Stock car racing and the Carolina Piedmont are inseparably linked. Bootleggers in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians first began to "soup up" cars to outrun revenuers while hauling moonshine. As races began to organize in the region, many of these bootleggers went on to become early pioneers of the sport. Once NASCAR was founded in 1948, the Carolinas continued to serve as center stage. The Piedmont's working class was the first to embrace stock car racing and it was here where the sport flourished into a popular pastime. Many of NASCAR's most prolific drivers cut their teeth on tracks carved out of the Piedmont's red clay.
Today in a modern era of racing, NASCAR has continually distanced itself further away from its dusty roots. Corporate sponsors now sit in the driver seat and superspeedways have replaced the old Carolina dirt tracks that once served as staples for the Southern stock car circuit.