During prohibition, distillers of moonshine employed moonshine runners who quickly shipped the moonshine into town. Moonshine Runners modified their cars to make them fast enough to escape police. With cars that fast, outlaws began racing each other.
Eventually, the capital of moonshine production, Wilkes County, North Carolina, also became the birthplace of the first NASCAR track. The North Wilkesboro Speedway held its first NASCAR sanctioned race in 1949. The track was eventually closed and relocated to Texas.