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Thread: Today in Nascar History March
03-21-2013, 01:09 AM #21
Today in Nascar History March 21st:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Burton, and Jimmie Johnson (2 times).
March 21st, 1999: Jeff Burton becomes perhaps the luckiest and most bizarre winner in Nascar history after the 400 miler at Darlington is called on lap 163 due to a thunderstorm. As the rains start falling leader Burton gets involved in a big melee on the frontstretch destroying his car. Burton limps around with the mangled heap under caution in the lead and is in the same position when the race is called under the red, giving him the ultimate rain gift victory.
March 21st, 2010: Jimmie Johnson takes advantage of a late race restart to get past the dominant car of the day in Kurt Busch and takes the checkers at Bristol for the first time in his career. Along with it being JJ's 3rd win in the first 5 races of 2010, it is his 50th career win, tying him with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson on the all-time win list.
03-22-2013, 01:24 AM #22
Today in Nascar History March 22nd:
Winners on this date: Johnny Beauchamp, Fred Lorenzen, Dale Jarrett, and Kyle Busch.
March 22nd, 2009: Kyle Busch dominates at Bristol and scores a relatively easy victory. It is the 3rd straight event in 2009 that a Busch brother has gone to victory lane.
03-23-2013, 01:23 AM #23
Today in Nascar History March 23rd:
Winners on this date: Buck Baker, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Dale Jarrett, and Kurt Busch.
March 23rd, 2003: Young gun Kurt Busch continues his Bristol dominance and repeats as the winner of the Spring race at Bristol in dominating fashion.
03-24-2013, 12:17 AM #24
Today in Nascar History March 24th:
Winners on this date: Buck Baker, Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch.
March 24th, 1970: Buddy Baker becomes the first man to break 200 mph in a stock car on a closed course during a Goodyear tire test at Talladega.
March 24th, 2002: Young gun Kurt Busch scores his 1st career win in controversial fashion as he muscles Jimmy Spencer out of the lead late in the going to take the checkers at Bristol.
March 24th, 2013: In a spectacular and wild race at Auto Club Speedway Kyle Busch scores the first victory for Toyota at the facility and completes a sweep of the weekend. Busch’s 25th career win happens largely due to the last lap duel between newfound rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, who end up wrecking eachother in a wild melee out of turn 4 on the final lap which sends Hamlin to the hospital. Logano also draws the ire of Tony Stewart who goes after him post-race much to the delight of the California fans.
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03-25-2013, 02:47 AM #25
Today in Nascar History March 25th:
Winners on this date: Buck Baker, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Busch, and Tony Stewart.
March 25th, 1973: Cale Yarborough drives his #11 Chevy to a crushing victory at Bristol. Cale destroys the competition, leading all 500 laps of the event.
March 23rd, 2001: Young gun Elliott Sadler uses brilliant strategy and holds off John Andretti for the win at Bristol in a classic old school battle of #21 vs. #43. Sadler comes from 38th on the grid and it is his 1st career Cup Series win. It is also the first win for the Wood Brothers since 1993.
March 25th, 2007: Kyle Busch holds off Jeff Burton to win at Bristol. It is the first race for Nascar's brand new Car of Tomorrow or COT racecar, a car with more safety features and a wing on the back instead of a spoiler. Busch says they suck in victory lane.
March 25th, 2012: Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch set a blistering pace at Fontana and Stewart outraces the rain to claim his 2nd win of the year and his 2nd at the track. The race is rain shortened at 129 laps and its only caution is for the rain shower.
03-26-2013, 02:53 AM #26
Today in Nascar History March 26th:
Winners on this date: Fonty Flock, Bob Burdick, Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace (2 times), Sterling Marlin, and Kurt Busch.
March 26th, 1955: Fonty Flock takes the victory in the 100 mile event at Columbia, SC. He drives a Chevrolet to victory, the first for the nameplate in Nascar's main series.
March 26th, 1961: Relative unknown driver Bob Burdick surprises everyone by winning at Atlanta. It is the young driver's first career win.
March 26th, 1972: Bobby Allison drives to victory in the Atlanta 500. It is the first superspeedway win for the Chevy nameplate since 1963.
March 26th, 2006: Kurt Busch scores another win at Bristol after bumping Matt Kenseth out of the way late in the going. It is Busch's first victory for new car owner Roger Penske. (this was the race where Kenseth spun Gordon out and Gordon pushed him post-race and got a penalty for it)
March 26th, 2013: Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing announce that the driver will miss at least six weeks after suffering a compression fracture in his back during his last lap accident at California Speedway. Hamlin's consecutive start streak comes to an end at 264.
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03-27-2013, 02:18 AM #27
Today in Nascar History March 27th:
Winners on this date: Fonty Flock, Jim Paschal, Lee Petty, Jim Hurtibise, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough (2 times), Lake Speed, Dale Earnhardt, and Kevin Harvick.
March 27th, 1949: Fonty Flock wins at North Wilkesboro. It is his 4th victory in a row for the 1949 season.
March 27th, 1960: Lee Petty wins at North Wilkesboro after knocking Junior Johnson out of the way with 14 laps to go. As Petty celebrates in victory lane on the frontstretch, irate fans pelt him with rocks and other assorted items from the grandstand. The win is Petty's 49th of his career, making him the winningest driver in Nascar history to that point.
March 27th, 1994: The man in black tames the Lady in Black for a 9th time as Dale Earnhardt scores another victory at Darlington. It leaves him 1 short of the Silver Fox David Pearson for all-time career victories at the track "too tough to tame"
March 27th, 2011: After a dull afternoon which sees the 18 car of Kyle Busch dominate much of the event, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick make a furious charge after a late race restart to battle Busch for the win. Harvick emerges victorious, passing Johnson in turn 3 on the final lap to score a dramatic victory.
03-28-2013, 12:46 AM #28
Today in Nascar History March 28th:
Winners on this date: Al Keller, David Pearson (2 times), Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt, Terry Labonte, and Kurt Busch.
March 28th, 1993: Dale Earnhardt wins at Darlington, ending a 10 month winless streak. Alan Kulwicki finishes 6th in what is to be the last race of his career.
March 28th, 1999: Terry Labonte holds off Dale Jarrett to take a popular home state victory at the Texas Motor Speedway.
March 28th, 2004: Kurt Busch holds onto the lead through a few late race restarts and avoids the carnage to score another Bristol victory.
03-29-2013, 01:13 AM #29
Today in Nascar History March 29th:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas, Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin.
March 29th, 1959: Junior Johnson wins the 100 mile race at Wilson, NC. An hour before the event the wooden grandstand catches on fire and burns to the ground. The 8000 in attendance watch standing up along the fence.
March 29th, 1992: Bill Elliott continues his hot start in 1992 by winning at Darlington. It is his 4th win in a row and he has won 4 of the first 5 races of the season.
March 29th, 2009: Jimmie Johnson roots Denny Hamlin out of the lead late in the going and goes on to score another Martinsville victory.
March 29th, 2010: Denny Hamlin comes from 8th to 1st in a crazy final 5 laps at Martinsville to win his 3rd career race at the paperclip. Hamlin comes in to pit with 9 laps to go while leading and the rest of the leaders stay out, but when Matt Kenseth hits Jeff Gordon on the Green White Checker restart, Hamlin and JGR teammate Joey Logano take advantage-scoring a 1-2 finish.
03-30-2013, 02:06 AM #30
Today in Nascar History March 30th:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas, Jim Reed, Marvin Panch, Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt, Ryan Newman, and Denny Hamlin.
March 30th, 1969: Cale Yarborough leads 308 of the 334 laps and completely dominates in route to victory at Atlanta.
March 30th, 2008: On a misty, cloudy day in Martinsville, Denny Hamlin outruns the field to score a home state victory and his first Grandfather Clock.