates when the race is completed. Yellow and red flags are for safety, green is to start and white means just one lap remains in the race.


Question 7 - Richard Petty
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Which racer is known as the "King" of stock car racing?
Jimmie Johnson
David Pearson
Richard Petty
Dale Earnhardt Sr.
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While all of these racers has an incredible impact on NASCAR history, Richard Petty is the one with the most career wins of any racer among them, with 200. At seven, he is tied with Johnson and Earnhardt Sr. for the most NASCAR Cup Series championships.

Question 8 - Daytona Beach
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Where was the first NASCAR-sanctioned race held?
Atlantic City
Daytona Beach
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Wrong Answer

Early stock car racing was already being held on the beaches, and since NASCAR founder Bill France already lived in Daytona, it only made sense to host it there — it's also the reason for the Daytona 500 today.

Question 9 - Daytona 500
NASCAR via YouTube
What made the 1979 Daytona 500 special?
It was Bill France Jr.'s first year in charge of NASCAR.
It was the first fully televised 500-mile race.
It was the first NASCAR race on pavement.
It was the first race after NASCAR was incorporated.
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Wrong Answer

Bill France Sr. passed in 1972 and left NASCAR leadership to his son, Bill France Jr. Incorporation and paved tracks had come much earlier in NASCAR history, but a fully televised event was something new.


Question 10 - NASCAR inside
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How hot do the interiors of NASCAR race cars get during the race?
110 degrees
120 degrees
130 degrees
150 degrees
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NASCAR vehicles can be up to 30-40 degrees hotter than the temperature outside, meaning anywhere up to about 130 degrees. Learning how to withstand the heat is almost as important as knowing how to race.

Question 11 - manu Daytona 500
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Which car manufacturer leads with Daytona 500 wins?
None of the Above
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Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet are the main automakers competing at the top-level NASCAR series. Chevrolet currently holds the title of most manufacturer wins at Daytona with more than 20.

Question 12 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Where is the largest NASCAR racing venue?
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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Because the sport is so large, the locations need to have room for all of the spectators. That means the largest, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has capacity for more than 250,000 spectators. The others have room for more than 180,000, 160,000 and 140,000 respectively.


Question 13 - IMS Stands
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True or false: You can see the entire race track from any seat in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Actually, the opposite is true. Because of how long the racing track is, it isn't actually possible to watch the entire track from any seat in the house — which is why there are sitting and standing areas for increased visibility.

Question 14 - NASCAR race car tires
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How much do NASCAR race car tires weigh?
30 pounds
40 pounds
50 pounds
60 pounds
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Wrong Answer

It's all about the weight. Because NASCAR vehicles have to weigh at least 3,400 pounds and travel at speeds of 200 miles per hour, they need a lot of stability. Each racecar tire is 50 pounds, accounting for 200 pounds of vehicle weight — and making those pit crew members seem all the more impressive.

Question 15 - Nascar gas
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A full gas tank can add up to how much extra weight to a race car?
20 pounds
50 pounds
75 pounds
94 pounds
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NASCAR race cars are equipped with a 5.8L V8 engine which needs a special kind of fuel called 98 octane. They have a 22-gallon tank which can add up to 94 extra pounds of weight to the car when full.


Question 16 - Dale Earnhardt
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Who has the most wins at the Daytona International Speedway?
Dale Earnhardt
Jeff Gordon
Glenn "Fireball" Roberts
Darrell Waltrip
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Dale Earnhardt Sr. is considered one of the greatest racecar drivers of all time. In addition to 34 wins at the Daytona International Speedway, he's also tied for the most NASCAR premier titles.

Question 17 - intermediate track
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How long are intermediate tracks?
One mile
More than one mile but less than 2 miles
Two+ miles
Three miles
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There four types of NASCAR tracks, Short, Intermediate, Superspeedway and Road. The Intermediate track is longer than one mile but shorter than two miles. The Road track has both left and right turns.

Question 18 - Herschel Magriff
NBC SportsNetwork
What is Herschel McGriff known for?
Winning the very first NASCAR race
Being the youngest NASCAR winner
Being the oldest NASCAR racer
Inventing important safety mechanisms
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

In 2018, McGriff made history by participating in the K&N West Races at Tucson Speedway at the age of 90, which officially made him the oldest racer in history. He's run over 85 races in his career.


Question 19 - driver's license
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True or false: You need a driver's license to race in NASCAR.
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Wrong Answer

Amazingly enough, you don't. It's a little hard to believe that these racers can go 200+ miles per hour on the track, but potentially aren't allowed to drive on public roads, but it's the truth. (Of course, it's most likely they all DO have licenses.)

Question 20 - NASCAR engine
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A NASCAR engine can last for how many races?
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They may be some of the most powerful engines ever produced, but the kind of strain that NASCAR driving puts on an engine means it just doesn't last beyond a single race. Then they are serviced and rebuilt.

Question 21 - oil
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How much more oil does a NASCAR vehicle use over a standard car?
Twice as much
Three times as much
Four times as much
Five times as much
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

NASCAR vehicles are very, very powerful, and powerful engines pumping out upward of 1,000 horsepower for hours on end need sustenance. That's why the oil has to be changed regularly and why they use so much.


Question 22 - reverse
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Which of the following are real on a NASCAR race car?
Front grille
A reverse gear
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

While race cars don't need a reverse gear for during the race, they do need them for travel and promotional purposes. The headlights, taillights and front grille are all decals that look real.

Question 23 - NASCAR race in 1950
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How many racers participated in the first asphalt NASCAR race in 1950?
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74 racers participated in the 1950 race at Darlington International Speedway, the first NASCAR race to take place on asphalt. The winner was disputed and took more than two days to declare.

Question 24 - Bill Elliot
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What record does Bill Elliot hold?
Fastest lap at Daytona
Most Daytona wins
Top NASCAR speed
Youngest NASCAR champion
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Wrong Answer

In 1987, Bill Elliot made NASCAR history by reaching the top speed of more than 212 miles per hour on a qualifying lap at Talladega. Rusty Wallace hit 228 in 2004, but the record is not considered official.


Question 25 - window
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Why do drivers have to go through the car window?
It costs manufacturers less.
The body is a single piece.
It's a safety regulation.
It makes the car ride lower.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

NASCAR cars are made as single pieces in a process that takes 10 days to complete. Making the body a single piece means that the vehicle is lighter and stronger and can go as fast as possible.

Question 26 - NASCAR track
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True or false: There are speed limits on a NASCAR track.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

When driving the open track during a race, NASCAR vehicles can go as quickly as possible. However, to protect crew members, there is a strictly enforced speed limit in the pit, generally between 30-55 mph.

Question 27 - NASCAR race gas
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About how many gallons of gas are burned during a NASCAR race?
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Wrong Answer

It's no surprise that NASCAR races burn a lot of fuel. Each vehicle is responsible for about 90-100 gallons of gas per race, and given that each race hosts about 40 vehicles, that comes out to 3,600-4,000 gallons.


Question 28 - Janet Guthrie
NASCAR via YouTube
What is Janet Guthrie known for?
Being the youngest NASCAR racer
Having the most Talledaga wins
Being the first woman to openly compete in a NASCAR race
Being the first female crew chief
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Janet Guthrie made huge progress for female car enthusiasts when she took to the Daytona 500 track in 1977 as the first female driver to compete, breaking down boundaries for many others to follow.

Question 29 - NASCAR season
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How many races are in a NASCAR season?
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NASCAR is like any other sport in that it has the regular season and the playoffs. The regular season consists of 26 races and the playoffs 10 races for a total of 36 races in the season.

Question 30 - NASCAR flag
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Which of the following colors is not a NASCAR flag?
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NASCAR has eight different color flags, designed to show racers when to go and when the race is over and also designed to indicate when there is danger on the track. Purple is not one of those colors.


Question 31 - 1992
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Which of these events did not happen on Nov. 15, 1992?
Richard Petty races his last race.
Alan Kulwicki wins the championship.
Jeff Gordon premieres in the NASCAR Premier Series competition.
NASCAR announces a new three-stage format.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

NASCAR's racing format has changed a lot over the years, but it didn't change on that day in 1992. Everything else happened instead, including historic racers leaving, entering and winning.

Question 32 - Louise Smith
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Who is the First Lady of Racing?
Janet Guthrie
Tammy Jo Kirk
Louise Smith
Danica Patrick
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Janet Guthrie would openly make a change for women decades later, but Louise Smith entered races in the 1940s using her husband's Ford Coupe. She raced from 1945 to 1956 and won 38 races.

Question 33 - American bootlegging
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True or false: Stock car racing can trace its roots to early American bootlegging.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

NASCAR fans will know that early bootlegging led to the customization of stock vehicles to be faster and to have hidden spaces, meaning they had to be lighter. Once prohibition was over, racing was the next choice.


Question 34 - G forces
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How much force do racers experience during a race?
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Wrong Answer

2-3Gs of force is quite enough — they don't need any more! NASCAR drivers have been known to pass out or experience back or neck pain, so it's important for drivers to train for the force.

Question 35 - Darlington Racetrack
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What track does the nickname "The Track Too Tough to Tame" refer to?
Bristol Motor Speedway
Daytona 500
Darlington Racetrack
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Wrong Answer

In 1950, the first NASCAR race was raced on an asphalt track at the Darlington Racetrack in Darlington, South Carolina. In addition to being called "The Track Too Tough to Tame" it was also called "The Lady in Black."

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