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    Today in Nascar History January

    Today in Nascar History January 1st:

    Happy New Year!

    First off this is all of the stuff that happened in January that does not have a date verified for it-quite a bit actually.

    January 1947: Bill France makes the announcement that he will control a series of Stock Car Races under the NCSCC banner-or National Championship Stock Car Circuit.

    January 1950: Nascar's strictly stock late model division is renamed the Grand National division.

    January 1951: Bill France announces that the Grand National division will venture west to new venues in California.

    January 1972: Nascar announces the season will be reduced to only 30 races, with events having to be at least 250 miles in length to be on the schedule.

    January 1975: Nascar announces another new points system, the 4th different one in the past 5 seasons. Now each race on the calendar carries an equal points value, something that still stands today with our current point standings.

    January 1979: CBS Sports prepares to televise the Daytona 500 live flag to flag in February. It will be the first time a Nascar event will be televised live in its entirety on a major network.

    January 1986: Nascar changes the names of its top division and its 2nd tier division. Grand National is dropped from the top series and given to the old late model sportsman division. The top series is now known by its title sponsor, as the Winston Cup Series, while the 2nd tier series is referred to as the Busch Grand National Series.

    January 1st, 1965: Nascar implements new rules that basically eliminate the Chrysler Hemi engine that was run with much success in Plymouths and Dodges in 1964. Chrysler in turn announces it will boycott all Nascar races in 1965.


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    Today in Nascar History January 21st:

    Winners on this date: Dan Gurney and Mark Donohue.

    January 21st, 1973: Penske driving ace Mark Donohue takes a surprising victory in the season opening 500 miler at Riverside. Donohue's first career Cup win comes in only his 5th start, driving a Matador.



    January 21st, 2010: Nascar announces a few new rules for 2010 including a move back to the rear spoiler replacing the wing and allowing drivers to bump draft with no guidelines at Daytona and Talladega. Also a bigger restrictor plate will be used at the restrictor plate events. This was also the Press Conference with “Boys Have at It” LOL


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    Today in Nascar History January 22nd:

    Winners on this date: Buck Baker, Parnelli Jones, and Cale Yarborough.

    January 22nd, 1978: Cale Yarborough beats Benny Parsons to win the 1978 season opener at Riverside. Yarborough's win comes in an Oldsmobile, the first for the make since 1959.


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    Today in Nascar History January 23rd:

    Winners on this date: Dan Gurney and Richard Petty.

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    Today in Nascar History January 24th:

    Winners on this date: Nobody

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    Today in Nascar History January 25th:

    Winners on this date: Nobody.

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    Today in Nascar History January 26th:

    Winners on this date: Nobody.

    January 26th, 1947: Red Byron wins the inaugural NCSCC event, held on the Daytona Beach Road Course.



    January 26th, 2011: Nascar announces a change to its points system, the first since the mid 1970's. Under the new system drivers receive 43 points for a win while last place will score 1 point. Nascar also changes the qualifications for the final two spots for the Chase-giving them to the 2 drivers who have the most wins who are 11th-20th in points at the cutoff. The qualifying rules are also slightly changed basing the order in the event of a rainout on final practice speeds and the qualifying lineup being put in order from slowest to fastest.


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    Today in Nascar History January 27th:

    Winners on this date: Nobody.

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    Today in Nascar History January 28th:

    Winners on this date: Nobody.

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    Today in Nascar History January 29th:

    Winners on this date: Nobody.

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    Today in Nascar History January 30th:

    Winners on this date: Nobody.

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