Thread: Today in Nascar History February
02-20-2013, 12:26 AM #21
Today in Nascar History February 20th:
Winners on this date: Bob Welborn, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac, AJ Foyt, Cale Yarborough (2 times), Sterling Marlin, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, and Trevor Bayne.
February 20th, 1954: Cotton Owens takes the checkers in the modified division race at the Daytona Beach Road Course. The race is special because it contains the largest starting field in stock car history, 136 cars!
February 20th, 1972: AJ Foyt destroys the field in an absolutely dominating performance in the Wood Brothers #21 to win the Daytona 500.
February 20th, 1977: Cale Yarborough holds off Benny Parsons to win his 2nd career Daytona 500.
February 20th 1983: Cale Yarborough, driving a backup car after destroying his primary car in qualifying, passes Buddy Baker on the last lap to win his 3rd Daytona 500.
February 20th, 1994: In his 279th start, Sterling Marlin holds on to win the Daytona 500. It is Marlinís first career Cup Series triumph.
Finish (whole race is on Youtube if you guys care)
February 20th, 2000: Dale Jarrett passes underdog Johnny Benson late in the going and holds off Jeff Burton to win his 3rd Daytona 500.
February 20th, 2005: Jeff Gordon holds off a snarling pack of cars behind him to win his 3rd career Daytona 500.
February 20th, 2011: In a story straight out of a fairytale book, rookie Trevor Bayne, in only his 2nd career Cup Series Start, holds off a hard charging Carl Edwards and David Gilliland to score a gigantic upset win in the Daytona 500 in the Wood Brother's famous #21 Ford. Bayne uses a fast car and patience to avoid the record 16 cautions which take place during the record-setting event (the race also had a record number of lead changes-74). Other important notables from this race: Bayne becomes the youngest Daytona 500 winner ever (20 years, 1 day-beating Jeff Gordonís mark by 5 years). It is the 5th Daytona 500 win for the Wood Brothers, the first since David Pearson in 1976. It is Ford's 600th career Nascar Victory. It is Bayne's first win in any of the top 3 Nascar divisions period. It is the first time a driver has won the Daytona 500 in his first career start in the race since 1959 (Lee Petty-since it was the first Daytona 500). It is the first win for the Wood Brothers Team since Elliott Sadler at Bristol in 2001. It is the first Daytona 500 since the track was repaved. It is the first restrictor plate race which prominently features the 2-car tandem draft instead of a large pack.
02-20-2013, 10:56 PM #22
Today in Nascar History February 21st:
Winners on this date: Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Bobby Isaac, Dave Marcis, Neil Bonnett, Mark Martin, and Jimmie Johnson.
February 21st, 1948: Louis Ossinski, Bill France's aide and an attorney by trade, finishes the paperwork and makes the organization known as Nascar an official corporate entity.
February 21st, 1954: Tim Flock wins the race at the Daytona Beach Road Course but is disqualified, giving Lee Petty the victory. A furious Flock quits Nascar.
February 21st, 1982: Dave Marcis stays out at Richmond as it begins raining at lap 250 of 400. Nascar calls the race giving Marcis an upset victory. Marcis was the only driver on the lead lap who chose to stay out under the yellow for rain.
February 21st, 2010: Jimmie Johnson takes advantage of a timely caution which puts him in the lead late in the going and holds off a hard charging Kevin Harvick to take the win at California, the 48th of his career and 4th in the last 6 races at the track.
02-21-2013, 11:05 PM #23
Today in Nascar History February 22nd:
Winners on this date: Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Johnny Rutherford, Pete Hamilton, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth (2 times).
February 22nd, 1959: The first Daytona 500 is run on the brand new Daytona International Speedway. Johnny Beauchamp is flagged as the winner of the event. Beauchamp finishes side by side in a photo finish with Lee Petty, who most observers feel won the event. Bill France declares the results unofficial and decides to review photographs to make a choice on the outcome.
February 22nd, 1963: Open wheel driver Johnny Rutherford takes the win in the 2nd 100 mile qualifying race at Daytona. Rutherford becomes only the 6th driver to win in their first career Cup start.
February 22nd, 1970: Pete Hamilton, driving a Petty Enterprises car, takes the upset win in the Daytona 500, passing David Pearson with 9 laps remaining and holding on to the victory.
February 22nd, 2004: Matt Kenseth beats Kasey Kahne to the line in a thrilling photo finish at Rockingham. It is the last Cup Series race held at the historic North Carolina track.
Carl Long Crash
February 22nd, 2009: Matt Kenseth, fresh off his Daytona 500 win, makes it 2 for 2 by winning at California. It is Kenseth's 3rd Spring race victory at the track in the last 4 years.
02-23-2013, 01:10 AM #24
Today in Nascar History February 23rd:
Winners on this date: Paul Goldsmith, Richard Petty (2 times), LeeRoy Yarbrough, Kyle Petty, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Jarrett.
February 23rd, 1958: Paul Goldsmith takes the win on the Daytona Beach Road Course driving a Smokey Yunick prepared Pontiac. It is the last Nascar race ever held on the 4.1 mile beach road course.
February 23rd, 1964: Richard Petty absolutely destroys the field in the Daytona 500, leading 184 of the 200 laps en route to a dominating win. It is his first Daytona 500 triumph and Plymouth cars with the new powerful Hemi engine finish 1-2-3 in the race.
February 23rd, 1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough, starting in a back up car after crashing in his qualifying race, passes Charlie Glotzbach on the final lap and wins the Daytona 500.
February 23rd, 1986: Kyle Petty scores an unlikely win at Richmond as the top 4 cars all crash in front of him in the late laps. The wreck is caused by Dale Earnhardt, who hooks rival Darrell Waltrip into the wall in retaliation for Waltrip hitting him earlier in the event.
February 23rd, 2003: Dale Jarrett holds off Matt Kenseth and wins at Rockingham.
February 23rd, 2013: One of the scariest wrecks in Nascar history occurs in the Nationwide event at Daytona as a melee coming to the checkered flag seeís Kyle Larsonís car go airborne and into the catch fencing. Pieces of his car shatter injuring multiple fans, a few seriously. Miraculously all drivers and fans survive the shocking event.
The finish to the race
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02-24-2013, 04:48 AM #25
Today in Nascar History February 24th:
Winners on this date: Fonty Flock, Fireball Roberts, Joe Weatherly, Tiny Lund, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Fred Lorenzen, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt (2 times), Matt Kenseth, and Jimmie Johnson.
February 24th, 1946: Red Byron wins a stock car race in Orlando, Florida. It is the first race he has competed since being shot down in World War 2. Byron, a successful pilot, survives but spends 27 months in an Army hospital.
February 24th, 1948: Fonty Flock wins the race in Jacksonville, Florida. Late in the race Flock's steering wheel breaks, but Flock miraculously drives and wins the race by using the one remaining steering spoke!
February 24th, 1961: Fireball Roberts and Joe Weatherly win the 100 mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500, which are marred by bad accidents. In the opening race Richard Petty flies over the guardrail, emerging only with a sprained ankle. In the second race Johnny Beauchamp and Lee Petty both go sailing over the railing on the high banks. The elder Petty is not so lucky, as he is seriously injured in his accident, essentially ending his racing career.
Crash (I don’t know how they even survived).
February 24th, 1963: Filling in for the injured Marvin Panch, DeWayne "Tiny" Lund delivers the race of a lifetime and wins the Daytona 500. Ford captures the first 5 spots in the event.
February 24th, 2012: Danica Patrick qualifies on pole for the NNS 300 miler at Daytona, becoming the 1st female pole sitter in Nascar since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta in 1994 and the first ever female pole sitter in Nascar at Daytona International Speedway in history.
February 24th, 2013: Jimmie Johnson holds off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin to claim his 2nd career Daytona 500 victory in his 400th Cup Series start. The race is the debut of Nascar's Gen 6 racecar and sees polesitter Danica Patrick make history by becoming the first female to lead under green in a Cup race, lead in the Daytona 500, become the first female to lead in both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, and have the best finish of a female in the Daytona 500 (8th).
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02-25-2013, 12:04 AM #26
Today in Nascar History February 25th:
Winners on this date: Joe Weatherly, Paul Goldsmith, Earl Balmer, Richard Petty, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Steve Park, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards.
February 25th, 1959: Lee Petty is finally declared the official winner of the inaugural Daytona 500, 61 hours after the race had completed. Petty's victory is decided after Nascar's higher ups view photos of the finish of the event, and indeed, Petty had won.
February 25th, 1968: Cale Yarborough beats LeeRoy Yarbrough to win the Daytona 500.
February 25th, 1990: Mark Martin takes the win at Richmond. After the race it is discovered that the carburetor was illegal on Martin's car. He is docked 46 points and crew chief Robin Pemberton (kind of funny that heís the guy fining people now HAHA) was fined 40,000 bucks.
February 25th, 1996: Dale Earnhardt knocks Bobby Hamilton out of the way with 50 laps to go and goes onto win at Rockingham.
February 25th, 2001: In the first race run since the death of Dale Earnhardt, DEI driver Steve Park scores an emotional win for the team and for Nascar.
February 25th, 2007: For the second straight year, Matt Kenseth has the field covered at California Speedway in the Spring, easily winning the event.
February 25th, 2008: In a rain delayed race run on Monday, Carl Edwards passes Jimmie Johnson in the late going and goes on to win the Auto Club 500.
02-26-2013, 12:51 AM #27
Today in Nascar History February 26th:
Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Marvin Panch, Mario Andretti, Benny Parsons, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth.
February 26th, 1956: Tim Flock wins the race at Daytona Beach for the 2nd straight year. He outruns a huge field of 76 cars for the victory.
February 26th, 1961: Frieball Roberts dominates and his on his way to victory in the Daytona 500 when his engine blows up with 13 laps to go, gifting the win to his teammate Marvin Panch who is running 2nd behind Roberts.
February 26th, 1967: Open Wheel ace Mario Andretti leads the final 33 laps to win the Daytona 500, his first career Nascar victory.
February 26th, 1984: Ricky Rudd beats Darrell Waltrip to the line to score a popular hometown victory at Richmond. Rudd is still battered and bruised from his horrific wreck at Daytona, but manages to win the race anyways.
Ruddís Daytona Wreck
February 26th, 2006: Matt Kenseth holds off Jimmie Johnson and teammate Carl Edwards to win at California Speedway.
February 26th, 2012: For the first time in the 54 year history of the Great American Race, bad weather forces the postponement of the Daytona 500 to Monday.
02-27-2013, 03:04 AM #28
Today in Nascar History February 27th:
Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty (2 times), Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth.
February 27th, 1949: Three events are staged at Broward Speedway, with one being a late added Strictly Stock late model race. Benny Georgeson wins the experimental event while Bob Flock wins the main attraction, the roadster race.
February 27th, 1955: Fireball Roberts is disqualified after crossing the line first, giving the win at Daytona Beach to Tim Flock and car owner Carl Kiekhaefer-the first for his newly formed team.
February 27th, 1965: Ned Jarrett demolishes the field in the 100 mile race at Spartanburg, SC, winning by an astonishing 22 laps. Only 16 cars start the race, giving Jarrett an obvious advantage over some rather weak competition.
February 27th, 1966: Richard Petty relies on a lightning fast car to recover from over 2 laps down and cruises to an easy win over Cale Yarborough in the Daytona 500. The race also doesnít run the whole way, as a Thunderstorm ends the event after 198 laps of the 200.
February 27th, 1994: Rusty Wallace wins at Rockingham in a Ford. Team owner Roger Penske had switched from Pontiac to Ford in the off-season, and Wallace wins for the captain the 2nd time out in the Blue Oval.
February 27th, 2005: Greg Biffle holds off his Roush Racing teammates and takes the win at California.
February 27th, 2011: Jeff Gordon roughs up leader Kyle Busch and passes him late in the going to score the victory at Phoenix, ending the longest winless streak of his illustrious career and tying him on the all-time Cup Series wins list with Cale Yarborough. The race is uncharacteristically wild for a Phoenix event. The last race on the pavement before a repave and reconfiguration of the track sees a record number of lead changes and a massive 13-car accident on the backstretch early in the race.
Phoenix Big One
February 27th, 2012: The first ever rain delayed Daytona 500 is run in Primetime on a Monday night for the first time and produces a wild race which sees perhaps one of the weirdest and wildest moments in Nascar history. Under yellow Juan Pablo Montoya loses control of his car and slams into a Jet Dryer on the track, creating a massive inferno and leading to a long delay to clean up the track. When the race resumes it runs into Tuesday night, in which it sees 2009 champion Matt Kenseth hold off Dale Jr. and teammate Greg Biffle to score his 2nd career Daytona 500 win.
02-28-2013, 01:24 AM #29
Today in Nascar History February 28th:
Winners on this date: Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, AJ Foyt, Rusty Wallace, and Jimmie Johnson.
February 28th, 1960: Young Richard Petty takes the first win of his career at age 22 by winning the 100 mile event at Charlotte Fairgrounds Speedway. Petty gets 800 dollars for the win.
February 28th, 1965: Richard Petty, on boycott from Nascar as a part of the Plymouth boycott, loses control of his 1965 drag car at a drag race in Dallas, GA. The car goes into a group of spectators, killing an 8 year-old boy :(
February 28th, 1971: AJ Foyt drives the Wood Brothers #21 to the win at the brand new Ontario Motor Speedway. It is the 1000th race in Nascar history.
February 28th, 2010: Jimmie Johnson passes teammate Jeff Gordon late in the going to win at Las Vegas. It is Johnson's 4th Vegas victory in the last 6 events there, his 49th career win overall, his 2nd in a row in 2010, and his 15th on a 1 and a half mile track, the most all-time.
BTW-for those wondering 1 race has been held on leap day, February 29th. Richard Petty won it.