1953: John Marcum, former race driver and official of Bill France Sr.'s fledgling NASCAR from 1949-1952, forms his Toledo Ohio-based sanctioning body, the Midwest Ass'n for Race Cars (MARC). The 20-race MARC Circuit of Stars crowns Jim Romine as its first national champion over Bucky Sager and Iggy Katona. Race winners include J.H. Petty, brother of Lee Petty, with Romine winning 8.
1954: The MARC Series hosts its first events outside the midwest region, sanctioning 3 races in Georgia. Sager is champion over Katona and Romine. Race winners include brothers Fonty and Bob Flock, with Russ Hepler leading all drivers with 3 wins.
1955: 33 races in 6 states produce Katona's first championship. Touring series champions in other MARC-sanctioned divisions include Roy Gemberling-Sportsman, Gus Acozili-Hard Top and Guy Devine-Factory Stock. Katona tops all winners with 8, as Ernie Derr wins 6 and Romine 4. Other winners include Mike Klapak, Dick Linder and Bill Rexford.
1956: Katona repeats as Series champ, beating Nelson Stacy after the dust clears from a 45-event schedule. Winners include Jack Farris with 8, Darrel Dieringer with 6, Jack Harrison, Katona and Stacy with 5 and Carl Kiser and Troy Ruttman. 14 drivers post wins.
1957: Katona makes it 3 straight titles, edging Stacy by 4.5 points. 30 races rage from Florida to Michigan, New Jersey to Illinois. Stacy takes 7 wins, Farris 5 and Bob James 4, with Johnnie Parsons, Jack Shanklin, Gober Sosebee and Les Snow also winning. Touring Series champions are Dick Freeman-Modified and Roz Howard-Southern Division.
1958: Stacy is champion over Paul Wensink, Dieringer and Katona. Race winners include Tom Pistone, Fred Lorenzen and Harold Smith.
1959: Stacy's 2nd straight title comes in a 29-event series. Race winners include Tony Bettenhausen, Frankie Schneider, Rodger Ward and Don White.