What Do NASCAR Race Flags Mean?

 

NASCAR Race Flags pic

NASCAR Race Flags
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Michael John Smeriglio is an experienced Certified Public Accountant, who owns the Michael J. Smeriglio III, CPA, accounting firm in Greenwich, Connecticut. Outside of his profession, Michael J. Smeriglio is an enthusiastic fan of NASCAR and owns a modified race team that has won three championships.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR, was founded in 1948. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the organization has fan base that is second only to the National Football League. Currently, NASCAR sanctions a number of professional race car series that include the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Whelen Modified Tour.

Regardless of the series, flags are used at all NASCAR races to communicate important messages to drivers. These include the green flag, which signals the start of the race, and a checkered flag, which indicates a driver has won the race.

Caution flags, such as the red flag and the yellow flag, are also often used. A red flag indicates drivers must stop, while a yellow flag is waved to trigger a caution period. During a caution period, drivers must slow down due to unsafe track conditions. Other flags include the black flag, waved to let drivers know they must exit the course, and a white flag, which is used when the leader has one remaining lap.

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