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03-31-2017, 08:07 PM
Before 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,
, yahoo sports, getty images, and google image search for the pictures.

Today in Nascar History April 1st:

Iím sure some good April fools jokes have been played in Nascar on this day.

Winners on this date: Curtis Turner, Emanuel Zervakis, Rex White, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt (2 times), Darrell Waltrip, Dale Jarrett, Jimmie Johnson, and Ryan Newman.

April 1st, 1951: Curtis Turner wins the big 150 lapper at Charlotte driving a Nash Ambassador. Bill Holland survives a wild end over end crash late in the event.


April 1st, 1979: A young, brash, and talented rookie named Dale Earnhardt passes Darrell Waltrip with 27 laps remaining and goes on to win the 500 lapper at Bristol, his first career Cup victory.


April 1st, 1984: Darrell Waltrip once again dominates at Bristol, giving car owner Junior Johnson his 8th consecutive win at the bullring.


April 1st, 1990: Dale Earnhardt beats Mark Martin to the line to win at Darlington. Neil Bonnett is injured in a hard wreck during the event. He suffers a major concussion and memory loss.


April 1st, 1993: Defending Cup Series Champion Alan Kulwicki dies in a plane crash in Tennessee. Kulwicki was on his way to compete at Bristol that weekend. Kulwicki's hauler does a tribute polish victory lap in his honor and race winner Rusty Wallace repeats the gesture of tribute.


April 1st, 2007: Jimmie Johnson out-duels teammate Jeff Gordon in a thrilling finish to win at Martinsville. Gordon repeatedly hits Johnson but does not wreck him during the closing laps. On the final lap Gordon finally gets alongside Johnson, but it is too little too late as he loses in a drag race to the start finish line.


April 1st, 2012: Ryan Newman scores an unlikely win at Martinsville after a Green-White-Checkered restart results in chaos and the dominant cars of the day in Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are wiped out in the melee. Newman takes advantage and holds off AJ Allmendinger for the victory.



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04-01-2017, 09:10 PM
Today in Nascar History April 2nd:

Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Cotton Owens, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Harry Gant, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, and Brad Keselowski.

April 2nd, 1967: Cale Yarborough scores his first career superspeedway win in dominating fashion by leading 301 of the 334 laps to win at Atlanta.


April 2nd, 1989: Harry Gant ends a long winless drought by scoring the victory at Darlington. It is his 10th career Cup Series triumph.


April 2nd, 1995: Young gun Jeff Gordon continues his torrid start to the 1995 season by winning at Bristol. It gives Gordon his 3rd win in the first 6 races of the season.


April 2nd, 2000: Rookie and 3rd generation driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominates in Texas and scores his first career Cup Series victory.


April 2nd, 2006: Tony Stewart holds off Jimmie Johnson in a battle of the home improvement stores to score the win at Martinsville.


April 2nd, 2017: Brad Keselowski bests Kyle Busch in a late race battle to take his 1st career win at Martinsville Speedway. Keselowski's 2nd win of the season is the first for Ford since 2002 and Penske Racing since 2004 at the famed paperclip.

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04-03-2017, 08:17 PM
Today in Nascar (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campid=5337798908&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%2Fi.html%3F_nkw%3D nascar) History April 3rd:

Winners on this date: Buck Baker, John Rostek, Rex White, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac, Darrell Waltrip, Kevin Harvick (2 times), and Kyle Busch.

April 3rd, 1977: Darrell Waltrip passes David Pearson, Richard Petty, and Donnie Allison on the last lap for the win at Darlington as they slow for a crash in turn 4-DW keeps his foot in it and beats them to the flag in his car named Bertha.


April 3rd, 2005: Kevin Harvick holds off Elliott Sadler to win a wild one at Bristol. Many top contenders are claimed by the treacherous high banks during the event.


April 3rd, 2011: Kevin Harvick passes Dale Earnhardt Jr. late in the race at Martinsville to score his 2nd straight victory in 2011 and his very first in the Cup Series at the Paperclip. Dale Jr. and Harvick both pass the dominant car of Kyle Busch late in the race and duel amongst themselves for the win. The race sees a record number of lead changes for a Martinsville event and it is also the first race there in the last 9 races held at the track in which Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson did not win.


April 3rd, 2016: Kyle Busch dominates at Martinsville leading 300 plus laps en route to his first cup win at the Paperclip. The win completes a weekend sweep for Kyle.

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04-03-2017, 08:25 PM
Today in Nascar History April 4th:

Winners on this date: Fonty Flock, Dick Rathmann, Jack Smith, Ned Jarrett, AJ Foyt, Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, and Elliott Sadler.

April 4th, 1948: Fonty Flock drives his Ford to victory at Macon Speedway in Georgia from the pole.


April 4th, 1971: A.J. Foyt drives his Mercury to the win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


April 4th, 1982: Dale Earnhardt ends an 18 month winless streak by winning the Rebel 500 at Darlington-it was his first career win in a Ford.


April 4th, 2004: Elliott Sadler holds off Kasey Kahne in an epic final lap duel to win at Texas.

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April 4th, 2008: Michael McDowell survives one of the worst wrecks in Nascar history during his qualifying attempt for the Samsung 500. Thanks to the many safety advancements made by the sport McDowell walks away uninjured.


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04-04-2017, 07:37 PM
Today in Nascar History April 5th:

Winners on this date: Dick Passwater, Bob Welborn, Lee Petty, Rex White, Fred Lorenzen, Donnie Allison, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, and Jeff Gordon.

April 5th, 1953: Dick Passwater wins in an upset at Charlotte Speedway (this isnít Charlotte Motor Speedway and yes that is the manís real name).


April 5th, 1981: Richard Petty beats Dave Marcis to record his 15th career win at North Wilkesboro Speedway.


April 5th, 1992: The late Alan Kulwicki takes the Food City 500 at Bristol.


April 5th, 1998: Mark Martin passes Roush teammate Chad Little to win at Texas in an event dominated by Roush Racing cars. Many of the other top contenders were taken out in a huge wreck on lap 2 of the event.

April 5th, 2009: Jeff Gordon ends a long winless drought by finally winning at Texas in his 17th start at the Speedway.


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04-05-2017, 10:51 PM
Today in Nascar History April 6th:

Winners on this date: Dick Rathmann, Richard Petty (2 times), Bobby Isaac, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Carl Edwards.

April 6th, 1985: Dale Earnhardt loses his power steering early on at Bristol but still manhandles his car to victory.


April 6th, 1986: Rusty Wallace, driving the Alligard #27, beats Ricky Rudd to score his 1st ever career win at Bristol-a track he would have great success at over the course of his career.

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April 6th, 1997: Jeff Burton scores his first career victory in the inaugural race at Texas Motor Speedway. The race featured several big crashes-including a lap 1 turn 1 melee.

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April 6th, 2003: After getting involved in a HUGE multi car crash early which started when Ryan Newman blew a tire in turn 2, Dale Earnhardt Jr. rallies all the way from the back to win at Talladega (this was the infamous "he went below the yellow line race")

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April 6th, 2008: Carl Edwards continues the Roush dominance at Texas by dominating at the Great American Speedway en route to his 2nd career win at the track.


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04-07-2017, 10:18 PM
Today in Nascar History April 7th:

Winners on this date: David Pearson (2 times), Richard Petty, Fireball Roberts, Joe Weatherly, Ricky Rudd, and Jimmie Johnson.

April 7th, 1966: Ford announced that its factory teams will boycott the Nascar Grand National Season in a dispute over engine rules, as David Pearson takes the 100 miler in Columbia, SC.


April 7th, 1974: David Pearson takes another win at Darlington.


April 7th, 1990: Michael Waltrip survives an atrocious wreck in the Grand National race at Bristol. Waltripís car blows a tire and hits the unsecured entrance gate off of turn 2 causing his car to disintegrate. Miraculously Waltrip is unhurt.


April 7th, 1991: Ricky Rudd takes his only win of 1991 driving Rick Hendrickís #5 Tide car to the win at Darlington.

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April 7th, 2013: Jimmie Johnson destroys the field leading over 350 laps en route to his 8th victory at Martinsville, putting him alone in 3rd on the all-time wins list at the track.


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04-07-2017, 10:28 PM
Today in Nascar History April 8th:

Winners on this date:Tim Flock (2 times), Richard Petty (2 times), Marshall Teague, Bobby Isaac, Darrell Waltrip, Tim Richmond, Davey Allison, Dale Jarrett, and Matt Kenseth.

April 8th, 1951: Marhsall Teague wins the first ever Nascar Grand National (Cup) race on the West Coast in Gardena, CA in his Hudson Hornet while Tim Flock won a Grand National race in Mobile, AL the same day-and you thought the point system is messed up now. Another interesting tidbit from this event-Frank Mundy drove a rental car to an 11th place finish in the California race and won 25 dollars, then returned the car to the rental place after dark so they wouldnít notice he ruined the tires.


April 8th, 1956: Tim Flock wins at North Wilkesboro and then suddenly quits the powerhouse Kiekhaefer team.


April 8th, 1979: Darrell Waltrip beats Richard Petty in an epic last lap duel at Darlington-the 2 swap the lead at least 4 times on the last lap before Waltrip prevails-after the race David Pearson is released by the famed Wood Brothers #21 team.


April 8th, 1990: Davey Allison beats Mark Martin to the line in a photo finish at Bristol.


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April 8th, 2001: Dale Jarrett and Yates racing teammate Ricky Rudd battle in the final laps for the win at Martinsville before Jarrett prevails for the victory.

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April 8th, 2002: Matt Kenseth comes from tailback on the field to easily win at Texas.

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April 8th, 2011: Carl Edwards wins the Nationwide Series Event at Texas in a Ford Mustang, the first ever for the Ford brand name in Nascar (similar body styles had won previously in the 1960ís in the Cup Series but they were Ford Torino
Cobras, not Mustangs)


race crazy
04-08-2017, 09:13 PM
Today in Nascar History April 9th:

Winners on this date: Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons, Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson.

April 9th, 1961: Fast Freddy Lorenzen takes his 1st career Nascar win in the Virginia 500 at Martinsville. The race is only 149 laps in when rain comes, and Nascar decides to count it as final.


April 9th, 1995-Dale Earnhardt takes the win at North Wilkesboro-this picture was taken during pre race festivities.


April 9th, 2006: Kasey Kahne wins at Texas-but the race was more memorable for the Greg Biffle/Kurt Busch crash and subsequent girlfriends (now ex-wife and ex-wife) catfight in the pits.


April 9th, 2011: Matt Kenseth obliterates the field in the first night race at Texas, winning by almost 10 seconds over Clint Bowyer. It snaps a 76 race winless drought for the driver of the #17.


April 9th, 2016: The dominant cars of Martin Truex Jr and Carl Edwards falter late in the race at Texas, allowing Kyle Busch to take advantage and score the victory, his 2nd in a row and 4th consecutive Nascar national series win.

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April 9th, 2017: After some early season struggles Jimmie Johnson surges to the front on Texas Motor Speedway's newly repaved surface and holds off a hard charging Kyle Larson to score his 7th victory at the speedway and the 81st of his storied career.

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04-09-2017, 09:05 PM
Today in Nascar History April 10th:

Winners on this date-Speedy Thompson, Richard Petty, Bobby Isaac, Harry Gant, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and Ryan Newman.

April 10th, 1971: Bobby Isaac wins the 100 miler at Greenville Pickens Speedway-the race is televised flag to flag on ABC sports.

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April 10th, 1983: Handsome Harry Gant passes Darrell Waltrip with a few laps to go at Darlington to win.

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April 10th, 1988: After being spun out by Geoff Bodine, Bill Elliott comes roaring back to take the win at Bristol. It is his first career short track win.

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April 10th, 1994: Dale Earnhardt survives the Bristol mayhem to win at the bullring.

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April 10th, 2005: Jeff Gordon wins at Martinsville adding to his Grandfather Clock total.

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April 10th, 2010: Ryan Newman uses a late race caution to his advantage as the dominant cars of Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch take 4 tires while he plays a 2 tire strategy to win at Phoenix and end a long winless drought. Newman's win is the first for him since his Daytona 500 triumph in 2008, the first for him at Stewart-Haas Racing, and the first win for a car #39 in Nascar history.


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04-10-2017, 07:53 PM
Today in Nascar History April 11th:

Winners on this date: Bob Flock, Marvin Panch (2 times), David Pearson (2 times), and Rusty Wallace.

April 11th, 1948: Bob Flock of the famous Flock racing family takes the win on the Augusta, GA short track.


April 11th, 1999: Rusty Wallace wins at Bristol to score his 50th career victory.


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04-11-2017, 08:05 PM
Today In Nascar History April 12th:

Winners on this date: Buck Baker, Speedy Thompson, David Pearson, Pete Hamilton, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison, and Jimmie Johnson.

April 12th, 1952: Buck Baker wins at Columbia, SC and Lee Petty takes the points lead, but the real what? moment from this race-E.C. Ramsey crashed into a passenger car that attempted to cross the track DURING THE RACE!-both cars were damaged badly-Nascarís come a long way.


April 12th, 1970: Pete Hamilton takes the win at Talladega in his winged Petty Enterprises Superbird. The 2nd half of the race is televised by ABC.


April 12th, 1987: Dale Earnhardt boots Sterling Marlin out of the way to win at Bristol.


April 12th, 2008: After getting off to a slow start in 2008, 2-time defending champ Jimmie Johnson takes the win on a fuel economy run at Phoenix.

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04-13-2017, 07:01 PM
Today in Nascar History April 13th:

Winners on this date-Curtis Turner, Ned Jarrett, Buck Baker, Richard Petty, David Pearson (2 times), Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon (2 times).

April 13th, 1958: Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly finish 1-2 at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta in Holman Moody Fords.


April 13th, 1975: Bobby Allison comes from 2 laps behind with 40 laps to go to win at Darlington. Allison beats Darrell Waltrip to the line by a car length or so in his famed red, white, and blue matador.


April 13th, 1980: David Pearson is out front at Darlington driving his 1st race for Hoss Ellington in a Chevy when it rains, giving Pearson his 105th and final career Cup Series victory.


April 13th, 1997: Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace engage in a last lap duel after avoiding 20 cautions at Bristol-Gordon knocks Wallace out of the way to win (Iím sure a lot of you remember this one).

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April 13th, 2003: Jeff Gordon dominates once again at Martinsville in route to victory.

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04-13-2017, 07:14 PM
Today in Nascar History April 14th:

Winners on this date: Fireball Roberts, Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, Bobby Labonte, and Greg Biffle.

April 14th, 1991: Rusty Wallace holds of Ernie Irvan in a spirited battle at Bristol to take the win-earlier in the race Sterling Marlin survives a fiery crash after blowing a tire.

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April 14th, 1996: Terry Labonte ties Richard Petty's consecutive start record of 513 races at North Wilkesboro-and wins both the pole and the race to cap it off.

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April 14th, 2002: Bobby Labonte takes the first short track win of his career at Martinsville-Kenny Wallace subs for a suspended Kevin Harvick in the 29 car.

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April 14th, 2012: Greg Biffle passes Jimmie Johnson to win a tame and record average speed-setting race at Texas Motor Speedway. It is Biffle's first win in 49 races breaking a long dry spell.


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04-14-2017, 09:30 PM
Today in Nascar History April 15th:

Winners on this date: Fonty Flock, Joe Weatherly, Richard Petty (2 times), Jim Paschal, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Burton.

April 15th, 1973: David Pearson dominates at Darlington and wins the Rebel 500 by 13 LAPS!!!!


April 15th, 1984: Darrell Waltrip cruises to victory in the Budweiser #11 at Darlington.

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April 15th, 2007: Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth engage in a terrific duel in the final laps as Burton prevails at Texas-the race also features a lap 1 melee and a Dale Jr./Kyle Busch wreck on the frontstretch-afterwards Busch left the track and Jr. jumped in his car.....a sign of things to come.

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04-16-2017, 12:06 AM
Today in Nascar History April 16th:

Winners on this date: Curtis Turner, Rex White, Ned Jarrett, Darel Dieringer, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon.

April 16th, 1972: David Pearson passes Richard Petty and wins the Rebel 400 at Darlington in his very first start in the #21 Wood Brothers Car.


April 16th, 1989: Dale Earnhardt pulls away to win at North Wilkesboro-it is the first race in which Goodyear uses its new radial tire in the Cup Series compared to the bias plys in the past (we've used radials ever since).

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April 16th, 2000: Jeff Gordon starts 36th at Talladega but makes his way through the pack to win. It is his 50th career victory.

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04-16-2017, 08:58 PM
Today in Nascar History April 17th:

Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Joe Weatherly, Dick Hutcherson, Jim Paschal, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Terry Labonte (2 times), Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards.

April 17th, 1952: Marshall Teague, the Grand National series points leader, is stripped of all his points when he quits Nascar and joins the AAA tour rivals.


April 17th, 1965: Rookie Dick Hutcherson takes his first ever career win in the race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.


April 17th, 2005: Greg Biffle dominates at Texas in route to another Roush victory at the track as 3 Ganassi cars finish in the top 5 spots.

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April 17th, 2011: On a record-tying day in Talladega, Jimmie Johnson edges out Clint Bowyer in a thrilling finish which sees the top 8 cars tango draft for the win coming to the line. The race ties the number for a record amount of lead changes in Nascar history (88-set at the same race in 2010) and for closest margin of victory since the electronic timing era (.002 seconds-tying Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch in 2003 at Darlington).



April 17th, 2016: Carl Edwards dominates from the pole in Bristol leading 276 of the 500 laps in route to his 4th career victory in Thunder Valley.

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04-17-2017, 08:44 PM
Today in Nascar History April 18th:

Winners on this date: Skimp Hersey, Herb Thomas, Curtis Turner, Glen Wood, Junior Johnson, Bobby Isaac, Richard Petty (2 times), Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace (2 times), John Andretti, and Mark Martin.
April 18th, 1948: Skimp Hersey wins his only career Nascar race in the modified division. He would unfortunately lose his life in 1950 after a crash at Lakewood Speedway.


April 18th, 1970: Richard Petty dominates at North Wilkesboro-the 2nd half of the race is televised by ABC and Petty leads the whole broadcast.

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April 18th, 1999: John Andretti, driving the #43 car for the King Richard Petty, takes his 2nd career win by taking the checkers at Martinsville.

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April 18th, 2004: Rusty Wallace takes his 55th and last career victory by winning at Martinsville after the dominant car of Jeff Gordon clobbers a piece of concrete that comes up out of the racetrack effectively ruining his shot at victory.

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April 18th, 2009: Mark Martin breaks a 4 year drought with a win at Phoenix. He becomes the first 50 year-old plus driver to win since Morgan Shepard at Atlanta in 1993. It is also his first win for a car owner besides Jack Roush.

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04-18-2017, 07:19 PM
Today in Nascar History April 19th: <br />
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Winners on this date: Lee Petty, Fireball Roberts, Ned Jarrett, Fred Lorenzen, and Denny Hamlin. <br />
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04-19-2017, 07:26 PM
Today in Nascar History April 20th:

Winners on this date: Bill Blair, Bob Welborn, Cotten Owens, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and Bobby Hamilton.

April 20th, 1998: Bobby Hamilton dominates at Martinsville leading most of the laps and cruising to over a 6 second victory. It is his 3rd career win.


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04-20-2017, 10:58 PM
Today In Nascar History April 21st:

Winners on this date: Jack Smith, Richard Petty (2 times), David Pearson, Neil Bonnett, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon.

April 21st, 1968: David Pearson wins at North Wilkesboro. Seventeen cars are eliminated by engine failure! (Talk about reliability issues)


April 21st, 1974: Richard Petty wins at North Wilkesboro using a smaller engine in his Dodge. Nascar permits the smaller engines to run without restrictor plates while the big 426-429 engines have to use one. It obviously gives the smaller engine the advantage.


April 21st, 1991: Darrell Waltrip wins at North Wilkesboro to end a 19 month winless streak.

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April 21st, 2002: Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads a DEI 1-2 at Talladega and avoids a 24 car wreck on the backstretch to win.

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April 21st, 2007: Jeff Gordon beats Tony Stewart to take his first career win at Phoenix International Raceway. The win also ties him with Dale Earnhardt for career victories and Gordon honors the great champion by taking a big 3 flag for a victory lap.


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04-21-2017, 07:33 PM
Today in Nascar History April 22nd:

Winners on this date: Marshall Teague, Buck Baker, Junior Johnson, Richard Petty (2 times), Brett Bodine, Bobby Hamilton, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin.

April 22nd, 1990: Brett Bodine drives Kenny Bernstein's #26 car to the win at North Wilkesboro-it is Bodine's 1st and only career victory. (There was some controversy with this race as to whether or not Bodine was leading-the timing and scoring got screwed up under green flag pit stops when a yellow came out-this race was a big part in having electronic scoring two years later)

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April 22nd, 2001: Bobby Hamilton takes the lead from Tony Stewart to win a caution free race at Talladega. The average speed is over 184 mph.

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April 22nd, 2006: Kevin Harvick passes Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle in the late laps to win at Phoenix.

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April 22nd, 2012: Denny Hamlin runs down and passes the dominant car of the day in Martin Truex Jr. late in the going to win at Kansas. It is the last race before the track is reconfigured and repaved.


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04-22-2017, 11:11 PM
Today in Nascar History April 23rd:

Winners on this date: Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty (3 times), Rex White, Darrell Waltrip (2 times), Rusty Wallace, and Kurt Busch.

April 23rd, 1989: Darrell Waltrip takes the #17 Tide Ride to the win at Martinsville.

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April 23rd, 2005: Kurt Busch holds off a last ditch effort by Michael Waltrip to take the win in Phoenix.


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04-23-2017, 07:56 PM
Today in Nascar History April 24th:

Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Lee Petty, Jim Paschal, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Carl Edwards, and Jimmie Johnson.

April 24th, 2016: In the first day race at Richmond since 1997, Carl Edwards hunts down teammate Kyle Busch on the final lap and boots him out of the way in turn 4 to score the victory, his 2nd straight of the season and 2nd at the Virginia track. It is the first final lap pass for the win in the history of Richmond International Raceway.


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April 24th, 2017: Jimmie Johnson holds off Clint Bowyer to take the victory in a super competitive Monday race at Bristol. Johnson's 82nd career win is his 2nd in a row in 2017 and the 2nd at the famed Tennessee half mile.

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04-25-2017, 07:27 PM
Today in Nascar History April 25th: <br />
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Winners on this date: Red Byron, Gober Sosebee, Frankie Schneider, Fred Lorenzen, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Harry Gant, Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt,...

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04-25-2017, 07:36 PM
Today in Nascar History April 26th:

Winners on this date: Dick Rathmann, Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Morgan Shepherd, Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, and Brad Keselowski.

April 26th, 1981: Morgan Shepherd, then a rookie cup driver, takes the win in an upset at Martinsville. It is Pontiac's first win in cup since 1963.


April 26th, 1998: Bobby Labonte survives to win at Talladega. Carnage ensues when the big one happens on the front stretch. Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt take the worst of the monster wreck.


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April 26th, 2009: Brad Keselowski takes his first career victory driving for the underdog 09 team in a shocker of an upset win at Talladega after colliding with Carl Edwards coming to the checkers-Edwardsí car goes airborne and into the catch fencing injuring 8 fans in a spectacular wreck. Edwards then proceeds to do his Ricky Bobby impression and sprints across the line himself to the delight of the fans. Edwardsí wild ride is the last of the 3 huge wrecks that mar the race-one of the craziest Talladega races of all time.



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04-26-2017, 10:30 PM
Today in Nascar History April 27th:

Winners on this date: Herb Thomas, Marvin Panch, Jim Reed, Richard Petty (2 times), Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch.

April 27th, 1969: Richard Petty wins at Martinsville-James Hylton helps Petty relief drive during the race and Petty finishes it.

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April 27th, 1980: Darrell Waltrip comes from 4 laps behind to win at Martinsville.

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April 27th, 1997: Mark Martin wins a caution free race at Talladega-the average speed of 188.354 mph for the race remains the fastest in Nascar History.


April 27th, 2008: Kyle Busch holds off Juan Pablo Montoya as the wreck unfolds behind them on the final lap giving Busch the win at Talladega.

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04-27-2017, 07:24 PM
Today in Nascar History April 28th:

Winners on this date: Paul Goldsmith, Art Watts, Richard Petty, Tiny Lund, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough (2 times), Harry Gant, Dale Earnhardt, Sterling Marlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Kyle Busch.

April 28th, 1996: Sterling Marlin wins at Talladega in a wild event-Bill Elliott breaks his leg after a wild airborne wreck on the backstretch while later on Ricky Craven survives one of the worst big ones all time when his car tumbles up the banking and into the catch fence before slamming back down to earth.



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April 28th, 2002: Jimmie Johnson takes the lead from Kurt Busch late in the going at California and takes his first career cup win. The rookie does it in only his 13th career start. This race also featured a vicious crash between Dale Jr. and Kevin Harvick.


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April 28th, 2012: Kyle Busch takes advantage of a controversial restart black flag on the dominant car of Carl Edwards and of a late race caution to pass Tony Stewart on the restart and goes on to take his 4th consecutive spring race victory at Richmond.


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04-28-2017, 08:12 PM
Today in Nascar History April 29th:

Winners on this date: Fonty Flock, Buck Baker, Bobby Johns, David Pearson, Geoff Bodine (2 times), Rusty Wallace, and Jeff Gordon.

April 5th, 1984: Geoff Bodine driving Rick Hendrick's #5 car takes the win at Martinsville-it is Bodine's 1st career win as well as car owner Hendrick's in the teams 8th start.

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April 29th, 2001: Rusty Wallace holds off Jeff Gordon to win at California and salutes his late friend Dale Earnhardt on his birthday by carrying a flag for a victory lap.


April 29th, 2007: Jeff Gordon breaks his career win tie with Dale Earnhardt by winning on the Intimidator's birthday at Talladega-the Alabama faithful are none too happy with Gordon surpassing Earnhardt's win total.


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04-30-2017, 10:48 AM
Today in Nascar History April 30th:

Winners on this date: Junior Johnson, Richard Petty (4 times), Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano.

April 30th, 1966: Richard Petty wins at Darlington to a tiny crowd of 7000 spectators and 5000 boy scouts who were let in for free. Petty’s competition is diminished greatly by Ford’s boycott (the reason for less fans) and he wins by over 3 laps.

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April 30th, 1995: Mark Martin holds off Jeff Gordon to win at Talladega as Dale Earnhardt is spun on the last lap by Morgan Shepherd while in 3rd.


April 30th, 2000: Jeremy Mayfield scores a win for Roger Penske at one of Penske's tracks, California Speedway.


April 30th, 2011: Kyle Busch leads another JGR stomping at Richmond as he and teammate Denny Hamlin dominate much of the race and finish 1-2. Busch's win is his 3rd straight in the Spring event at Richmond.


April 30th, 2017: Joey Logano uses a bit of strategy as the yellows fly late on a hot day in Richmond to hold off Penske teammate Brad Keselowski and take his 1st victory of 2017. The win comes in Logano's 300th Cup start.

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