Whether it’s with family or friends, there is something special about attending a NASCAR race. Opening and closing out the regular NASCAR Cup Series season right here at the World Center of Racing at the Daytona International Speedway, there truly is nothing like it. Marking 75 seasons in 2023, the world’s passion for racing has been passed down to a whole new audience over the years.
“I think that NASCAR has been an amazing story of adaptation and success over the last 75 years,” said race fan John Gilvary attending with girlfriend Angie Pollizatto.
“Their ability to grow the sport in popularity worldwide through the loyalty of their fan base to the safety they have built into their race cars and tracks, NASCAR understands how to last another 75 years. I believe they will continue to grow the sport through additional team ownership by former superstars and continue to grow through young talent from all over the world.”
Looking ahead to the next generation of drivers, Kim Carney is matriarch to a family of race fans.
“We have three generations that love racing. Jim, my husband and Ryan, my son used to drag race in Delaware,’ shared Carney. “We moved to Florida for the racing. Now my grandson, Nolan, who is in the picture with me is a cart racer in Orlando and has already been on the podium his first year.”
Attending the final Cup Series race of the regular season, Carney said she attended for sentimental reasons.
“I was there because my favorite driver is Kevin Harvick, No. 4. This was his last race in Daytona. I have been following him for 23 years,” she said.
As lifelong fans, the family loves the wholesome atmosphere and commitment to American values.
“It is an American tradition. They are paying attention to safety while keeping the racing exciting. I’ll never forget the day we lost Dale Earnhardt. We love the fact it is anybody’s sport. Patriotic, country loving Americans coming together! My husband has gone to the 24-Hour Rolex several times. All of motor sports has their own style. NASCAR is staying relevant and that is important to 75 more years.
Heading to a 1-2 finish alongside Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing teammate No. 17 Chris Buescher during the Coke Zero Sugar 400, No. 6 driver Brad Keselowski shared how special being part of the NASCAR family has been for him over the past 15 years.
“How special has it been in my life? I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t a race car driver,” said Keselowski. “I’m glad to have an opportunity to be in the sport and to make a livin’ and help other people achieve their dreams. That’s easier said than done.”
The 75th post season’s playoff schedule for September runs every weekend starting with the Cookout Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 3rd and culminates with the NASCAR Cup Series Championship on November 5 at Phoenix Raceway.