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NASCAR Birthplace at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona 65 Years Ago

Drivers wheeled their cars around dirt tracks where unscrupulous promoters would take their money and run. Bill France had seen enough when he gathered a group together at the Streamline Hotel to organize what became NASCAR. On December 14, 1947, France gathered car owners, drivers and others to discuss how they could establish racing rules and guaranteed purses for the drivers. The meeting took place at what is now known as "The Penthouse Club" atop the hotel on the main street of Daytona Beach. The infamous meeting resulted in the official formation of NASCAR on February 21, 1948. Little did France know what the sport would become. Young France moved from Washington D.C., his birthplace, to the much warmer climate of Daytona Beach in...

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