Unlike other major sports in the United States, NASCAR is made up of many influential families. NASCAR has always been a family business since it was founded in 1947 by Bill France, Sr. Although the drivers may fight on the race track, they come together to make NASCAR a great sport for its fans.
Most sports in the United States have a commissioner who oversees the sport. Because of the family influence on NASCAR, the people who oversee NASCAR come from the same family who oversaw the sport 60 years ago— the France family.
Through the years, many families have had a great influence on the sport. Many of these family members battled it out against each other on the race track. Others made their mark in the organizational side of NASCAR.
Here is a list of the most influential families in NASCAR today…