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    Today in Nascar History May

    Before we start the month I feel it is necessary to give credit to the sources of info (which are all highly recommended) Nascar Chronicle by Greg Fielden,,, yahoo sports, getty images, and google image search for the pictures.

    Today in Nascar History May 1st:

    Winners on this date: Buck Baker, Bob Welborn, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Darrell Waltrip, Richard Petty, Phil Parsons, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

    May 1st, 1964: LeeRoy Yarbrough scores his 1st career win by taking the checkers at Savannah Speedway-only 12 cars start the 100 mile event.

    May 1st, 1983: Richard Petty beats Benny Parsons and Lake Speed to the finish in a 3 wide affair at Talladega-Phil Parsons survives a horrific rollover crash on the 72nd lap.

    May 1st, 1988: Phil Parsons takes the lead with 15 laps to go and takes his first and only career cup win by taking the checkers at Talladega.

    May 1st, 1994: Dale Earnhardt survives not 1 but 2 big ones and pulls out a victory by holding off Ernie Irvan to the line at Talladega. (Note-this was a sad day in auto racing-Ayrton Senna-F1 champion and considered by many to be the best racing driver of all time perishes in a crash at Imola).

    Senna Onboard Mastery-Jerez Pole Lap 1990-I know this is not Nascar but everyone should watch this video for his driving mastery and the complete screaming sound of that turbo! It is amazing.

    1st Big One

    2nd Big One

    May 1st, 2005: Jeff Gordon survives Talladega and a massive 25 car big one to take yet another win at the Alabama Track.

    May 1st, 2006: Jimmie Johnson wins a rain delayed affair at Talladega.

    May 1st, 2010: Kyle Busch outduels Jeff Gordon on a late race restart to take the win at Richmond. It is Kyle's 2nd straight victory in the spring race at the 3/4 mile track and his first win since last August at Bristol.

    May 1st, 2016: Brad Keselowski survives a completely insane day and wins at Talladega. The race sees 3 different cars get over on their roofs and 37 of the 40 starters involved in accidents. It is Keselowski's 4th win at the Alabama track.

    Carl Edwards Supercollector!!!
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    Today in Nascar History May 2nd:

    Winners on this date: Red Byron, Herb Thomas, Junior Johnson (2 times), Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Buddy Baker (2 times), Ernie Irvan, Jeff Gordon (2 times), and Kyle Busch.

    May 2nd, 1959: Junior Johnson flips his ford in practice, but drives the fixed beater to the win at Hickory, winning by over 2 laps.

    May 2nd, 1976: Buddy Baker blows away the field in the Talladega 500 averaging a blistering pace of over 169 mph average, he wins by over 35 seconds.

    May 2nd, 1982: Darrell Waltrip passes Benny Parsons on the last lap and wins the Winston 500 at Talladega. Parsons won the pole for the event with an average time of over 200 mph, the first time it had ever been done in a qualifying session.

    May 2nd, 1993: Ernie Irvan survives and wins a wild Talladega event that saw the big one and a spectacular flip by Rusty Wallace across the finish line.

    May 2nd, 2009: Kyle Busch completes a weekend sweep at Richmond by becoming only the 2nd driver to win on his birthday. Cale Yarborough is the other having accomplished that feat twice.

    Carl Edwards Supercollector!!!
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