In what year did wearing seat belts first become a requirement for competitive racing?
The Sports Car Club of America (precursor to NASCAR) required all competing racers to wear lap belts in 1954. It wasn't until the 1980s that states began passing laws requiring seat belts be worn in the front seat. NASCAR has a proud history of leading the way for car safety advancements among the general public. And NASCAR drivers, perhaps more than anyone, understand the importance of car safety.
We're fortunate to have Kansas native and NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer agree to participate in a PSA for us about the importance of wearing seat belts. The PSA was filmed on July 18 and will be released soon. Stay tuned for that video. Below is a photo from the set to give a little sneak peek.