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11-01-2012, 03:27 AM
Today in Nascar History November 1st:
Winners on this date: Buck Baker, Darel Dieringer, Darrell Waltrip, Davey Allison, Jeff Gordon, and Jamie McMurray.
November 1st, 1953: Herb Thomas finishes 14th in the season finale at Lakewood but wins the Nascar Grand National Championship for the 2nd time. Thomas is the 1st driver in Nascar history to score more than one title.
November 1st, 1992: Davey Allison wins at Phoenix and takes over the points lead in the process. Allison leads title rivals Bill Elliott and Alan Kulwicki by 30 and 40 points respectively heading into the season finale at Atlanta.
November 1st, 2009: A relatively tame race at Talladega occurs through most of the AMP Energy 500 due to Nascar's warning on bump drafting in the corners prior to race time. With 25 laps to go however the gloves came off and typical Talladega racing and subsequent carnage ensues. Jamie McMurray avoids the mess to end an 80 plus race winless drought and score the victory. Ryan Newman and Mark Martin both end up upside down during the final 25 laps in separate spectacular accidents in which both are unhurt. Points leader Jimmie Johnson finishes 6th and increases his points lead to over a full race. Johnson is well on his way to his 4th consecutive title and a sole place in Nascar's history books.
11-02-2012, 12:31 AM
Today in Nascar History November 2nd:
Winners on this date: Bobby Isaac, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, and Carl Edwards.
November 2nd, 1941: Jap Brogton wins the Lloyd Seay Memorial Race at Lakewood. It is the last stock car race that takes place before World War II. (Lakewood Speedway picture-and yes that is a lake in the middle of the track and yes cars did go into it when they wrecked)
November 2nd, 1980: Cale Yarborough wins at Atlanta and closes within 29 points of title rival Dale Earnhardt after he finishes 3rd in the event.
November 2nd, 2008: Carl Edwards takes his 8th win of the year by dominating much of the race at Texas and using a brilliant fuel economy run late in the event to come across the line 1st. Edwards closes the gap to points leader Jimmie Johnson but the margin is still considerable with 2 races left in the season.
11-02-2012, 11:08 PM
Today in Nascar History November 3rd:
Winners on this date: Rex White, Darel Dieringer, Cale Yarborough, Bill Elliott, Davey Allison, and Johnny Benson.
November 3rd, 1963: Darel Dieringer scores a major upset victory in the season finale at Riverside. It is his first career series victory. Joe Weatherly wraps up the season championship.
November 3rd, 1968: Cale Yarborough wins the last race of the season at Jefferson. David Pearson clinches the Grand National championship, winning it by 126 points over Bobby Isaac.
November 3rd, 1985: Bill Elliott wins at Atlanta. It is his 11th superspeedway win of the season, a new record.
November 3rd, 1991: Davey Allison wins at Phoenix by leading the final 60 laps en route to victory. Rusty, Mike, and Kenny Wallace all compete in the event, the first time 3 brothers have competed in the same Cup Series event since 1961.
November 3rd, 2002: Johnny Benson finally takes his first and only career Cup Series victory in his 227th career start by holding off Mark Martin to win at Rockingham.
11-04-2012, 01:17 AM
Today in Nascar History November 4th:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas, Jim Paschal, Neil Bonnett, Dale Earnhardt, Joe Nemechek, and Jimmie Johnson (2 times).
November 4th, 1979: Neil Bonnett beats Dale Earnhardt in a photo finish to win at Atlanta. Darrell Waltrip clings to a 2 point points lead over Richard Petty heading into the season finale at Ontario.
November 4th, 1990: Dale Earnhardt dominates at Phoenix en route to a convincing victory. With the win Earnhardt takes the points lead from Mark Martin.
November 4th, 2001: Joe Nemechek scores an upset victory at Rockingham while Jeff Gordon nears his 4th career championship.
November 4th, 2007: Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth engage in a terrific late race duel for the victory at Texas. Johnson gets the best of Kenseth and scores the win and increases his points lead with 2 races to go.
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November 4th, 2012: Jimmie Johnson and his main title rival Brad Keselowski engage in a terrific late race duel in Texas with Johnson getting the best of Brad to score his 60th career victory and put him 7 points ahead in the championship with just 2 races remaining.
11-05-2012, 01:34 AM
Today in Nascar History November 5th:
Winners on this date: Jack Smith, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Bill Elliott, Jeff Burton, and Tony Stewart.
November 5th, 1967: Bobby Allison prevails over Richard Petty in a beating and banging duel in the final race of the season at Asheville. Petty claims the championship however, by a monstrous 6028 points over runner up James Hylton.
November 5th, 1978: Donnie Allison is declared the winner at Atlanta after some confusion as to who won the event. Fans and Nascar originally thought that Richard Petty and Dave Marcis were battling for the win, and they finished side by side at the checkers. Nascar had failed to notice that Allison had passed both 3 laps earlier. Rookie Dale Earnhardt, in his first race for the Osterlund team, finishes a stout 4th.
November 5th, 2006: Fresh off of his dominating win at Atlanta, Tony Stewart brings the same car to Texas and smokes the Chase field in route to his 2nd consecutive win.
November 5th, 2011: Sprint Cup Chase competitor Kyle Busch is parked by Nascar for the remainder of the weekend after intentionally crashing truck series championship competitor Ron Hornaday in Friday night's truck event. Busch becomes the first driver to be sat down since Robby Gordon in 2007.
11-05-2012, 10:13 PM
Today in Nascar History November 6th:
Winners on this date: Joe Weatherly, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett, Alan Kulwicki, Carl Edwards, and Tony Stewart.
November 6th, 1977: Darrell Waltrip wins at Atlanta, passing David Pearson on the last lap and denying him of his 100th career Cup Series victory.
November 6th, 1988: Alan Kulwicki scores his 1st career Cup Series win by taking the checkers in the inaugural race at the new 1 mile Phoenix International Raceway.
November 6th, 2005: Rookie sensation Carl Edwards wins at Texas. It is his 2nd consecutive Cup Series victory and the 4th of a breakout season for the Roush Racing driver.
November 6th, 2011: Tony Stewart obliterates the field at Texas to score his 2nd straight win and his 4th of the 2011 Chase. He closes the gap to points leader Carl Edwards to 3 points with 2 races to go setting up an epic battle between two of the sport's brightest stars.
11-07-2012, 02:26 AM
Today in Nascar History November 7th:
Winners on this date: Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison (2 times), Dave Marcis, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Denny Hamlin.
November 7th, 1951: Nascar publishes its first official newsletter. It is 4 pages long and was published in Daytona Beach, FL.
November 7th, 1965: Ned Jarrett outruns Bobby Isaac and wins at Moyock, NC. It is gentlemen Ned's 13th win of the year and he wins his 2nd career championship by 3034 points.
November 7th, 1976: Dave Marcis beats David Pearson and Donnie Allison to win at Atlanta. Young upstart Dale Earnhardt survives a terrible rollover accident during the event.
November 7th, 2004: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Phoenix. It is his 6th checkered flag of the season.
November 7th, 2010: Denny Hamlin asserts himself and beats Matt Kenseth in a late race duel to win at Texas, taking over the points lead from defending 4-time champion Jimmie Johnson with just 2 races to go in the season. The race is uncharacteristically wild, with Kyle Busch getting a penalty for flipping the bird to an official, Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton crashing under yellow and subsequently fighting eachother on the back straight, and the 48 team switching pit crews mid-race.
11-07-2012, 11:08 PM
Today in Nascar History November 8th:
Winners on this date: Jack Smith, Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, Neil Bonnett, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, and Kurt Busch.
November 8th, 1964: Ned Jarrett wins the season finale at Jacksonville, NC. It is his 15th win of the year. Richard Petty claims his first ever career championship by outrunning everyone over the 62 race season-the most races ever run in a Nascar season.
November 8th, 1998: Jeff Gordon caps off a remarkable year in which he wins his 2nd straight championship and his 3rd in 4 years by winning at Atlanta. The race is the first run under the lights at the track, unintentionally due to a 5 hour rain delay. Gordon wins the event which finishes at about 3:30 in the morning.
November 8th, 2009: Kurt Busch ends up on the right side of a dominating day by the Busch brothers in Texas. Brother Kyle appears headed for a sweep of the entire weekend, but runs out of gas with 2 laps to go, giving Kurt his 2nd win of the year. Points leader Jimmie Johnson crashes on lap 3 of the event, allowing Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon to close the points gap with 2 races to go.
11-09-2012, 02:35 AM
Today in Nascar History November 9th:
Winners on this date: Bob Welborn, Buddy Baker, Bill Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson.
November 9th, 2008: Jimmie Johnson wins at Phoenix and secures a solid points lead over Carl Edwards heading into the final race of the year at Homestead.
11-09-2012, 10:38 PM
Today in Nascar History November 10th:
Winners on this date: Ned Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, and Matt Kenseth.
November 10th, 1996: Terry Labonte clinches the championship over teammate Jeff Gordon while his brother Bobby wins the race at Atlanta, making it a great day for the Labonte family.
11-11-2012, 12:45 AM
Today in Nascar History November 11th:
Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Bill Norton, Speedy Thompson, Marvin Panch, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, and Kevin Harvick.
November 11th, 1951: Tim Flock wins the 100 miler at the dangerous Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. It is the first Nascar race held at the fast track with the Lake in the middle. Young driver Jesse James Taylor is critically injured in an early accident during the event.
November 11th, 1956: In perhaps the oddest double header day in Nascar history, Speedy Thompson wins at Hickory while Marvin Panch wins an event in Lancaster, PA on the same day. The race at Hickory counts on the 1956 calendar year for Nascar while the race at Lancaster is considered the opener of the 1957 season.
November 11th, 1984: Dale Earnhardt beats Bill Elliott to the flag to win the Atlanta Journal 500. Rookie driver Terry Schoonover dies in a crash on the 129th lap :(.
November 11th, 2001: Bill Elliott passes teammate Casey Atwood with 5 laps remaining and wins at Homestead. It is Ray Evernham's first career win as a car owner and Elliott ends a personal 7 year winless streak with the win.
November 11th, 2007: Jimmie Johnson dominates at Phoenix, cruising to an easy victory. Johnson further increases his points lead over teammate Jeff Gordon with just one race remaining in the season.
November 11th, 2012: On a day when championship contender Jimmie Johnson crashes and gives Brad Keselowski a substantial points lead heading to Homestead and Kevin Harvick snaps a year long winless streak, chaos and controversy are the main stories coming out of Phoenix. Jeff Gordon retaliates against Clint Bowyer with just two laps to go resulting in a fight in the garage and complete chaos. On the following Green-White-Checkered restart Harvick holds off Kyle Busch on an oil slicked track as countless others crash coming to the finish line to score the win in a wild and memorable event.
11-12-2012, 12:59 AM
Today in Nascar History November 12th:
Winners on this date: Rex White, Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker, Dale Earnhardt, Tony Stewart, and Kevin Harvick.
November 12th, 1951: Nascar announces that they will sanction a new division-called the Speedway division. It will be open wheel cars with stock engines.
November 12th, 1972: Buddy Baker beats AJ Foyt by half a car length in a drag race to the line to win at Texas World Speedway. Richard Petty captures his 4th career championship.
November 12th, 1995: Dale Earnhardt dominates and wins the season ending race at Atlanta, but it is not enough to derail Jeff Gordon of his first career Cup Championship. Gordon beats Earnhardt by a margin of 34 points, denying the Intimidatorís chance at a record 8th championship.
November 12th, 2006: Kevin Harvick dominates at Phoenix and wins relatively easily. Points leader Jimmie Johnson finishes a solid 2nd, putting him in good position entering the season's final event.
11-12-2012, 10:37 PM
Today in Nascar History November 13th:
Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Richard Petty, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, and Kasey Kahne.
November 13th, 1949: After the success of the Strictly Stock race run at Lakewood Speedway, the promoter schedules a 2nd event to be run on November 13th. The race is rained out and completed the following week, with June Cleveland winning the event.
November 13th, 2005: Young rookie Kyle Busch wins the 2nd race of his career by taking the checkers at Phoenix.
November 13th, 2011: Kasey Kahne ends a long winless drought and wins at the newly repaved and reconfigured Phoenix International Speedway in his 2nd to last race with the Red Bull Racing Team. Championship contenders Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart finish 2nd and 3rd respectively setting up an extremely tight points duel between the two for the championship at the final race of the year in Homestead.
11-13-2012, 10:28 PM
Today in Nascar History November 14th:
Winners on this date: Red Byron, Richard Petty (2 times), Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards.
November 14th, 1948: Red Byron wins the final race of the season in Jacksonville, FL and beats Fonty Flock by 32.75 points to capture the inaugural Nascar championship. Flock wins 15 races during the year but loses due to Byron's 11 wins and more consistent finishes. Byron earns 1250 dollars for the championship.
November 14th, 1993: Rusty Wallace wins his 10th race of the year by winning the season finale at Atlanta. However, Wallace falls shy of rival Dale Earnhardt by 80 points in the championship, Earnhardt's 6th career title. After the race Wallace and Earnhardt do a side by side polish victory lap carrying a Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki flag respectively to pay tribute to the 2 great drivers who lost their lives in 1993.
November 14th, 1999: Rookie Tony Stewart beats teammate Bobby Labonte by over 5 seconds to win the inaugural race at the new Homestead Miami Speedway. It is the rookie standout's 3rd win of the season, the most since rookie Dick Hutcherson won 5 times in 1965.
November 14th, 2004: In the first Southern 500 not held on Labor Day weekend, Jimmie Johnson wins at Darlington on a chilly November night.
November 14th, 2010: Carl Edwards uses a fast car and fuel mileage to win at Phoenix, ending a 70-race winless streak and becomes only the 2nd driver to complete the ‘perfect weekend’ sweep of being fastest in every Cup practice, qualifying on pole, and winning the race in the same weekend (Jimmie Johnson is the other). Points leader Denny Hamlin outruns Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick all day but loses out on fuel strategy, which tightens up the Chase with 1 race to go, leaving Hamlin only 15 points ahead of the 4 time champion.
11-14-2012, 11:51 PM
Today in Nascar History November 15th:
Winners on this date: Cale Yarborough, Benny Parsons, Bill Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson.
November 15th, 1970: Cale Yarborough wins the American 500 at Rockingham and announces in victory lane that he will move to the Indy Car circuit in 1971.
November 15th, 1980: Benny Parsons wins the final race of the year at Ontario while Dale Earnhardt wins his first career Cup Series Championship. Earnhardt wins it by only 19 points over runner-up Cale Yarborough.
November 15th, 1992: In what many consider the best race in Nascar History, Bill Elliott, Alan Kulwicki, and Davey Allison all battle for the championship in the final race at Atlanta. Davey Allison, the points leader going into the race, is taken out in an accident leaving underdog Kulwicki and powerhouse Elliott to battle it out. Elliott dominates and wins the race, but Kulwicki leads enough laps and finishes close enough to Elliott to win the championship by a scant 10 points, the closest title race in Nascar History to that point. The race is also very significant in that it is 7 time champion Richard Petty's final career start and future 4 time champion and star of the sport Jeff Gordon's very first Cup Series race.
(note-every aspect of this race including the whole race itself, every crash, interview, tribute, etc is on Youtube-Iím not going to post them all).
November 15th, 2009: A week after losing over half of his points lead in an early wreck at Texas, Jimmie Johnson reassumes his dominant perch over the rest of the field by obliterating the competition at Phoenix, his 3rd consecutive win in the Fall event at the track.
11-16-2012, 12:43 AM
Today in Nascar History November 16th:
Winners on this date: Donald Thomas, Tim Richmond, Bobby Labonte (2 times), and Carl Edwards.
November 16th, 1952: Donald Thomas with relief driving help from brother Herb Thomas, wins at Lakewood Speedway. At age 20, he becomes Nascar's youngest ever winner at that point (Joey Logano now holds that honor).
November 16th, 1986: Tim Richmond wins his 7th race of the year while Dale Earnhardt wins his 2nd career Cup Series title, beating runner up Darrell Waltrip by 288 points.
November 16th, 1997: Bobby Labonte wins the season finale at Atlanta. Dale Jarrett finishes 2nd, but Jeff Gordon finishes 17th-good enough to win the series championship by 14 points over Jarrett. Gordon is the youngest driver in series history to have won 2 championships.
November 16th, 2008: Carl Edwards dominates and wins his 3rd Cup race in 4 weeks and completes the weekend sweep at Homestead, but it is not enough to derail Jimmie Johnson who clinches his 3rd consecutive title, tying Cale Yarborough's mark.
11-17-2012, 12:04 AM
Today in Nascar History November 17th:
Winners on this date: Fireball Roberts, Richard Petty, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, and Kurt Busch.
November 17th, 1985: Ricky Rudd wins the final race of the year at Riverside as Darrell Waltrip claims his 3rd career Cup Series championship. Title rival Bill Elliott breaks a transmission during the event ending any hope of a title run.
November 17th, 1991: Mark Martin wins the season finale at Atlanta for his first victory of the season. Dale Earnhardt clinches his 5th career Championship by simply starting the race.
November 17th, 2002: Kurt Busch wins the season finale at Homestead for his 4th win of the year. Tony Stewart finishes 18th, good enough to beat Mark Martin by 38 points and claim his first career Cup Series championship.
11-18-2012, 03:27 AM
Today in Nascar History November 18th:
Winners on this date: Buck Baker, Benny Parsons, Geoff Bodine, Morgan Shepherd, Bobby Labonte, Matt Kenseth, and Jeff Gordon.
November 18th, 1956: Buck Baker is declared the winner of the season finale at Wilson, NC even though Joe Weatherly crosses the finish line first. Baker passes Weatherly before the scoring stand located in turn 1 on the last lap so he wins. He also claims the championship by 704 points over Herb Thomas.
November 18th, 1979: Benny Parsons wins the season finale at Ontario Motor Speedway. Richard Petty finishes 5th and claims his 7th Cup Series title by 11 points over Darrell Waltrip.
November 18th, 1983: Richard Petty announces that he will leave the Petty Enterprises team after 26 years together in competition.
November 18th, 1984: Geoff Bodine wins the season finale at Riverside. Terry Labonte finishes 3rd and takes his first career Cup Series Championship, beating Harry Gant by 65 points for the title.
November 18th, 1990: Morgan Shepherd wins the season finale at Atlanta while Dale Earnhardt finishes 3rd and wins his 4th career Cup Series Championship. During the event, Mike Ritch, a crewman for Bill Elliott, is fatally injured when he is hit on pit road by another car :( (this is why we have pit road speed today).
November 18th, 2007: Matt Kenseth wins the season finale at Homestead as Jimmie Johnson coasts to a solid finish and wraps up his 2nd consecutive Cup Series Championship.
November 18th, 2012: Jeff Gordon uses fuel strategy to take his first career win at Homestead (and first for HMS) for his 87th career victory. Young hotshoe Brad Keselowski becomes the Nascar Sprint Cup Champion for the first time as he beats a faltering Jimmie Johnson to claim the first Cup Championship for team owner Roger Penske.
11-19-2012, 02:08 AM
Today in Nascar History November 19th:
Winners on this date: Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, and Greg Biffle.
November 19th, 1970: Ford announces it will cut back its factory support to its racing teams in 1971. Jacques Passino, director of the Ford Racing program, quits the company on the same day.
November 19th, 1978: Bobby Allison takes his 5th win of the year by winning the season finale at Ontario. Cale Yarborough clinches his 3rd consecutive Cup Championship, winning by 474 points over Allison.
November 19th, 1989: Dale Earnhardt dominates and wins the season finale at Atlanta but falls 12 points short of Rusty Wallace, who wins his only career Cup series championship. Veteran Grant Adcox is killed when he crashes on the 202nd lap :(
November 19th, 2006: Greg Biffle wins the season finale at Homestead for the 2nd straight year while Jimmie Johnson wraps up his first career Cup Series Championship.
11-19-2012, 11:36 PM
Today in Nascar History November 20th:
Winners on this date: Fonty Flock, Chuck Stevenson, Lee Petty, Neil Bonnett, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, Jerry Nadeau, Greg Biffle, and Tony Stewart.
November 20th, 1977: Neil Bonnett outduels Richard Petty to win the season finale at Ontario. Cale Yarborough finishes 3rd and wraps up his 2nd consecutive Cup Series championship.
November 20th, 1983: Bill Elliott wins the season finale at Riverside. It is his first career Cup Series victory. Bobby Allison finishes a solid 9th and wins his first and only career Cup Series Championship.
November 20th, 1988: Rusty Wallace wins the season finale at Atlanta while Bill Elliott caps off the season by winning his first Cup Series Championship by 24 points over Wallace.
November 20th, 2000: Jerry Nadeau beats Dale Earnhardt in the season finale to take his first and only career Cup Series Victory. Bobby Labonte finishes 5th and wins the Championship. It is also the final Cup race run by Nascar legend Darrell Waltrip, who hangs up his helmet after the race.
November 20th, 2005: Greg Biffle beats Roush teammate Mark Martin to the line in a photo finish to win the season finale at Homestead, while Tony Stewart holds off Roush drivers Biffle and Carl Edwards to win his 2nd career title and become the only driver to have won championships under the old system and the chase format.
November 20th, 2011: In what may go down as the best championship battle and race in Nascar history Tony Stewart wins the race and the championship at Homestead as rival Carl Edwards finishes right behind him in 2nd. Stewart blisters through the field (passing 118 total cars) and wins his 3rd title based on wins alone. The two stars tie in the points standings making it the closest ever finish and the first ever tie in Nascar history-Stewart wins the tiebreaker based on his 5 wins to Edwards' 1.
11-21-2012, 01:03 AM
Today in Nascar History November 21st:
Winners on this date: Tiny Lund, David Pearson, Tim Richmond, Bobby Labonte, Greg Biffle, and Carl Edwards.
November 21st, 1971: Tiny Lund drives a Camaro to victory in the 400 lapper at North Wilkesboro. It is the 3rd win by the smaller Grand American cars since Nascar allowed them to compete at short track events in the Cup Series.
November 21st, 1976: David Pearson wins the season finale at Ontario for his 10th win of the year. Cale Yarborough beats Richard Petty by 195 points to win his first career Cup Series Championship.
November 21st, 1982: Tim Richmond beats Ricky Rudd to win the season finale at Riverside as Darrell Waltrip finishes 3rd and wins his 2nd consecutive Cup Series Championship, defeating runner up Bobby Allison by 72 points.
November 21st, 1999: Bobby Labonte comes from shotgun on the field to win the season finale at Atlanta as Dale Jarrett finishes in 2nd and wins his first and only career Cup Series Championship.
November 21st, 2004: Greg Biffle wins the season finale at Homestead as Roush teammate Kurt Busch wins the very first Nextel Cup Championship under the new Chase playoff system. Busch endures a wheel falling off his car in the middle of the race and rallies for a solid finish, holding off Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Rusty Wallace for the title. Busch's margin of victory in the points is at this point the smallest in Nascar history, as he beats Jimmie Johnson by only 6 points.
November 21st, 2010: Jimmie Johnson finishes 2nd in the Ford 400 to Carl Edwards and with it makes more history as he becomes a 5-time consecutive champion. It marks Jimmie's first come from behind championship and firmly establishes him as one of the greatest to ever drive a racecar.
11-22-2012, 12:03 AM
Today in Nascar History November 22nd:
Winners on this date: Jim Paschal, Bobby Allison (2 times), Buddy Baker, Bill Elliott, and Denny Hamlin.
November 22nd, 1970: Bobby Allison wins the season finale at Hampton as Bobby Isaac wins the 1970 championship.
November 22nd, 1981: Bobby Allison wins the season finale at Riverside while Darrell Waltrip finishes 6th and wraps up his first career Cup Series Championship.
November 22nd, 1987: Bill Elliott easily wins the season finale at Atlanta while Dale Earnhardt finishes 2nd and celebrates his championship after the race.
November 22nd, 2009: Denny Hamlin wins the season finale at Homestead as Jimmie Johnson cruises to a 5th place finish and makes history as the only 4 time consecutive Cup Series Champion in Nascarís 61 year history.
11-22-2012, 11:27 PM
Today in Nascar History November 23rd:
Winners on this date: Buddy Baker and Robby Gordon.
November 23rd, 1975: Buddy Baker wins the season finale at Ontario for his 4th win of the year. Richard Petty wins his 6th career Nascar Championship by 722 points over Dave Marcis.
November 23rd, 2001: Robby Gordon wins at New Hampshire on a cold November day to score his first ever career Cup Series victory. The race was postponed from September 16th due to the terrorist attacks on September 11th. Jeff Gordon wins his 4th Nascar Cup Series Championship.
11-23-2012, 11:56 PM
Today in Nascar History November 24th:
Winners on this date: Bobby Allison.
November 24th, 1974: Bobby Allison pulls off an upset in the season finale at Ontario. Allison drives the underpowered Penske Matador which in all ways should not have beat its more powerful competition on the big Ontario track. In post race inspection, officials discover illegal roller tappets on the car, which made it much faster. The victory stands but the team is fined a then record 9,100 dollars for their cheating. Richard Petty wins his 5th career Cup Championship by 567.45 points. The points system in 1974 was a one off system used and was very complicated, hence the reason for the decimal points.
11-24-2012, 11:00 PM
Today in Nascar History November 25th:
Winners on this date: Frank Mundy.
November 25th, 1951: Frank Mundy drives a Studebaker to the win in the final race of the 1951 season at Lakeview Speedway in Mobile, AL. Bob Flock breaks his neck in a crash during the opening laps of the event while Herb Thomas beats Fonty Flock for the championship.
November 25th, 1968: Richard Petty announces that he will leave the Plymouth brand to drive Fords in 1969. Petty's previous 92 career wins had all been in a Plymouth.
11-25-2012, 11:37 PM
Today in Nascar History November 26th:
Winners on this date: Ned Jarrett
11-26-2012, 11:55 PM
Today in Nascar History November 27th:
Winners on this date: Richard Petty.
November 27th, 1953: Nascar announces it will have both owner and driver points standings in 1954. This is put in due to the fact that some team owners complained that the drivers weren't splitting the points fund money fairly. Points money for each will now be equal.
November 27th, 1957: The first mound of dirt is moved on the land that will become Daytona International Speedway.
(this is a young Bill France Jr. moving dirt on the property)
11-27-2012, 11:45 PM
Today in Nascar History November 28th:
Winners on this date: Nobody.
November 28th, 1949: Nascar announces that the victory dinner to honor the Nascar divisional champions will be held in Daytona Beach, FL. Red Byron, the champion of the Strictly Stock (Cup Series) Championship, and Fonty Flock, winner of the Nascar Modified championship, are honored at the event.
November 28th, 2000: Mike Helton takes over from Bill France Jr. as President of Nascar.
11-28-2012, 11:05 PM
Today in Nascar History November 29th:
Winners on this date: Nobody.
A whole lotta nothing has happened on this date in Nascar history.
11-29-2012, 11:45 PM
Today in Nascar History November 30th:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas.
November 30th, 1952: Herb Thomas wins the season finale at West Palm Beach as Tim Flock captures the championship despite flipping midway through the race.