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Yesterday, 12:22 AM #1
Today in Nascar History SeptemberToday in Nascar History September 1st:
Winners on this date: Curtis Turner, Fonty Flock, Fireball Roberts, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Bobby Allison, Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott, Harry Gant, and Jeff Gordon (2 times).
September 1st, 1941: Lloyd Seay wins the 150 mile Championship race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. The next day-September 2nd-Seay is shot to death by his cousin over a fight about the family moonshine business.
September 1st, 1952: Fonty Flock, driving comfortably in Bermuda shorts and a t-shirt, wins the 3rd annual Southern 500 at Darlington.
September 1st, 1958: Fireball Roberts wins the Southern 500 at Darlington. It is Fireball's 4th win out of the 7 starts he had made to this point in 1958.
September 1st, 1980: 2nd year driver Terry Labonte takes his first career Cup Series victory by winning the Southern 500 at Darlington.
September 1st, 1985: Bill Elliott takes his 10th win of the season in the Southern 500 at Darlington and a cool 1 million dollars for winning the inaugural Winston million dollar bonus-given to a driver if he could win at least 3 of Nascar's 4 biggest races in the same year-which Elliott did.
September 1st, 1996: Jeff Gordon takes his 3rd straight victory at Darlington and wins the Southern 500. Underdog Hut Stricklin leads the majority of the event, only to have overheating problems late in the race-allowing Gordon to take advantage.
Yesterday, 08:04 PM #2
Today in Nascar History September 2nd:
Winners on this date: Speedy Thompson, Fireball Roberts, Cale Yarborough (3 times), Harry Gant, Dale Earnhardt, Ward Burton, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin.
September 2nd, 1957: Speedy Thompson wins the Southern 500 at Darlington. It is the first Southern 500 to have an average speed of over 100 mph. Bobby Myers is fatally injured in a crash on the 28th lap :(
September 2nd, 1963: Fireball Roberts wins the Southern 500 at Darlington with a record average speed of 129.784 mph for the event. The race is run caution-free-to this point the only Southern 500 in history run without a yellow flag.September 2nd, 2012: A late race restart and subsequent pit stop allows Denny Hamlin to start first on the GWC and he holds off a charge from Jeff Gordon to score his 2nd straight victory and his first at Atlanta.
September 2nd, 2001: Ward Burton scores a popular win in the Southern 500 at Darlington. The underdog driver avoids the many wrecks that plague the event and pulls off the upset win.
September 2nd, 2007: Jimmie Johnson destroys the competition and scores the win in a dominating performance at California. Veteran driver Ricky Rudd makes his 900th career start-only to be injured in a multi-car crash midway through the event.