Thread: Today in Nascar History November
11-11-2012, 01:45 AM #11
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.
Last edited by race crazy; 11-12-2012 at 11:42 PM.
11-12-2012, 01:59 AM #12
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, 11:37 PM #13
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, 11:28 PM #14
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.
11-15-2012, 12:51 AM #15
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, 01:43 AM #16
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, 01:04 AM #17
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, 04:27 AM #18
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.
Last edited by race crazy; 11-19-2012 at 03:04 AM.
11-19-2012, 03:08 AM #19
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.
11-20-2012, 12:36 AM #20
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.