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Thread: Today in Nascar History November
11-21-2012, 02:03 AM #21
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, 01:03 AM #22
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.
11-23-2012, 12:27 AM #23
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.
11-24-2012, 12:56 AM #24
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.
11-25-2012, 12:00 AM #25
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.
11-26-2012, 12:37 AM #26
Today in Nascar History November 26th:
Winners on this date: Ned Jarrett
11-27-2012, 12:55 AM #27
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)
11-28-2012, 12:45 AM #28
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.
11-29-2012, 12:05 AM #29
Today in Nascar History November 29th:
Winners on this date: Nobody.
A whole lotta nothing has happened on this date in Nascar history.
11-30-2012, 12:45 AM #30
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.