Just as much as any other sport, NASCAR is built on its traditions—some old, some new, all beloved by fans and vital to the character of the Sprint Cup Series.
Many of the sport’s traditions have fallen by the wayside in the past decade. When Winston ended a decades-long run as presenting sponsor of NASCAR’s top division and new sponsor NEXTEL ushered in a new championship format, new ones were introduced to take their place. For some events, tradition has simply been shifted to another, but still meaningful, date.
From Darlington to Charlotte, Daytona to Las Vegas, these are the legendary conventions that make the NASCAR schedule so fun to follow for 10 months out of the year: