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Popular forms of auto racing - part II
With so many different types or racing cars - stock cars, rally cars, hot rods and sports cars among others - it comes a little surprise that dozens of forms of automobile racing have developed over the last century. With unique challenges, rules, technical specifications and courses, each individual style of racing attracts fans from all over the world. Here are some car travel tips on the most popular forms of auto racing - part II.
Popular amongst street racers and professionals alike, drag racing is one of the simplest yet most competitive styles of auto racing. Racers line up on a straight, quarter-mile track, known as the drag strip, and vie to complete the course in the shortest amount of time - usually only a matter of seconds.
Stock car racing
The most popular form of automotive racing in North America, stock car racing involves an oval track and "stock" cars, which were originally unmodified from the factory model (unlike traditional race cars). Today, stock cars are more advanced than their ancestors. This form of racing is popular in the NASCAR organization in the U.S.
Sports car racing
Featuring variations of street legal sports cars, sports car racing blends aspects of traditional open car racing (like Formula 1) and touring car racing (similar to NASCAR). Often, these races challenge drivers' endurance and strategy over pure speed - lasting up to 24 hours at times.