Which sport was created as a result of Prohibition?
Stock car racing has its origins in bootlegging during Prohibition, when drivers ran bootleg whiskey. Bootleggers needed to distribute their illicit products, and used fast vehicles to better evade the police. When the runners weren’t smuggling alcohol, many spent their free time racing other runners for bragging rights. Once Prohibition had ended, runners found themselves with souped-up cars yet of work. On December 14, 1947, one of these runners, Big Bill France, held a meeting with other drivers to put in place some standardized rules for the races—thus NASCAR, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, was born. The first official race was held two months later.
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