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Thread: Today in Nascar History March
03-01-2013, 02:44 AM #1
Today in Nascar History MarchBefore 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, racing-reference.com, Motorsport.com, Yahoo sports, Getty images, Zimbio, and Google image search for the pictures.
Today in Nascar History March 1st:
Winners on this date: Curtis Turner, James Hylton, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, and Kyle Busch.
March 1st, 1970: James Hylton holds off Richard Petty to score a win for the underdogs in the Richmond 500. It is his first career Cup Series victory.
March 1st, 1981: Darrell Waltrip drives his #11 Junior Johnson owned car to victory in the Carolina 500 at Rockingham. In his first 4 starts for his new team, Waltrip has 2 victories.
March 1st, 1998: Mark Martin beats his Ford teammate Jeff Burton to the line to win the inaugural race at the brand new Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is also the first win for the Ford Taurus brand in Nascar.
March 1st, 2009: Kyle Busch passes Clint Bowyer in the late going and goes on to score a popular hometown win at Las Vegas.
03-02-2013, 03:26 AM #2
Today in Nascar History March 2nd:
Winners on this date: Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Terry Labonte, Rusty Wallace, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards.
March 2nd, 1958: Lee Petty is declared the official winner of the 100 mile race at Concord Speedway 4 days after the checkered flag. Curtis Turner and Speedy Thompson protest and claim that they were the rightful 1-2 finishers in the event. Turner had started from pole and apparently never got passed, but Petty’s scorecard indicated that he had completed 200 laps first.
March 2nd, 2003: Matt Kenseth scores another victory for Jack Roush at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and wins in relatively easy fashion.
March 2nd, 2008: Carl Edwards holds off a charge late from Dale Earnhardt Jr. as Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon crash in spectacular fashion behind them, giving Edwards his 2nd straight Cup Series win. After the race it is discovered that the oil tank lid in Edwards’ car had come off in the event, and his team is fined 100 points for the infraction but allowed to keep the victory.
Gordon's Big Crash
03-03-2013, 03:24 AM #3
Today in Nascar History March 3rd:
Winners on this date: Jack Smith, Richard Petty, Neil Bonnett, Kyle Petty, Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin, and Carl Edwards.
March 3rd, 1991: Kyle Petty comes from a lap down early to lead 380 of the 500 laps and takes a dominating win in the 500 lapper at Rockingham.
March 3rd, 2013: Carl Edwards ends a 70 race winless drought by holding off Jimmie Johnson on a late race restart to win at Phoenix. It is Edwards’ 20th career win and his 2nd at PIR and also the first for the Ford Fusion Generation 6 racecar.
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03-04-2013, 03:28 AM #4
Today in Nascar History March 4th:
Winners on this date: Billy Myers, Cotton Owens, Joe Weatherly, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison (2 times), Kyle Petty, Jeff Gordon, and Denny Hamlin.
March 4th, 2012: Denny Hamlin holds off Kevin Harvick as the 2nd place driver runs out of fuel on the last lap to score the victory at Phoenix. It is Hamlin's first win with new crew chief Darian Grubb and it comes in only the pairing's 2nd start.
03-05-2013, 03:11 AM #5
Today in Nascar History March 5th:
Winners on this date: Rex White, Richard Petty, AJ Foyt, David Pearson, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, and Jeff Burton.
March 5th, 1972: AJ Foyt dominates and wins the 2nd annual 500 mile race at the Ontario Speedway in California. The 2nd half of the event is shown on ABC Sports, drawing a 12.3 rating for the last half hour.
March 5th, 1978: David Pearson passes Benny Parsons late in the going to win the Carolina 500 at Rockingham. It is the 100th win of the Silver Foxes' career.
March 5th, 2011: As Mark Martin wins at Las Vegas and takes his 49th career checkered flag in the Nationwide Series, Danica Patrick makes history by finishing 4th in the event, the highest a female has ever finished in any of Nascar's top 3 divisions (previously the best had been a 5th place by Sara Christian in a 1949 event).
03-06-2013, 01:05 AM #6
Today in Nascar History March 6th:
Winners on this date: Richard Petty, Neil Bonnett, Ernie Irvan, and Carl Edwards.
March 6th, 1988: Neil Bonnett wins at Rockingham after starting in the 30th position. It is Bonnett's 2nd straight Cup Series win. The top 4 finishers in the event all are on Hoosier Tires.
March 6th, 2011: Carl Edwards take advantage of Tony Stewart's pit miscue and subsequent alternating strategy to take the lead off of the final pit stop and hold off a charging Stewart for the win at Las Vegas. Stewart leads for most of the event but it is Edwards who takes his 2nd career victory at the Nevada track.
03-07-2013, 01:01 AM #7
Today in Nascar History March 7th:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas, Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, Dave Marcis, Davey Allison, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, and Kurt Busch.
March 7th, 1935: Sir Malcolm Campbell drives his Bluebird to a record 276.82 speed run on the sands of Daytona Beach. It brings to a close speed trials on Daytona Beach for good.
March 7th, 1993: Davey Allison scores an easy victory at Richmond. It would be the final victory of his career.
March 7th, 1999: In a battle of Burton brothers, Jeff prevails over Ward and passes him with 10 laps to go to win the 2nd annual race at Las Vegas.
March 7th, 2004: Matt Kenseth backs up his 2003 triumph at Las Vegas by repeating and taking the checkers again in the 2004 version.
March 7th, 2010: Kurt Busch survives 2 Green White Checker restarts in a wild race to win for the 2nd straight year at Atlanta. Carl Edwards tests Nascar’s new “have at it boys” policy when he intentionally wrecks 6th place Brad Keselowski late in the race in retaliation for an earlier accident. Keselowski's car goes airborne in a spectacular crash. Luckily he emerges unhurt. Edwards is parked for the remainder of the event.
March 7th, 2013: Denny Hamlin is fined 25,000 by Nascar for his comments about the new Gen 6 racecar after the Phoenix event. An angry Hamlin vows not to pay the fine and dares the sanctioning body to suspend him.
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03-08-2013, 03:34 AM #8
Today in Nascar History March 8th:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas, Curtis Turner, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, and Kurt Busch.
March 8th, 1936: The city of Daytona Beach conducts a 240 mile late model stock car race in replacement of the now vacant Daytona Beach Speed Trials. Milt Marion wins the race while a young Bill France finishes 5th.
March 8th, 1987: Dale Earnhardt drives his car to the win at Richmond, his 22nd career victory.
March 8th, 2009: Kurt Busch dominates at Atlanta and passes Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards on a late race restart to claim the win.
03-09-2013, 01:58 AM #9
Today in Nascar History March 9th:
Winners on this date: David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte (2 times), and Kyle Busch.
March 9th, 1997: Dale Jarrett dominates the 500 mile race in Atlanta, winning easily. Ernie Irvan finishes 2nd giving the RYR cars a 1-2 finish. Late in the event Steve Grissom survives a spectacular crash on the backstretch.
March 9th, 2008: Kyle Busch dominates the 2nd half of the event at Atlanta and holds on to score the first win for Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series. It is also Kyle's 1st win since joining Joe Gibbs Racing.
03-10-2013, 04:08 AM #10
Today in Nascar History March 10th:
Winners on this date: Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt, Tony Stewart, and Matt Kenseth.
March 10th, 1940: A 160 mile race is held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. Well known moonshiner Rapid Roy Hall wins in his 1939 Ford.
March 10th, 2013: Matt Kenseth becomes only the 3rd driver to win on his birthday by claiming the win in a spirited duel with Kasey Kahne in Las Vegas. The win is the first for the Toyota Gen 6 racecar and Kenseth’s 3rd Las Vegas victory. It is also his first for Joe Gibbs Racing.
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