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01-01-2013, 12:14 AM
Today in Nascar History January 1st:

Happy New Year!

First off this is all of the stuff that happened in January that does not have a date verified for it-quite a bit actually.

January 1947: Bill France makes the announcement that he will control a series of Stock Car Races under the NCSCC banner-or National Championship Stock Car Circuit.

January 1950: Nascar's strictly stock late model division is renamed the Grand National division.

January 1951: Bill France announces that the Grand National division will venture west to new venues in California.

January 1972: Nascar announces the season will be reduced to only 30 races, with events having to be at least 250 miles in length to be on the schedule.

January 1975: Nascar announces another new points system, the 4th different one in the past 5 seasons. Now each race on the calendar carries an equal points value, something that still stands today with our current point standings.

January 1979: CBS Sports prepares to televise the Daytona 500 live flag to flag in February. It will be the first time a Nascar event will be televised live in its entirety on a major network.

January 1986: Nascar changes the names of its top division and its 2nd tier division. Grand National is dropped from the top series and given to the old late model sportsman division. The top series is now known by its title sponsor, as the Winston Cup Series, while the 2nd tier series is referred to as the Busch Grand National Series.

January 1st, 1965: Nascar implements new rules that basically eliminate the Chrysler Hemi engine that was run with much success in Plymouths and Dodges in 1964. Chrysler in turn announces it will boycott all Nascar races in 1965.

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01-02-2013, 01:09 AM
Today in Nascar History January 2nd:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-02-2013, 11:51 PM
Today in Nascar History January 3rd:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

January 3rd, 1974: Nascar announces that all races will be reduced 10 percent in length, therefore using less fuel. The move is done as a reaction to the energy shortage the country is facing. Smaller starting fields and more limited practice sessions are also in Nascar’s plan.

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01-04-2013, 01:12 AM
Today in Nascar History January 4th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-05-2013, 03:00 AM
Today in Nascar History January 5th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

January 5th, 1965: Billy Wade is killed while tire testing at Daytona. Wade was Joe Weatherly's replacement after his fatal accident in 1964. Wade had become the first driver to have won 4 Grand National (Cup) races in a row, doing so in 1964. :(

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01-06-2013, 01:31 AM
Today in Nascar History January 6th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-06-2013, 10:06 PM
Today in Nascar History January 7th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-07-2013, 11:16 PM
Today in Nascar History January 8th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

January 8th, 1987: Tim Richmond announces he will miss the first part of the 1987 Cup season with what he says is double pneumonia. Benny Parsons will replace Richmond in Rick Hendrick's 25 car.

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01-08-2013, 11:55 PM
Today in Nascar History January 9th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-10-2013, 02:36 AM
Today in Nascar History January 10th:

Winners on this date: Ray Elder.

January 10th, 1971: Ray Elder, a west coast driver, beats all of the regular series veterans in an upset at the season opening Motor Trend 500 at Riverside in California.

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01-10-2013, 09:53 PM
Today in Nascar History January 11th:

Winners on this date: Bobby Allison.

January 11th, 1972: Bill France Sr, the founder of Nascar, steps down as Nascar President and gives the control of the sport to his son, Bill France Jr.

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01-12-2013, 03:19 AM
Today in Nascar History January 12th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-13-2013, 04:12 AM
Today in Nascar History January 13th:

Winners on this date: Darrell Waltrip.

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01-13-2013, 11:43 PM
Today in Nascar History January 14th:

Winners on this date: Darrell Waltrip.

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01-15-2013, 12:30 AM
Today in Nascar History January 15th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-16-2013, 12:05 AM
Today in Nascar History January 16th:

Winners on this date: David Pearson.

January 16th, 1949: Marshall Teague wins the opening race of the Nascar season by driving his 1939 Ford to the win in the Nascar modified division race. Only 38 of the 75 cars that started the event finish the race.

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January 16th, 2007: Benny Parsons passes away :(

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01-17-2013, 12:16 AM
Today in Nascar History January 17th:

Winners on this date: Dan Gurney.

January 17th, 1965: Dan Gurney wins the 500 mile race at Riverside for the 2nd straight year. The race is overshadowed by a tragedy at the track when a 20 year old is killed when a forklift in the infield overturns, crushing him :(

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January 17th, 1981: Richard Petty tests a Dodge Mirada at Daytona, trying out something new in regards to the new wheelbase rules established for 1981. Petty is unable to run competitive speeds in the car.

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01-18-2013, 12:04 AM
Today in Nascar History January 18th:

Winners on this date: A.J. Foyt and David Pearson.

January 18th, 1970: Open wheel standout A.J. Foyt beats Roger McCluskey to win the Nascar season opener at the Riverside Road Course in California. Dan Gurney, a 5 time winner of the race, finishes is the 6th position.

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01-19-2013, 12:21 AM
Today in Nascar History January 19th:

Cup Winners on this date: Dan Gurney, Bobby Allison, and Darrell Waltrip.

January 19th, 1964: Dan Gurney destroys the competition and laps the field to win the 500 miler at Riverside. Joe Weatherly, the defending 2 time National champion, perishes when he crashes into a guardrail during the event :( Weatherly's death would lead to advancements in developing the window net since during his crash he was killed by his head smashing into the railing through the window opening.

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01-20-2013, 12:19 AM
Today in Nascar History January 20th:

Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Dan Gurney, and Cale Yarborough.

January 20th, 1952: Tim Flock wins the season opener in West Palm Beach. Bernard Alvarez escapes injury when his car flips upside down and the roof collapses during the race. After his accident Nascar requires that all cars have steel roll bars.

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January 20th, 1963: Dan Gurney beats AJ Foyt to win at Riverside. The race takes almost 6 hours to complete in the warm California sun.

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January 20th, 2011: Nascar brings back Pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway and allows the teams to test the brand new pavement job at the speedway in a sanctioned test for the first time.

January 20th, 2012: Nascar officially enshrines the 3rd class of the Nascar Hall of Fame-Glen Wood, Dale Inman, Richie Evans, Cale Yarborough, and Darrell Waltrip are all honored.

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01-21-2013, 02:12 AM
Today in Nascar History January 21st:


Winners on this date: Dan Gurney and Mark Donohue.


January 21st, 1973: Penske driving ace Mark Donohue takes a surprising victory in the season opening 500 miler at Riverside. Donohue's first career Cup win comes in only his 5th start, driving a Matador.

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January 21st, 2010: Nascar announces a few new rules for 2010 including a move back to the rear spoiler replacing the wing and allowing drivers to bump draft with no guidelines at Daytona and Talladega. Also a bigger restrictor plate will be used at the restrictor plate events. This was also the Press Conference with “Boys Have at It” LOL

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01-21-2013, 11:40 PM
Today in Nascar History January 22nd:

Winners on this date: Buck Baker, Parnelli Jones, and Cale Yarborough.

January 22nd, 1978: Cale Yarborough beats Benny Parsons to win the 1978 season opener at Riverside. Yarborough's win comes in an Oldsmobile, the first for the make since 1959.

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01-22-2013, 10:54 PM
Today in Nascar History January 23rd:

Winners on this date: Dan Gurney and Richard Petty.

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01-23-2013, 11:41 PM
Today in Nascar History January 24th:

Winners on this date: Nobody

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01-25-2013, 12:28 AM
Today in Nascar History January 25th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-25-2013, 11:15 PM
Today in Nascar History January 26th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

January 26th, 1947: Red Byron wins the inaugural NCSCC event, held on the Daytona Beach Road Course.

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January 26th, 2011: Nascar announces a change to its points system, the first since the mid 1970's. Under the new system drivers receive 43 points for a win while last place will score 1 point. Nascar also changes the qualifications for the final two spots for the Chase-giving them to the 2 drivers who have the most wins who are 11th-20th in points at the cutoff. The qualifying rules are also slightly changed basing the order in the event of a rainout on final practice speeds and the qualifying lineup being put in order from slowest to fastest.

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01-26-2013, 11:57 PM
Today in Nascar History January 27th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-27-2013, 11:00 PM
Today in Nascar History January 28th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-28-2013, 11:16 PM
Today in Nascar History January 29th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-29-2013, 11:52 PM
Today in Nascar History January 30th:

Winners on this date: Nobody.

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01-31-2013, 12:27 AM
Winners on this date: Nobody.

January 31st, 1960: CBS television sends a few production crew members to Daytona International Speedway to televise the pole qualifying and compact car races during Speedweeks.

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