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2020 Busch ClashDaytona Beach, Florida 2020 Busch ClashAt Daytona for the Busch Clash (75 laps, 187 miles), the race comes to a Gibbs Toyota under Erik Jones in 1:37:51 (average 134.9 mph), .697 seconds ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Austin Dillon. A relatively mundane race turns chaotic with less than ten laps remaining after a block by race leader Joey Logano of Penske on Kyle Busch of Gibbs brings the grid to a grinding halt. An ensuing crash on the restart triggered by Kevin Harvick brings on a set of G-W-C sessions that subsequently eliminates Chase Elliott of Hendrick. During the third G-W-c session, Kyle Larsen of Ganassi seemingly holds matters in hand with his brash pass of race leader Jones on the approach to the white, yet Hamlin, down a lap, tucks in behind Jones on the final circuit backstretch and shoves his teammate past the remaining four cars all the way around for a stunning cross in the season opener. Photo Credit: FOX Sports.
2020 LXII Daytona 500Daytona Beach, Florida 2020 LXII Daytona 500At Daytona for the 500 in February, a Gibbs Toyota TRD takes race honors under Denny Hamlin (US) in 3:42:10 (average 141.11 mph), under a second (.014) ahead of a Ford driven by Ryan Blaney. After heavy rains force NASCAR to run the classic event on Monday afternoon, the race holds to standard form until only seventeen laps remain and Joey Logano (Penske Ford) shoves Aric Almirola (SHR Ford) in the rear, triggering a multi-car crash that eliminates many contenders from the race. Ryan Newman (Roush Ford) wins the restart and faces a strong challenge from Hamlin until Ross Chastain (Spire Chevrolet) triggers another multi-car shunt with only two laps remaining, nudging the race into a G-W-C condition. Newman and Hamlin battle through the first G-W-C, yet in the succeeding G-W-C session, Hamlin manages to briefly gap the chasing field before Newman and Brady hook up nose-to-tail on the backstretch and run down Hamlin on the final circuit to the flag. Ever game Hamlin tucks in behind and pushes Blaney through Turn 3 to close in on Newman, and as the triad enter the tri-oval for the last time, race leader Newman and Blaney veer low on the banking while Hamlin remains high up against the wall. Blaney tucks in to push Newman over the line, yet the contact turns Newman into the outer wall. The contact slows Blaney just enough to allow Hamlin to narrowly nose out the former at the wire by a fraction of a second, earning Hamlin his second consecutive and third overall victory at the Beach in February. Matters get only worse for Newman, who soars into the air after hitting the outer wall just before struck from behind at high speed by Corey LaJoie (St. Hilaire Ford). Newman flips in the air, crashes hard upside down on his roof, and hearts around the racing world stutter as a shroud of flames engulfs the driver cab. Track officials must cut Newman free from his entry before rushing the stunned driver to a Daytona Beach hospital, and all exhale a sigh of relief after learning of his release from the facility two days later. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Quaker State 400Sparta, Kentucky Quaker State 400At Kentucky for the 400 Miler in July, a Stewart Haas Ford driven by Cole Custer (US) wins in 2:59:49 (average 133.64 mph), under a second (.271) ahead of a Toyota driven by Martin Truex, Jr. Truex, Jr. leads with twenty laps remaining, yet four cautions later, the field lines up for a final restart with two laps to go and Kevin Harvick of Stewart Haas leading the way. Harvick and Truex, Jr. set off for battle while rookie Custer, starting from sixth position, makes a charge for the front along the outside wall. As the lead pack comes back for the white flag, the lead pack spreads four wide at the stripe and as the cars bump and tussle for position, Custer somehow slips past the entire group on the outside before streaking away from Truex, Jr. to capture a stunning victory, the first of his brief Cup career. Custer never leads a lap in Cup racing prior to his remarkable final circuit at Kentucky. Photo Credit: Greg Engle.
XXVII Brickyard 400Indianapolis, Indiana XXVII Brickyard 400At Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400 in July, a Stewart Haas Ford driven by Kevin Harvick (US) crosses first in 3:16:05 (average 123.16 mph), under a second (.743) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Matt Kenseth. Denny Hamlin of Gibbs Toyota leads Harvick in tight racing with twenty laps remaining and begins pulling away for seemingly a long awaited career victory before dropping a left front and slamming into the Turn 1 wall with just seven laps to go. Hamlin can only watch with disappointment from the infield care facility as Harvick, with a great push from teammate Cole Custer, wins the G-W-C restart over Kenseth and roars away for his second consecutive victory at the Brickyard and third overall for his career. Photo Credit: NASCAR
2020 GEICO 500Talladega, Alabama 2020 GEICO 500At Talladega for the 500-miler in June, a Penske Ford Mustang driven by Ryan Blaney (US) bests the field in 3:27:28 (average 146.93 mph), under a second (.007) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Alex Bowman of Hendrick leads a field running on empty fumes with twenty laps remaining before Tyler Reddick of Childress moves to the lead four laps later. Blaney and Stenhouse soon thereafter link up nose-to-tail and soar to the front with four laps remaining, yet matters tighten one lap later after Kevin Harvick of Stewart Haas turns hard charging Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick into the Turn 1 apron, bringing out the caution and forcing a G-W-C condition. The lead pack elects to stay on track despite low fuel and Harvick blows past race leader Blaney on the restart. Harvick takes the white flag, yet Blaney, again with a push from Stenhouse, climbs back into the hunt on the backstretch. The field begins wrecking in Turn 3, yet NASCAR allows the leaders to race to the stripe. In a furious dash, Blaney, Stenhouse, Aric Almirola of Stewart Haas and Eric Jones of Gibbs rub and scrape off each other before the wrecking again commences. Blaney and Stenhouse end up door-to-door in the closing meters and a resounding bounce between the two racers offers Blaney just enough leverage to claim the victory by the slenderest of margins (.007) in arguably the most exciting race on the season to date. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2019 Quaker State 400Sparta, Kentucky 2019 Quaker State 400At Kentucky for the 400 Miler in July, a Ganassi Chevrolet under Kurt Busch (US) wins in 2:51:37 (average 141.07 mph), under a second (.076) ahead of brother Kyle Busch. After a late race shunt creates a G-W-C condition, the Busch brothers jump race leader Joey Logano on the restart and battle door-to-door over the final circuit before elder Kurt edges ahead and outsprints his younger sibling for a slender and dramatic victory. Kurt credits Kyle for the victory, citing the choice by his younger brother not to dump him into the outer wall during their side-by-side duel. Photo Credit: Timothy D. Easley.
2019 ROVAL 400Concord, North Carolina 2019 ROVAL 400At Charlotte on the road course for the Roval 400 (Playoff Race 3) in September, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Chase Elliott (US) takes race honors in 3:20:58 (average 75.49 mph), under four seconds ahead of a companion Chevrolet driven by Alex Bowman. After overdriving the CMS frontstretch, locking his binders, and slamming hood first at the Turn 1 runoff at Lap 66 of 109, Elliott in stellar fashion rallies back to the front, survives a major pileup with nine to go that unfurls the red, then passes four entries, including race leader Kevin Harvick in his Ford, over the closing miles to pull off a memorable cross at the Roval. Teammates Kyle Bush and Martin Truex Jr. of Gibbs remain locked in a small closet atop the drivers' table as veteran Kurt Busch of Stewart Haas drops from playoff contention. Photo Credit: NBC Sports.
2019 1000Bulbs.com 500Talladega, Alabama 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Playoff Race 5) in October, a Penske Ford under Ryan Blaney (US) takes the flag in 3:39:35 (average 192.71 mph), under a second (.007) ahead of a Ford driven by Ryan Newman. After a second multi-car shunt takes out many of the leading Playoff contenders with six laps to go, including a full midair flip by Brendan Gaughan of Beard who miraculously lands back on four wheels, Blaney leads off the final race restart with two laps remaining. Newman, receiving a great draft assist along the backstretch, passes race leader Blaney in between Turns 3 and 4, yet Newman gets too far out in front, allowing the drafting field to close. Blaney somehow finds an extra burst upon the tri-oval entry, blitzes down the long frontstretch, and narrowly pips Newman at the stripe for a dramatic photo-finish cross and an advancing slot in the Playoffs. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2019 Advance Auto Parts ClashDaytona Beach, Florida 2019 Advance Auto Parts ClashAt Daytona for the Clash exhibition (75 laps, two segments, 188 miles) in February, the race comes to a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jimmie Johnson (US) in 1:20:01 (average 110.60 mph), finishing ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Kurt Busch. Racing the onrushing rain on Lap 55 of 75, second running Johnson pulls alongside the inside of race leader Paul Menard in his Ford at the Turn 3 entry where both cars tangle and trigger a melée that damages nearly twenty entries. Johnson escapes the ballyhoo and sprints away before race officials red flag the event four laps later for weather. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2018 LX Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 2018 LX Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Childress Chevrolet under Austin Dillon (US) in 3:26:15 (average 150.46 mph), under a second (.260) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Darrell Wallace Jr. Racing through a G-W-C condition, race leader Aric Almirola of Stewart Haas take the white flag for one final circuit before his attempted block on Dillon, receiving a huge draft push from Wallace Jr., along the backstretch results in a shove and tangle at the Turn 3 entry that puts Almirola into the outer wall and allows Dillon to escape with a dramatic and somewhat controversial cross in the classic event. Childress Racing celebrates with its first victory in the event since the 2007 season, while observers comment upon whether Dillon risked the safety and health of Almirola with his aggressive move on the approach to the finish. Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas.
2018 Roval 400 Concord, North Carolina 2018 Roval 400 At Charlotte for the inaugural NASCAR run on the CMS road course layout for the Roval 400 (Playoff Race 3) in September, a Penske Ford under Ryan Blaney (US) bests the field in 3:01:34 (average 82.13 mph), under a second (.792) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jamie McMurray. Blaney moves out front on the final circuit after race leader Martin Truex Jr. in his Toyota and second running Jimmie Johnson in his Chevrolet tangle in the last turn at the frontstretch chicane, allowing Blaney to serpentine his way through the kerfuffle and steal an unanticipated advance in the Playoffs. Photo Credit: Associated Press.
2018 1000Bulbs.com 500 Talladega, Alabama 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Playoff Race 5) in October, a Stewart Haas Ford under Aric Almirola (US) crosses first in 3:20:24 (average 153.71 mph), under a second (.105) ahead of a companion Ford driven by Clint Bowyer. Running through a G-W-C condition after many of the race favorites stop for fuel and lose track position, Almirola moves out front on the final circuit after race leader Kurt Busch in his Ford exhausts his fuel supply at the Turn 4 exit into the tri-oval, leaving Almirola to streak down the long front straightaway and scoop up the prizes in a slender and dramatic victory. Busch howls afterwards that a multi-car shunt behind the leaders on the final lap warranted a yellow that wrenched away his pending cross. Photo Credit: Alan Marler.
2018 First Data 500 Martinsville, Virginia 2018 First Data 500 At Martinsvillle for 500 laps (263 miles, Playoff Race 7) in October, a Penske Ford under Joey Logano (US) wins in 3:29:32 (average 75.31 mph), under a second (.107) ahead of a Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin. After Martin Truex Jr. in his Toyota slides under Logano in Turn 2 on the final circuit to take the lead, Logano responds with a stern bumper at the Turn 3 exit and shoves aside Truex Jr. before unabashedly speeding away to a dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
2017 Clash Exhibition Daytona Beach, Florida 2017 Clash Exhibition At Daytona for the season opening Clash Exhibition (non-championship, 75 laps, two segments, 188 miles) in February, the race comes to a Penske Ford driven by Joey Logano (US) in 1:18:13 (average 143.83 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Toyota driven by Kyle Busch. Denny Hamlin in his Toyota leads a tightly contested race in the closing laps and past the unfurled white before a block by Hamlin on hard charging Brad Keselowski in his Ford, receiving a push from teammate Logano, at Turn 1 results in a tangle that slows both entries and allows third-running Logano to stream past the leaders on the outside line at the Turn 2 exit for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2017 LIX Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 2017 LIX Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, a Stewart Haas Ford driven by Kurt Busch (US) takes race honors in 3:29:31 (average 143.19 mph), under a second (.228) ahead of a Ford driven by Ryan Blaney. As the wrecked-consumed race winds down over the closing miles, race leaders Martin Truex Jr. in his Toyota and Kyle Larson in his Chevrolet dice for the point before Busch, receiving draft assistance from Blaney, blows past race leader Larson on the final circuit backstretch. Busch holds off the rest until reaching the stripe and prevails for a long awaited maiden cross at the Beach for both himself and Stewart Haas Racing. Photo Credit: John David.
2017 GEICO 500 Talladega, Alabama 2017 GEICO 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in May, a Roush Ford under Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (US) notches a victory in 3:29:16 (average 145.67 mph), under a second (.095) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jamie McMurray. Racing through a G-W-C condition and after the leaders take the white, Stenhouse Jr. fends off an aggressive block from race leader Kyle Busch in his Toyota at Turn 1 before diving down on the inside line and moving out front before nosing out Busch at the wire for his maiden career series victory and first for Roush since the 2013 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2017 World 600 Concord, North Carolina 2017 World 600 At Charlotte for the former World 600 in May, a Childress Chevrolet under Austin Dillon (US) unexpectedly bests the field in 4:19:22 (average 138.80 mph), under a second (.835) ahead of a Toyota driven by Kyle Busch. After surviving an ordeal with the race length as well as a round of thunderstorms that bring out the red, Dillon, running on a fuel conservation strategy after skipping final service, moves out front after race leader Jimmie Johnson in his Chevrolet exhausts his fuel supply with only two laps remaining, leaving Dillon to hold off Kyle Busch and his fresher rubber for a tremendous upset maiden career series victory after 133 attempts. Photo Credit: Jeremy Thompson.
2017 Brickyard 400 Indianapolis, Indiana 2017 Brickyard 400 At Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400 in July, the race comes to a Hendrick Chevrolet under Kasey Kahne (US) in 3:39:00 (average 114.38 mph), finishing ahead of a Ford driven by Brad Keselowski under a caution condition. Racing through a second G-W-C condition in a wreck-filled contest and darkness onrushing at unilluminated IMS, Kahne moves out front after passing race leader Keselowski on the backstretch and reaches the overtime line just before the yellow unfurls for a shunt behind his entry. Kahne wins at the Brickyard for the first time, snaps a 102-race winless streak, and affords Hendrick Motorsports with its tenth cross at Indianapolis. Photo Credit: Michael L. Levitt.
2017 Pure Michigan 400 Brooklyn, Michigan 2017 Pure Michigan 400 At Michigan for the 400 Miler in August, a Ganassi Chevrolet under Kyle Larson (US) takes the flag in 2:40:38 (average 150.90 mph) , under a second (.310) ahead of a Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr. Racing through a G-W-C condition, fourth-place running Larson attacks the point right after the restart by taking the leaders four-wide into Turn 1, scrapes hard against Truex Jr. in the process, and then pulls away for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Associated Press.
2017 Alabama 500 Talladega, Alabama 2017 Alabama 500 At Talladega for the Alabama 500 (Playoff Race 5) in October, a Penske Ford under Brad Keselowski (US) crosses first in 3:47:52 (average 131.68 mph), under a second (.210) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Ryan Newman. After a set of multi-car shunts in the final stage that eliminates a host of contenders, Keselowski deftly survives the carnage and moves out front after passing race leader Newman on the final circuit for a much deserved victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2017 First Data 500 Martinsville, Virginia 2017 First Data 500 At Martinsville for 500 laps (263 miles, Playoff Race 7) in October, a Gibbs Toyota under Kyle Busch (US) wins in 3:32:47 (average 74.90 mph), under a second (.141) ahead of a Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr. Racing through a G-W-C condition, Busch moves out front after passing race leader Truex Jr. as the pair approach the white and fending off the latter at the Turn 4 exit on the final circuit for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Scott R. LePage.
2016 Auto Club 400 Fontana, California 2016 Auto Club 400 At Fontana for the Auto Club 400 in March, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jimmie Johnson (US) takes race honors in 2:59:17 (average 137.21 mph), under a second (.772) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick. Racing through a G-W-C condition, Johnson and Harvick dash past race leader Denny Hamlin in his Toyota before Johnson lays claim to the contest with a pass of Harvick on the backstretch approach to the white flag. Photo Credit: Associated Press.
2016 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond, Virginia 2016 Toyota Owners 400 At Richmond for 400 laps (300 miles) in April, a Gibbs Toyota driven by Carl Edwards (US) takes the flag in 3:05:26 (average 97.07 mph), under a second (.675) ahead of a companion Toyota driven by Kyle Busch. After Busch leads the final thirty-six laps in the event, Edwards moves out front on the final circuit after putting a stern bumper on his teammate in Turn 4 and sprinting past for a slender and dramatic victory, his second consecutive on the season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma, California 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350 At Sonoma for the 350 Kilometer in June, a Stewart Haas Chevrolet under Tony Stewart (US) bests the field in 2:42:13 (average 80.97 mph), under a second (.625) ahead of a Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin. After leading the final twenty-two laps, race leader Stewart loses the lead on the final circuit to hard pursuer Hamlin after breaking loose in Turn 7, yet Stewart rallies, races Hamlin door-to-door through the next series of turns, and executes a daring inside pass at the last corner to scrape his way past Hamlin and secure a slender, dramatic, and very popular cross at the stripe. Stewart snaps an 84-race winless streak for the 49th and final series victory of his career. Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill.
2015 Auto Club 400 Fontana, California 2015 Auto Club 400 At Fontana for the Auto Club 400 in March, a Penske Ford under Brad Keselowski (US) takes race honors in 2:58:18 (average 140.66 mph), under a second (.710) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick. Racing through a second G-W-C condition, Keselowski moves out front on the final circuit after passing race leader Kurt Busch in his Chevrolet on the inside line at the Turn 2 exit before speeding away to victory. Photo Credit: George McClure.
2015 Windows 10 400 Long Pond, Pennsylvania 2015 Windows 10 400 At Pocono for the former Summer 400 in August, a Gibbs Toyota under Matt Kenseth (US) bests the field in 3:01:36 (average 132.16 mph), under ten seconds ahead of a Ford driven by Brad Keselowski. In a race utterly dominated by fuel conservation strategies, race leader Martin Truex Jr. exhausts his fuel supply with only three laps remaining and succeeding leaders Joey Logano in his Ford and Kyle Busch in his Toyota suffer the same fame on the following two circuits, leaving Kenseth to pick up the pieces with a pass at Turn 2 for a dramatic victory at the Tricky Triangle. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2015 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas City, Kansas 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 At Kansas for the 400 Miler (Chase Race 5) in October, a Penske Ford under Joey Logano (US) takes race honors in 2:58:22 (average 135.73 mph), under a second (.491) ahead of a Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin. After some hard door-to-door driving between Logano and Matt Kenseth in his Toyota over the closing laps, Logano moves out front after dumping race leader Kenseth with an intentional shove into the wall at Turn 1 with less than five laps remaining before holding off Hamlin in a G-W-C session for a dramatic victory. Logano begins to establish a firm hold upon the 2015 Chase, yet deep recriminations expose themselves postrace within Gibbs Racing and others in the garage over the aggressive driving of Logano to steal the victory. Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw.
2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Talladega, Alabama 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Chase Race 6) in October, a Penske Ford under Joey Logano (US) takes the flag in 3:06:56 (average 167.31 mph), finishing ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. under a caution condition. Racing through a G-W-C condition, Logano and Earnhardt launch off the restart and race in close quarters until a shunt involving Kevin Harvick in his Chevrolet and Trevor Bayne in his Ford unfurls the yellow. NASCAR resorts to its electronic looping system to declare Logano out front at the time of caution, yet spectators and observers hoot over the decision to raise the yellow with the outcome still in doubt, the popularity of Earnhardt Jr., and prior precedent where the sanctioning body permitted such endings to play out to the stripe. In another wave of controversy, several drivers accuse Harvick, driving with a blown motor, of intentionally wrecking Bayne so to avoid elimination in the Chase by losing more positions on the final circuit. NASCAR absolves Harvick of any malfeasance, yet recriminations linger in the garage long after checkers. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2014 Sprint Unlimited Daytona Beach, Florida 2014 Sprint Unlimited At Daytona for the Unlimited exhibition (75 laps, three segments, 188 miles) in February, the race comes to a Gibbs Toyota under Denny Hamlin (US) in 1:18:35 (average 143.16 mph), under a second (.197) ahead of a Ford driven by Brad Keselowski. Racing within the lead pack as the white flag unfurls, Hamlin dives low on the tri-oval and races three wide against Kyle Busch in his Toyota and Keselowski into Turn 1 before edging ahead and holding off the duet for the remaining distance for a dramatic opening act to the 2014 season. The exhibition features a massive multi-car pileup in Segment 2, and an oddity when the pace car goes aflame between Segments 2 and 3. Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt.
2014 355 at the Glen Watkins Glen, New York 2014 355 at the Glen At Watkins Glen for the 355 Kilometer in August, a JTG-Daugherty Chevrolet under A.J. Allmendinger (US) notches a victory in 2:26:48 (average 90.12 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Ford driven by Marcos Ambrose. After Allmendinger and Ambrose bang against each other across the closing laps, two restarts, and a twenty-minute red flag condition, Allmendinger finally bests his race rival on the final restart with two laps remaining and takes his maiden series victory, a pleasant result that salves the rough points in his racing career following his failed drug test at 2012 July Daytona. Photo Credit: Mark Wilson.
2014 GEICO 500 Talladega, Alabama 2014 GEICO 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Chase Race 6) in October, a Penske Ford under Brad Keselowski (US) crosses first in 3:13:09 (average 160.30 mph), under a second (.141) ahead of a Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth. Keselowski moves out front past Ryan Newman in his Chevrolet with two laps remaining in regulation before the yellow unfurls and freezes the field. Running under a second G-W-C condition, Keselowski wins the restart, yet Newman swiftly retakes the point as the lead pack approaches the white. Keselowski, with an enigmatic push from his track nemesis Kenseth, gains momentum with an inside run at the Turn 3 entry on the final circuit, zips past a helpless Newman, and sprints to the tape for a dramatic victory that narrowly keeps his 2014 championship push in play. Photo Credit: Tom Pennington.
2013 Auto Club 400 Fontana, California 2013 Auto Club 400 At Fontana for the Auto Club 400 in March, a Gibbs Toyota under Kyle Busch (US) takes race honors in 2:57:19 (average 135.35 mph), finishing ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. under a caution condition. Racing onto the final circuit, race leaders Denny Hamlin in his Toyota and Joey Logano in his Ford battle nose-to-tail around the track until Logano attempts to block Hamlin on the Turn 4 exit. Both entries tangle with Busch hitting the outer wall and Hamlin skidding across the infield to smash into the inner barrier, thus allowing Busch to slip through and pick up the unexpected victory in dramatic fashion. The Hamlin sends him to the hospital for a back injury that plagues him throughout his future career, while the aggressive driving of Logano flares tempers in the team garage. Photo Credit: Jeff Gross.
2013 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond, Virginia 2013 Toyota Owners 400 At Richmond for 400 laps (300 miles) in April, a Childress Chevrolet under Kevin Harvick (US) takes the flag in 3:18:17 (average 92.14 mph), under a second (.343) ahead of a Toyota driven by Clint Bower. Racing through a G-W-C condition, Harvick starts seventh on fresh rubber, slices through the field, and overtakes race leader Jeff Burton in his Chevrolet just before the white flag unfurls before speeding away to victory. Photo Credit: Patrick Smith.
2013 Aaron's 499 Talladega, Alabama 2013 Aaron's 499 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in May, a Jenkins Ford under David Ragan (US) unexpectedly notches a victory in 3:26:02 (average 148.73 mph), under a second (.212) ahead of a companion Ford driven by David Gilliland. After a three and a half hour delay for rain with dusk rapidly approaching and racing through a G-W-C condition, the lead pack of Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth with their Fords, along with Jimmie Johnson in his Chevrolet, break out fast before teammates Ragan and Gilliland hook up as a draft combination and in startling fashion steam past the trio on the inside line at Turn 3 on the white flag lap for an unanticipated yet popular maiden victory for Front Row Motorsports. Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas.
2012 Budweiser Shootout Daytona Beach, Florida 2012 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona for the Shootout Exhibition (non-championship, 75 laps, two segments) in February, the race comes to a Gibbs Toyota under Kyle Busch (US) in 1:39:07 (average 124.09 mph), under a second (.013) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Tony Stewart. Racing under a G-W-C condition, Busch moves out front on the final circuit after slipstreaming past race leader Tony Stewart in his Chevrolet on the outside line off the Turn 4 exit into the tri-oval for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2012 Aaron's 499 Talladega, Alabama 2012 Aaron's 499 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in May, a Penske Dodge under Brad Keselowski (US) takes the flag in 3:13:17 (average 160.19 mph), under a second (.304) ahead of a Toyota driven by Kyle Busch. Racing through a G-W-C condition, Keselowski, with a draft assist from Busch moves out front after passing Matt Kenseth in his Ford on the backstretch run with less than two laps remaining. Team Penske wins at Talladega for the first time, while Dodge prevails at the circuit for the first time since the 1976 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2012 Coke Zero 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 2012 Coke Zero 400 At Daytona for the former Firecracker 400 in July, a Stewart Haas Chevrolet under Tony Stewart (US) bests the field in 2:32:14 (average 157.65 mph), finishing ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jeff Burton under a caution condition. Stewart moves out front on the final circuit after passing Matt Kenseth in his Ford on the backstretch before the yellow unfurls for a huge multi-car shunt in the tri-oval. Photo Credit: Chris Graythen.
2012 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen Watkins Glen, New York 2012 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen At Watkins Glen for the 355 Kilometer in August, a Petty Ford under Marcos Ambrose (AU) wins in 2:14:48 (average 98.15 mph), under a second (.571) ahead of a Dodge driven by Brad Keselowski. Sliding around in oil droppings left by the damaged Toyota of Bobby Labonte on the final circuit, race leader Kyle Busch in his Toyota skids off the line at Turn 1 and careens into hard charging Keselowski, spinning Busch off the circuit. Ambrose also slips past Busch and pulls up wheel-to-wheel with race leader Keselowski, with both driving off the circuit at the Inner Loop in a desperate search for an edge over the other. Ambrose sets up for the final corner with the keen skill of a road racer and shoves his way past Keselowski for a thrilling finish, arguably the finest of 2012. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Talladega, Alabama 2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Chase Race 4) in October, the race comes to a Roush Ford under Matt Kenseth (US) in 2:56:12 (average 171.19 mph), finishing ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon under a caution condition. Driving through a G-W-C condition, Kenseth moves out front on the final circuit after passing Tony Stewart in his Chevrolet on the outside at the Turn 3 entry just before the onrushing lead pack led by Michael Waltrip in his Toyota turns the blocking Stewart first into the wall and then onto his roof, triggering another large multi-car shunt in Turn 4 that unfurls the yellow and locks in the victory for Kenseth. Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw.
2011 Budweiser Shootout Daytona Beach, Florida 2011 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona for the Shootout Exhibition (non-championship, 75 laps, two segments, 187.5 miles), the race comes to a Penske Dodge under Kurt Busch (US) in 1:13:15 (average 153.58 mph), under a second (.058) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jamie McMurray. As the lead pack takes the white flag, race leader Newman faces a strong challenge from Busch and Denny Hamlin in his Toyota and as the trio enter the tri-oval for the final time, Busch, with a draft assist from McMurray, attacks on the high side and Hamlin on the low line. Both drivers get around Newman and Hamlin crosses the wire first, yet race officials rule the latter dipped below the forbidden yellow line in his pass, disqualify Hamlin from the result, and award the victory to Busch. Photo Credit: Associated Press.
2011 LIII Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 2011 LIII Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, a Wood Brothers Ford under 20-year old rookie Trevor Bayne (US) unexpectedly takes race honors in 3:59:24 (average 130.33 mph), under a second (.118) ahead of a Ford driven by Carl Edwards. Starting the second Green-White-Checker session at the point after race leader David Ragan receives a black flag for changing lanes prior to the initial GWC, Bayne, with a draft assist from Bobby Labonte in his Toyota, outsprints the field with blocking that belies his experience for a slender and dramatic victory. Rookie Bayne wins the greatest stock car contest of all in only his second career start and provides a long-awaited series victory for the fabled Wood Brothers, their first since 1976 and first series cross since the 2001 season. Bayne earns no Cup points for his victory at the Beach on account of his election to pursue the second-tier Nationwide series championship. Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick.
2011 Auto Club 400 Fontana, California 2011 Auto Club 400 At Fontana for the Auto Club 400 in March, a Childress Chevrolet under Kevin Harvick (US) takes the flag in 2:39:06 (average 150.85 mph), under a second (.144) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson. Harvick moves out front on the final circuit after passing race leader Johnson on the Turn 4 exit for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: NASCAR Media.
2011 Aaron's 499 Talladega, Alabama 2011 Aaron's 499 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in April, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jimmie Johnson (US) bests the field in 3:12:01 (average 156.26 mph), under a second (.002) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Clint Bowyer. Johnson, with a draft assist from Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his Chevrolet, prevails on the final circuit homestretch dash by edging out Bowyer by a foot at the finish in the closest finishing margin in series history. Photo Credit: Jerry Markland.
2011 LII Coca-Cola 600 Concord, North Carolina 2011 LII Coca-Cola 600 At Charlotte for the former World 600 in May, a Childress Chevrolet under Kevin Harvick (US) crosses first in 4:33:14 (average 132.41 mph), under a second (.703) ahead of a Ford driven by David Ragan. Starting the Green-White-Checker session, Harvick moves out front after race leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his Chevrolet exhausts his fuel supply on the Turn 4 exit on the final circuit, a supreme disappointment for the legion of Junior fans at CMS as Harvick drives past for a slender and dramatic victory in the longest race by elapsed time in series history. Photo Credit: Jerry Markland.
2011 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Watkins Glen, New York 2011 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen At Watkins Glen for the 220.5 Miler in August, the race comes to a Petty Ford under Marcus Ambrose (AU) in 2:16:02 (average 99.42 mph), finishing ahead of a Dodge driven by Brad Keselowski under a caution condition. Starting the Green-White-Checker session, Keselowski and Ambrose slip past race leader Kyle Busch in his Toyota after Keselowski turns the latter out of contention before Ambrose passes race leader Keselowski in the Inner Loop before the yellow unfurls, snaring his maiden series victory for himself and his native Australia. Photo Credit: NASCAR Media.
2011 Good Sam Club 500 Talladega, Alabama 2011 Good Sam Club 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Chase Race 6) in October, a Childress Chevrolet under Clint Bowyer (US) takes the flag in 3:29:14 (average 143.40 mph), under a second (.018) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jeff Burton. After drafting around behind teammate Burton all afternoon, Bowyer moves out front after passing Burton on the Turn 4 exit into the tri-oval for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2011 Ford 400 Homestead, Florida 2011 Ford 400 At Homestead for the 400 Mile season finale (Chase Race 10) in November, a Stewart Haas Chevrolet under Tony Stewart (US) crosses first in rainy conditions in 3:29:00 (average 114.98 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Ford driven by Carl Edwards. After race officials restart the contest after a red flag for rain, Stewart, running on fresh rubber, runs down race leader Brad Keselowski in his Dodge with Chase leader Edwards in hot pursuit, yet the latter cannot track down the swifter Stewart, who leads the final thirty-six laps to collect the precious cross. Stewart and Edwards finish the Chase knotted atop the drivers’ table, yet Stewart claims his third drivers' title by way of a tiebreaker that favors him on account of his five Chase victories. Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey.
2010 Budweiser Shootout Daytona Beach, Florida 2010 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona for the Shootout Exhibition (non-championship, 75 laps, two segments, 187.5 miles) in February, the race comes to a Childress Chevrolet under Kevin Harvick (US) in 1:18:48 (average 144.67 mph), finishing ahead of a Ford driven by Kasey Kahne under a caution condition. Starting fourth in the Green-White-Checker session, Harvick moves out front after passing race leader Greg Biffle in his Ford before the yellow unfurls for a crashout by Biffle on the final circuit. Harvick wins the Exhibition for the second consecutive season. Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay.
2010 Aaron's 499 Talladega, Alabama 2010 Aaron's 499 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in April, a Childress Chevrolet under Kevin Harvick (US) bests the field in 3:31:58 (average 150.59 mph), under a second (.011) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jamie McMurray. Harvick moves out front in the third Green-White-Checker session after passing race leader McMurray on the low side in the tri-oval off Turn 4 on the final circuit. Harvick wins for the first time since the 2007 season and snaps a 115-race winless streak. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2010 AMP Energy Juice 500 Talladega, Alabama 2010 AMP Energy Juice 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Chase Race 7) in October, a Childress Chevrolet under Clint Bowyer (US) notches a victory in 3:03:23 (average 163.62 mph), finishing ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick under a caution condition. After a late race restart, Harvick moves past Bowyer as the white flag unfurls, yet Bowyer holds his ground and with good fortune manages to nose ahead of Harvick on the final circuit just before the yellow flag unfurls after a flipover shunt involving A.J. Allmendinger. Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw.
2009 Aaron's 499 Talladega, Alabama 2009 Aaron's 499 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in April, a Finch Chevrolet under rookie Brad Keselowski (US) notches a victory in 3:23:20 (average 147.57 mph), under a second (.175) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. As the white flag unfurls, race leaders Carl Edwards in his Ford and Ryan Newman in his Chevrolet seemingly break away for victory, yet as the lead cars approach the tri-oval on the final circuit, Keselowski, attempting to slip by some effective blocking by Edwards, nudges Edwards in the rear and the high speed contact dramatically sends the latter midair and high into the front stretch catchfence. Keselowski speeds past for his maiden Sprint Cup win in only his fifth start, several spectators suffers injury from flying debris, and Edwards escapes the shunt unscathed and literally runs across the finish line to the cheers of spectators. Constructor James Finch also snares his first series cross. Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt.
2009 Coke Zero 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 2009 Coke Zero 400 At Daytona for the former Firecracker 400 in July, a Stewart Haas Chevrolet under Tony Stewart (US) takes race honors in 2:48:28 (average 142.46 mph), under a second (.110) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson. Stewart prevails after nudging race aside leader Kyle Busch in his Toyota, attempting a final closing blocking move, into the outer wall in the tri-oval on the final circuit before dashing away to victory. Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas.
2008 L Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 2008 L Daytona 500 At Daytona for the fiftieth running of the 500 in February, a Penske Dodge under Ryan Newman (US) takes race honors in 3:16:30 (average 152.67 mph), under a second (.092) ahead of a Dodge driven by teammate Kurt Busch. After a late race restart with only three laps to go, Newman, with a draft assist from teammate Busch, moves out front after passing race leader Tony Stewart in his Toyota in between Turns 3 and 4 on the final circuit, snapping an 81-race winless streak as Penske South captures its first 500 victory at the Beach. Photo Credit: Robert Laberge.
2008 Dan Lowry 400 Richmond, Virginia 2008 Dan Lowry 400 At Richmond for the Dan Lowry 400 (300 miles) in May, a Childress Chevrolet under Clint Bowyer (US) bests the field in 3:12:37 (average 95.79 mph), under a second (.439) ahead of a Toyota driven by Kyle Busch. Bowyer moves out front after race leaders Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. tangle with only three laps remaining before holding off Busch through a Green-White-Checker overtime sessions to snare the dramatic victory. Spectators foolishly jeer Busch during the cooldown for the late race crash out of Earnhardt Jr., for which most fair minded observers fail to blame the young upstart driver. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2007 XLIX Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 2007 XLIX Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Childress Chevrolet under Kevin Harvick (US) in 3:22:55 (average 149.33 mph), under a second (.020) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Mark Martin. Harvick, starting seventh in the Green-White-Checker session, charges up through the field in dramatic fashion and moves out front after passing race leader Martin on the high side at the Turn 4 entry on the final circuit for a thrilling victory. Many observers criticize the result on account of a shunt on the final circuit that should have immediately frozen the field under caution and thus make Martin the race winner, yet NASCAR elects not to wave the yellow for the final Harvick-Martin duel to the wire. Speedweeks qualifying results in a wide array of fines and suspensions for teams attempting to seek aerodynamic advantages in the restrictor-plate classic. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2007 Pepsi 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 2007 Pepsi 400 At Daytona for the former Firecracker 400 in July, a Roush Ford under Jamie McMurray (US) notches a victory in 2:52:41 (average 138.98 mph), under a second (.005) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Kyle Busch. McMurray prevails in a door-to-door bashing duel with Busch on the final circuit with some drafting assistance from teammate Carl Edwards for the second closest finish in series history and snapping a 166-race winless streak dating back to the 2002 season. Photo Credit: Orlando Sentinel.
2007 UAW-Ford 500 Talladega, Alabama 2007 UAW-Ford 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Chase Race 4) in October, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) wins in 3:29:11 (average 143.44 mph), under a second (.066) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson. Gordon, with a drafting assist from Tony Stewart in his Chevrolet, moves out front after passing race leader Johnson on the high line on the final circuit. Photo Credit: Associated Press.
2006 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 Las Vegas, Nevada 2006 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 At Las Vegas for the 400 Miler in March, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jimmie Johnson (US) takes the flag in 3:02:13 (average 133.36 mph), under a second (.045) ahead of a Ford driven by Matt Kenseth. Racing under a Green-White-Checker condition, Johnson moves out front after passing race leader Kenseth on the high side at the Turn 4 exit on the final circuit. Photo Credit: K.M. Cannon.
2006 USG Sheetrock 400 Joliet, Illinois 2006 USG Sheetrock 400 At Chicagoland for the 400 Miler in July, the race comes to a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) in 3:03:59 (average 132.08 mph), under a second (.461) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jeff Burton. Gordon moves out front after nudging and spinning race leader Matt Kenseth in his Ford with only three laps remaining before holding off the field in the final Green-White-Checker period. Spectators, believing along with Kenseth that the Gordon shove served as payback for a similar incident involving both racers at Bristol earlier in the season, jeer and pelt the Gordon entry during his cooldown lap. Gordon collects his 75th career series victory. Photo Credit: Rusty Burroughs.
2006 UAW-Ford 500 Talladega, Alabama 2006 UAW-Ford 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler (Chase Race 4) in October, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Brian Vickers (US) wins in 3:10:23 (average 157.60 mph), finishing ahead of a Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne under a caution condition. Racing hard on the final circuit in a three-car lead pack, Vickers prevails after turning second-place running Jimmie Johnson in his Chevrolet into the race leading Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Both Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. crash out as Vickers speeds away to his maiden victory, yet the Talladega crowd jeers the result and pelts the Vickers entry with debris on his cooldown lap. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2005 XLVII Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 2005 XLVII Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) in 3:45:16 (average 135.17 mph), under a second (.158) ahead of a Ford driven by Kurt Busch. Gordon, receiving a draft push from teammate Jimmie Johnson, moves out front after passing race leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his Chevrolet with less than three laps remaining before the yellow unfurls, setting up a Green-White-Checker finish. Gordon receives drafting help from Busch to break away from the lead pack during the G-W-C and prevails at the wire for a slender and dramatic victory, the third time of his career and first since the 1999 season. Gordon also posts his 70th career series victory. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
2005 Golden Corral 500 Hampton, Georgia 2005 Golden Corral 500 At Atlanta for the 500 Miler in March, a Roush Ford under Carl Edwards (US) takes race honors in 3:29:18 (average 143.48 mph), under a second (.028) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson. Edwards moves out front after passing race leader Johnson on the high side on the final circuit and outsprinting the latter off the Turn 4 exit to the wire for his maiden series victory. Edwards introduces the racing world to his patented backflip off his own drivers' window ledge as a celebration gesture. Photo Credit: Autostock.
2005 XLVI Cola-Cola 600 Concord, North Carolina 2005 XLVI Cola-Cola 600 At Charlotte for the former World 600 in May, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jimmie Johnson (US) notches a victory in 5:13:52 (average 114.69 mph), under a second (.027) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Bobby Labonte. Running in fourth at the final restart with five laps remaining, Johnson dashes past three entries on his move to the front and passes race leader Labonte on the final circuit at the wire by a nose for his unprecedented third consecutive victory in the event. Photo Credit: Chuck Burton.
2004 Aaron's 499 Talladega, Alabama 2004 Aaron's 499 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in April, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) takes the flag in 3:51:53 (average 129.39 mph), finishing ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. under a caution condition. After Gordon passes Earnhardt Jr. for the lead with six laps remaining, a wreck unfurls the caution two laps later just as Earnhardt Jr. repasses Gordon on the Turn 4 exit. Race officials utilize the scoring loops to designate Gordon as the race leader at the time of yellow as the entries pace around the circuit and the spectators, furious that the race finishes under caution, litter the track with debris and jeers as Gordon coasts to victory. The incident rattles the NASCAR brass and its rules team immediately goes to work on resolving the issue of finishing races under the yellow. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Darlington, South Carolina 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 At Darlington for the former Rebel 400 in March, a Wells Pontiac under Ricky Craven (US) notches a victory in 3:10:16 (average 126.21 mph), under a second (.002) ahead of a Ford driven by Kurt Busch. Craven chases down race leader Busch on the final circuit and the pair scrapes its way through Turn 4 before Craven edges out the other for the narrowest margin of victory in series history. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
2003 Aaron's 499 Talladega, Alabama 2003 Aaron's 499 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in April, a DEI Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt Jr. (US) bests the field in 3:27:28 (average 144.63 mph), under a second (.125) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick. Earnhardt Jr. stirs controversy after NASCAR ignores his blatant dip below the yellow line on the apron with his pass of Jimmie Johnson in his Chevrolet and Matt Kenseth in his Ford with less than four laps to go, yet Earnhardt. Jr. brings the partisan crowd to its feet after Harvick pushes him past race leader Kenseth with only two laps remaining. Earnhardt Jr. becomes the only driver in series history to win four consecutive races at Talladega. The race involves a 27-car pileup on Lap 3, among the largest in NASCAR racing history. Photo Credit: Robert LeSieur.
2002 XLIV Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 2002 XLIV Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race unexpectedly comes to a Davis Dodge under Ward Burton (US) in 3:29:50 (average 142.97 mph), under a second (.193) ahead of a Ford driven by Elliott Sadler. After Sterling Marlin in his Dodge spins out Jeff Gordon in his Chevrolet in the tri-oval with only five laps remaining, a large pile-up leaves Marlin just edging out Burton at the wire as the yellow unfurls. A red flag condition shortly follows and Marlin inexplicably leaves his car to inspect and pull on the bent sheetmetal damaged in his tangle with Gordon on the prior green flag lap. NASCAR penalizes Marlin for his DIY activities and Burton in stunning fashion inherits a maiden victory at the Beach, the first for Dodge since the 1974 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2001 XLIII Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 2001 XLIII Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, a DEI Chevrolet under Michael Waltrip (US) takes race honors in 3:05:26 (average 161.78 mph), under a second (.124) ahead of a companion Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. After a tangle between Robby Gordon in his Chevrolet and Tony Stewart in his Pontiac on Lap 173 leaves an eighteen-car wreckage yard in its wake, race officials clear the circuit for one final dash to the finish. Waltrip and Earnhardt Jr. draft each other into lead with sixteen laps to go with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Sterling Marlin in his Dodge in hot pursuit. With three laps remaining, all observers take note of Earnhardt Sr., owner of the two leading DEI entries, clearly running interference for both Chevrolets in front of Marlin. As the four cars race under the white flag, Waltrip and Earnhardt Jr. appear locked in position for the finish as Earnhardt Sr. continues to block Marlin for both his entries around the track. In arguably the most tragic moment in motorsports history, as the four drivers enter Turn 4 for the finish, a frustrated Marlin nudges Earnhardt Sr. in the left rear quarter panel on a desperate attempt to pass and the contact collects Ken Schrader in his Pontiac before both wrecked entries turn Earnhardt Sr. hard right into the outer concrete wall. Waltrip and Earnhardt Jr. reach the checkers unaware of the shunt behind them as the highly partisan crowd jeers Marlin for shoving the black ‘3’ Monte Carlo out of contention. The hoots and howls across America regarding the thrilling finish immediately turns to stomach-clenching grief minutes later after NASCAR honcho Mike Helton grimly announces the death of Earnhardt Sr. from massive head trauma. Both non-racing enthusiasts and similarly-minded members of the news media that fateful afternoon initially appear taken back and stunned by the outpouring of pain and grief across the nation for a ‘hillbilly stock car’ racing driver until the sheer enormity of Earnhardt Sr.’s career and fan popularity hits home later that evening. The demise of the ever-charismatic Earnhardt and his legendary black ‘3’ Chevrolet changes the face of NASCAR on that afternoon, and in its aftermath the racing world approaches safety with new earnest by implementing SAFER barriers at ovals, mandating all drivers to race with the HANS device and fully enclosed helmets (Earnhardt utilized neither technology) for the 2002 season, and adding rigor to its inspections regarding harness equipment in all entries. The Earnhardt family and NASCAR swiftly absolves Marlin of any blame in the tragic incident, yet his career and fame never recovers from the tragedy. The 49-year old Earnhardt wins seven nominal series' titles over his stellar career and posts 76 victories, sixth on the all-time NASCAR register. Waltrip, younger brother of former champion Darrell, snares his maiden Winston Cup victory after sixteen seasons and a record 463 starts. Photo Credit: Brian Cleary.
2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Hampton, Georgia 2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 At Atlanta for the 500 Miler in March, a Childress Chevrolet under rookie Kevin Harvick (US) takes the flag in 3:29:36 (average 143.27 mph), under a second (.006) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon. Harvick, piloting the entry formerly driven by the late great Dale Earnhardt Sr., dices with the lead pack over the final ten laps before prevailing over Gordon by mere inches in a door-to-door scraper right to the finish. Harvick snares an emotional maiden series victory in only his third start as the result reduces car owner Richard Childress to tears. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2001 Old Dominion 500 Martinsville, Virginia 2001 Old Dominion 500 At Martinsville for the Old Dominion 500 (263 miles) in October, a Wells Ford under Ricky Craven (US) notches a victory in 3:28:19 (average 75.75 mph), under a second (.141) ahead of a Ford driven by Dale Jarrett. Craven and Jarrett bang door-to-door over the entire final circuit before Craven prevails by a nose for his maiden series victory. Photo Credit: Robert LeSieur.
2001 EA Sports 500 Talladega, Alabama 2001 EA Sports 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in October, a DEI Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt Jr. (US) bests the field in 3:02:45 (average 164.19 mph), under a second (.388) ahead of a Pontiac driven by Tony Stewart. Earnhardt Jr. moves out front after slipping past race leader Bobby Labonte in his Pontiac on the inside line in Turn 1 on the final circuit. Labonte and Bobby Hamilton in his Chevrolet shortly thereafter tangle on the backstretch resulting in a Labonte flip and a fourteen-car wreck as Earnhardt escapes and outruns Stewart and Jeff Burton in his Ford to the yellow. Photo Credit: Richard Sloop.
2000 Pocono 500 Long Pond, Pennsylvania 2000 Pocono 500 At Pocono for the 500 Miler in June, a Kranefuss Ford under Jeremy Mayfield (US) notches a victory in 3:34:41 (average 139.74 mph), under a second (.581) ahead of a Ford driven by Dale Jarrett. Mayfield moves out front after dramatically flipping the script and nudging race leader Dale Earnhardt in his Chevrolet into a spin on the Turn 4 entry on the final circuit. The NASCAR drivers' fraternity titters with glee after watching the often aggressive Earnhardt swallow down some of his own bitter medicine. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2000 Winston 500 Talladega, Alabama 2000 Winston 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in October, a Childress Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt (US) wins in 3:01:06 (average 165.68 mph), under a second (.119) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Kenny Wallace. Repeating his feat on the prior season, Earnhardt, driving deep in the top twenty with seventeen laps to go, dashes in dramatic fashion to the front with drafting help from Wallace in only four laps before moving passing teammate Mike Skinner in his Chevrolet with only two laps remaining. The very popular cross by the great Earnhardt stands as his 76th and final series career victory, who also wins the No Bull Bonus for the first time. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1999 XLI Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1999 XLI Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) in 3:05:42 (average 161.55 mph), under a second (.128) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt. Gordon moves out front after passing race leader Rusty Wallace in his Ford and Mike Skinner in his Chevrolet with a daring inside pass on the tri-oval apron with eleven laps remaining before fending off several passing lunges by Dale Earnhardt in his Chevrolet on the final circuit. Gordon wins at the Beach for the second time in his career, again picks up the $1 million No Bull Bonus, and becomes the first pole winner to earn the cross in the 500 since 1987 (Bill Elliott). Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1999 TranSouth Financial 400 Darlington, South Carolina 1999 TranSouth Financial 400 At Darlington for the former Rebel 400 in March, a Roush Ford under Jeff Burton (US) takes race honors in 1:50:49 (average 121.29 mph), finishing ahead of a Ford driven by Jeremy Mayfield under a caution condition. Race leader Burton gets caught out of pocket by a wild shunt on Lap 164 of 293 that collects his entry, yet Burton manages to limp his wreck across the line just as race officials unfurl the red flag for inclement weather. The race never restarts and Burton enjoys his good fortune with a red flag victory. Photo Credit:
1999 Goody's Headache Power 500 Bristol, Tennessee 1999 Goody's Headache Power 500 At Bristol for 500 laps (266.5 miles) in August, the race comes to a Childress Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt (US) in 2:55:11 (average 91.28 mph), under a second (.189) ahead of a Ford driven by Jimmy Spencer. After a late race restart, Terry Labonte in his Chevrolet slips past Earnhardt as the white flag unfurls, yet ever-showman Earnhardt provides the fireworks after nudging and turning race leader Labonte into the wall at the Turn 2 exit on the final circuit. The Bristol crowd unloads a deluge of jeers upon the smirking Earnhardt as he completes his cooldown lap. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1999 Winston 500 Talladega, Alabama 1999 Winston 500 At Talladega for the Winston 500 in October, a Childress Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt (US) takes race honors in 3:00:04 (average 166.63 mph), under a second (.114) ahead of a Ford driven by Dale Jarrett. In a memorable race for the ages, Earnhardt, running in the top ten as the race closes, skillfully drafts his way up to the leaders with only fourteen laps to go before passing race leader Jarrett with only four laps remaining for a dramatic superspeedway victory. Photo Credit:
1998 XL Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1998 XL Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, a Childress Chevrolet under 46-year old Dale Earnhardt (US) takes race honors in 2:53:42 (average 172.71 mph), finishing ahead of a Pontiac under Bobby Labonte under a caution condition. Earnhardt secures victory after outracing Labonte and Jeremy Mayfield in his Ford to the stripe with two laps remaining before the yellow flag unfurls. In arguably the most popular single race victory in series history, Earnhardt finally wins his elusive 500 on his twentieth career attempt, snapping a fifty-nine race winless streak in the process. The entire set of racing teams along the service lane form a greeting line to congratulate a misty-eyed Earnhardt as he slowly rolls on past towards Victory Lane. Photo Credit: CBS.
1997 Food City 500 Bristol, Tennessee 1997 Food City 500 At Bristol for 500 laps (266.5 miles) in April, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) takes the flag in 3:33:06 (average 75.04 mph), under a second (.499) ahead of a Ford driven by Rusty Wallace. Gordon prevails for victory after outrubbing Wallace for the final 600 meters to the wire on the final circuit. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1997 XIII The Winston Concord, North Carolina 1997 XIII The Winston At Charlotte for The Winston all-star Exhibition (70 laps, three segments, 105 miles) in May, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) notches a victory in 0:39:54 (average 157.89 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Pontiac driven by Bobby Labonte. Hendrick Motorsports constructs a state-of-the-art entry utilizing ground-breaking ground effects that stomps the field cold in the loosely regulated exhibition event, prompting NASCAR to ban the car and its technology outright from future performances. Gordon and Hendrick win the special event for the second time in two seasons, while NASCAR utilizes the ‘T-Rex’ hot rod (named due to its Hendrick ‘Jurassic Park’ livery) to tighten and refine many of its chassis specifications. Photo Credit: Charlotte Motor Speedway.
1997 DieHard 500 Talladega, Alabama 1997 DieHard 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in October, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Terry Labonte (US) crosses first in 3:11:36 (average 156.60 mph), under a second (.146) ahead of a Pontiac driven by brother Bobby Labonte. With a surprisingly furious final rush, Terry Labonte moves out front after first passing John Andretti in his Ford and then race leader Ken Schrader in his Chevrolet with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1996 Goody's Headache Powder 500 Martinsville, Virginia 1996 Goody's Headache Powder 500  At Martinsville for 500 laps (263 miles) in April, a Penske Ford under Rusty Wallace takes race honors in 3:13:50 (average 81.41 mph), under three second ahead of a Ford driven by Ernie Irvan. Hendrick driver Terry Labonte ascends as the series' Iron Man with his 514th consecutive start, besting the great Richard Petty. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1996 DieHard 500 Talladega, Alabama 1996 DieHard 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in July, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) takes the flag in 2:34:21 (average 133.39 mph), under a second (.146) ahead of a Ford driven by Dale Jarrett. On Lap 117, Dale Earnhardt and Sterling Marlin, both in Chevrolets, dice and block for the lead along with Ernie Irvan in his Ford when while entering the tri-oval, Irvan inexplicably veers into the left side of Earnhardt, who in frightening fashion tangles with Marlin before flipping end-over-end on the mainstretch, triggering an eleven-car pileup as Irvan speeds away from the wreckage in the lead. Due to the seriousness of the Earnhardt shunt with rain and sunset approaching upon unilluminated Talladega, NASCAR elects to run five green flag laps until Lap 129 of 188 before halting the contest. Gordon leads at the green, yet Dale Jarrett in his Ford makes his pass to the front in Turn 3. Gordon waits for his moment, passes Jarrett in Turn 2 with some drafting assistance from Jeff Burton in his Ford three laps later, and holds on for a slender victory as NASCAR unfurls the red flag as promised at Lap 129. Thousands of standing spectators still frantic over the condition of Earnhardt, who suffers serious sternum and collarbone injuries, barely notice the finish as they instead jeer Irvan during the postrace aftermath. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1995 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 Sonoma, California 1995 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 At Sonoma for the 300 Kilometer in May, a Childress Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt (US) takes the flag in 2:38:18 (average 70.68 mph), under a second (.32) ahead of a Ford driven by Mark Martin. As the white flag unfurls, race leader Martin hits a patch of oil and bobbles at the Turn 6 carousel, allowing Earnhardt to slip past for a slender and popular victory, the only road course win for Earnhardt in his career. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1995 II Brickyard 400 Indianapolis, Indiana 1995 II Brickyard 400 At Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400 in August, a Childress Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt (US) notches a victory in 2:34:38 (average 155.21 mph), under a second (.37) ahead of a Ford driven by Rusty Wallace. Earnhardt moves out front on Lap 133 of 160 after a crash on the service lane blocks race leader Wallace, allowing Earnhardt to return to the track in the lead and hold off a frustrated Wallace for a slender and popular victory, the most prestigious cross in his series career. Photo Credit: Julian Gonzales.
1995 Goody's 500 Bristol, Tennessee 1995 Goody's 500 At Bristol for 500 laps (266.5 miles) in August, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Terry Labonte (US) bests the field in 3:15:03 (average 81.98 mph), under a second (.10) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt. Chasing down race leader Labonte in desperate fashion, a frustrated Earnhardt on the final circuit shoves Labonte in the left rear quarter panel on the Turn 4 exit. Labonte sideswipes backmarker Greg Sacks in his Chevrolet before memorably skidding across the stripe and slamming hard in the outer wall. Earnhardt, Labonte, and Rusty Wallace, who Earnhardt crashed out earlier in the contest, exchange heated words in the aftermath. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1994 UAW-GM Teamwork 500 Long Pond, Pennsylvania 1994 UAW-GM Teamwork 500 At Pocono for the 500 Miler in June, a Penske Ford under Rusty Wallace (US) bests the field in rain and fog conditions in 3:52:55 (average 128.80 mph), under a second (.28) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt. After Earnhardt beats Wallace off the service lane with seven laps remaining, the caution condition gets extended when Jeff Gordon in his Chevrolet spins and finds himself stuck in the muddy grass. Race marshals take their time in extracting Gordon from his stalled position as the laps run down, and Wallace fans howl as Earnhardt appears to seemingly steal a race victory. With one lap remaining, the race finally goes green and the determined Wallace moves out front after passing race leader Earnhardt in Turn 1 on the final circuit before holding off the latter for a slender and narrow victory. Photo Credit:
1994 Pepsi 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 1994 Pepsi 400 At Daytona for the former Firecracker 400 in July, a Junior Johnson Ford under Jimmy Spencer (US) wins in 2:34:17 (average 155.56 mph), under a second (.008) ahead of a Ford driven by Ernie Irvan. Spencer runs down race leader Irvan on the final circuit and pulls even with the Yates Ford on the Turn 4 exit. Both entries exchange paint over the closing meters and Spencer just noses out Irvan at the wire for a dramatic victory, the first in his series career. NASCAR scrutineers afterwards discover an illegal intake manifold on the winning Junior Johnson entry, yet opt not to issue a penalty. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1994 I Brickyard 400 Indianapolis, Indiana 1994 I Brickyard 400 At Indianapolis for the inaugural Brickyard 400 at IMS in August, the race comes to a Hendrick Chevrolet under Jeff Gordon (US) in 3:01:51 (average 131.98 mph), under a second (.53) ahead of a Ford driven by Brett Bodine. Gordon moves out front after race leader Ernie Irvan in his Ford drops a right front wheel with less than five laps remaining. Gordon, whose first two career Cup victories come in two of the series' most important events, wins $613,000 USD, a series record. Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1993 XXXV Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1993 XXXV Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Gibbs Chevrolet under Dale Jarrett (US) in 3:13:35 (average 154.97 mph), under a second (.16) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt. With two laps remaining, Jarrett passes Jeff Gordon in his Chevrolet on the high side on the Turn 4 entry before dipping inside race leader Earnhardt in Turn 2 on the final circuit for a narrow and dramatic victory. Ned Jarrett, father of winner Dale, provides all with a memorable call on network television for the final lap, while Earnhardt afterwards morosely bemoans his 0-for-15 snakebitten streak at the Beach. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1993 Winston 500 Talladega, Alabama 1993 Winston 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in May, a McClure Chevrolet under Ernie Irvan (US) takes race honors in 3:13:04 (average 155.41 mph), two car lengths ahead of a Ford driven by Jimmy Spencer. After a late caution for rain leaves only two laps remaining for the final restart, fourth-place Irvan, with drafting help from Spencer, passes Rusty Wallace in his Pontiac, Mark Martin in his Ford, and race leader Dale Earnhardt in his Chevrolet on the final circuit for a dramatic victory. As the leaders dash for the finish, Earnhardt taps Wallace in the rear and sends his Pontiac sliding into the tri-oval infield before flipping several times in a dramatic shunt as the checkers wave. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1993 Die Hard 500 Talladega, Alabama 1993 Die Hard 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler on a very warm day (100 degrees) in July, a Childress Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt (US) notches a victory in 3:15:01 (average 153.86 mph), under a second (.005) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Ernie Irvan. Earnhardt, receiving a drafting push from Irvan and Dale Jarrett in his Chevrolet, moves out front after passing race leader Kyle Petty in his Pontiac with less than four laps remaining. Earnhardt, Irvan, and Petty race three-wide down the backstretch before Earnhardt edges away to narrowly win at the wire by the closest finishing margin in series history. Earnhardt drives a Polish Victory lap in remembrance of Davey Allison, who perishes in a helicopter crash in Alabama during the week of July 11. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1992 WinstonTalladega, Alabama 1992 WinstonAt Talladega for the 500 Miler in May, a Yates Ford under Davey Allison (US) takes race honors in 2:59:01 (average 167.61 mph), under two car lengths ahead of a Ford driven by Bill Elliott. Allison moves out front on Lap 118 of 188 after passing race leader Sterling Marlin his Chevrolet, yet must hold off a final Turn 4 exit blitz from Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt in their Chevrolets, and Bill Elliott and Marlin in their Fords at the wire for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
1992 VII The Winston Concord, North Carolina 1992 VII The Winston At Charlotte for The Winston all-star exhibition (three segments, 70 laps, 105 miles) in May, a Yates Ford under Davey Allison (US) takes the flag in 0:47:29 (average 132.68 mph), a half car length ahead of a Pontiac driven by Kyle Petty. Racing hard on the final circuit under the lights at Charlotte for the very first time, race leaders Dale Earnhardt in his Chevrolet and Petty tangle in Turn 3, spinning out Earnhardt from contention. Allison catches Petty on the Turn 4 exit, both cars make contact, and the flush finish at the wire results in a narrow victory for Allison, his second consecutive cross in the event. The Allison-Petty entanglement ends with a hard crash by Allison into the tri-oval outer wall. Photo Credit: The Charlotte Observer.
1991 XXXIII Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1991 XXXIII Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a McClure Chevrolet under Ernie Irvan (US) in 3:22:30 (average 148.15 mph), finishing ahead of a Ford driven by Sterling Marlin under a caution condition. Dale Earnhardt in his Chevrolet dominates the race, yet Irvan deftly beats the black 3 car off the service lane after a caution period with only six laps remaining. Irvan scoots away for the flag as the ever-jinxed Earnhardt, desperate for a victory at the Beach after twelve attempts, tangles with Davey Allison in his Ford two laps later and spins out of contention. Photo Credit: George Tiedemann.
1991 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 Sonoma, California 1991 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 At Sonoma for the 300 Kilometer in June, a Yates Ford under Davey Allison (US) takes race honors in 2:33:20 (average 72.97 mph), one second ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Ricky Rudd. With four laps remaining, Mark Martin in his Ford attempts an inside pass at Turn 7 on race leader Tommy Kendall in his Pontiac and both cars spin out, handing the lead to Allison. Allison leads until the white flag unfurls before Rudd attempts an inside pass at Turn 11. Both cars touch, Allison spins out, and Rudd speeds away only to receive a very controversial black flag and penalty at the finish, again all to the benefit of Allison. Photo Credit:
1991 Champion Spark Plug 400 Brooklyn, Michigan 1991 Champion Spark Plug 400 At Michigan for the 400 Miler in August, a Wood Brothers Ford under Dale Jarrett (US) notches a victory in 2:51:34 (average 142.97 mph), just inches ahead of a Ford driven by Davey Allison. After Jarrett elects to skip service and moves out front past race leader Allison during a caution period with eleven laps to go, both drivers dice for the lead over the remaining miles. Allison goes to the front just as the white flag unfurls and both drivers dash along side-by-side on the final circuit before the pair begin banging side panels on the Turn 4 exit. Jarrett somehow survives the melee and just noses out Allison at the wire for a very dramatic victory, the first win of his series career after six seasons. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1990 XXXII Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1990 XXXII Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Whitcomb Chevrolet under Derrike Cope (US) in 3:00:59 (average 165.76 mph), under two car lengths ahead of an Oldsmobile driven by Terry Labonte. Cope moves out front after race leader Dale Earnhardt, leading the event all afternoon, drops a right rear tire in Turn 3 on the final circuit. Cope snares his maiden series victory at the Beach in an enormous upset while the very disappointed Earnhardt stands 0-for-12 in the event. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1989 XXXI Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1989 XXXI Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Hendrick Chevrolet under Darrell Waltrip in 3:22:04 (average 148.47 mph), under eight seconds ahead of a companion Chevrolet driven by Ken Schrader. Waltrip, stretching his fuel supply to the limit, moves out front after race leader Alan Kulwicki in his Ford drops a tire with only four laps remaining. Waltrip, snaring his 74th Winston Cup career victory, joyously celebrates his maiden victory at the Beach after seventeen attempts with a loose imitation of the ‘Icky Shuffle’ in Victory Lane. Photo Credit: RacingOne.
1989 V The Winston Concord, North Carolina 1989 V The Winston At Charlotte for The Winston all-star exhibition race (135 laps, 202.5 miles) in May, a Beadle Pontiac under Rusty Wallace (US) takes race honors in 1:31:25 (average 133.15 mph), under a second (.23) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Ken Schrader. Wallace wins the final segment after tapping race leader Darrell Waltrip in his Chevrolet on the Turn 4 exit into the infield as the white flag unfurls. The result leaves both the Beadle and Hendrick teams scuffling with their fists afterwards. Photo Credit: Charlotte Motor Speedway.
1989 Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro, North Carolina 1989 Holly Farms 400 At North Wilkesboro for 400 laps (250 miles) in October, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Geoffrey Bodine (US) takes the flag in 2:46:08 (average 90.27 mph), three seconds ahead of a Ford driven by Mark Martin. As the white flag unfurls, race leaders Dale Earnhardt in his Chevrolet and Ricky Rudd in his Buick tangle and spin out in Turn 1, allowing Bodine to pass through for the victory. Photo Credit: Fox Sports.
1988 XXX Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1988 XXX Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Stavola Buick under 50-year old Bobby Allison (US) in 3:38:08 (average 137.53 mph), two car lengths ahead of a Ford driven by son Davey Allison. Father Allison moves out front after passing race leader Phil Parsons in his Oldsmobile with eighteen laps remaining before holding off son Davey on his attempted inside pass on the Turn 4 exit on the final circuit for a slender and dramatic victory. Father Allison wins at the Beach for the third time and becomes the oldest driver to win the 500 for his 84th and final career series victory. The race features a horrific eight-flip rollover shunt by uninjured Richard Petty on Lap 104 of 200. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1988 Firecracker 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 1988 Firecracker 400 At Daytona for the Firecracker 400 in July, a Melling Ford under Bill Elliott (US) takes the flag in 2:26:58 (average 163.30 mph), three feet ahead of an Oldsmobile driven by Rick Wilson. Elliott, starting deep in the field, rushes forward across the distance and fends off a furious final lap side panel scrape with hard charging Wilson out of the Turn 4 exit to snatch a slender and dramatic victory. NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough makes his final career start at the Beach. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1988 Talladega 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1988 Talladega 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in July, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Ken Schrader (US) notches a victory in 3:14:12 (average 154.51 mph), two car lengths ahead of a companion Chevrolet driven by Geoffrey Bodine. Entering the final circuit, Schrader chases a three-car lead pack before moving out front after race leaders Dale Earnhardt in his Chevrolet and Sterling Marlin in his Oldsmobile tangle on the Turn 4 exit (irony). Schrader moves to the high side and passes both cars just before the line for his maiden Winston Cup victory. Photo Credit:
1987 III The Winston Concord, North Carolina 1987 III The Winston At Charlotte for The Winston all-star race (135 laps, 202.5 miles, non-championship) in May, a Childress Chevrolet under Dale Earnhardt (US) takes the flag in 1:19:24 (average 153.02 mph), under a second (.74) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Terry Labonte. Earnhardt boldly enters NASCAR legend midway through the final ten-lap segment while dicing with Bill Elliott in his Ford before the latter taps Earnhardt in the right quarter panel as the pair pass through the tri-oval. The contact shoves Earnhardt into the infield grass, yet Earnhardt manages to catch his entry without spinning and returns to the track with great track position. Earnhardt moves out front after more contact with Elliott cuts down the latter’s tire with only eight laps remaining. The sporting press swiftly dubs the infield dance by Earnhardt as the ‘pass in the grass’, and Elliott shows his displeasure with the result by intentionally wrecking Earnhardt on the slowdown lap, who wins $200,000 USD for the fabulous show. Photo Credit: ABC Sports.
1987 Goody's 500 Martinsville, Virginia 1987 Goody's 500 At Martinsville for 500 laps (263 miles) in September, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Darrell Waltrip (US) wins in 3:26:31 (average 76.41 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt. After a late race caution compresses the leaders, Waltrip moves out front on the final circuit after nudging Terry Labonte in his Chevrolet in the quarter panel in Turn 3. Labonte spins into the wall, the ruckus upsets the momentum of race leader Earnhardt, and Waltrip slips past both for a victory that snaps his twenty-seven race winless streak. Photo Credit:
1986 Summer 500 Long Pond, Pennsylvania 1986 Summer 500 At Pocono for the Summer 500 in July, a Hendrick Chevrolet under Tim Richmond (US) crosses first in rainy conditions in 2:41:08 (average 124.22 mph), under a second (.05) ahead of a Ford driven by Ricky Rudd. After Richmond survives a wreck on Lap 121 of 200, the Hendrick driver rejoins the lead lap on Lap 140 and finally runs down race leader Geoffrey Bodine in his Chevrolet on Lap 150 as the afternoon fails and race officials announce the race will halt at Lap 150. Richmond and Bodine dice for the lead along the backstretch, yet a bobble by Bodine allows Rudd to move up for a final challenge, yet Richmond outruns the pair to the wire for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Hendrick Motorsports.
1985 I The WinConcord, North Carolina 1985 I The WinAt Charlotte in May, NASCAR hosts the inaugural Winston, a 70 lap, 105-mile all-star exhibition event run in conjunction with the World 600 weekend that features all the race winners from the prior 1984 season each dashing for a one-night $200,000 USD payday. A Junior Johnson Chevrolet under Darrell Waltrip (USA) takes the flag in 0:40:32 (average 161.18 mph), under a second (.31) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Harry Gant. Waltrip moves out front after passing race leader Harry Gant on the Turn 4 entry as the pair approach the white flag. Photo Credit:
1984 XXVI Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1984 XXVI Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Rainier Chevrolet under 43-year old Cale Yarborough (US) in 3:18:41 (average 150.99 mph), eight car lengths ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt. Yarborough moves out front on the final circuit with a slingshot pass of Darrell Waltrip in his Chevrolet on the Turn 3 entry. Yarborough snares the 500 for the second consecutive season and his fourth overall victory at the Beach. POTUS Ronald Reagan serves as the honorary starter. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1984 Firecracker 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 1984 Firecracker 400 At Daytona for the Firecracker 400 in July, a Curb Pontiac under 47-year old Richard Petty (US) notches a victory in 2:19:59 (average 171.20 mph), finishing just ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Harry Gant under a caution condition. Petty and Cale Yarborough in his Chevrolet exchange side panel paint over the final laps and after the yellow unfurls with only two laps remaining, Petty noses out Yarborough on the race to the wire by less than a foot to snare his 200th and final series career victory. POTUS Ronald Reagan attends the event. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1983 XXV Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1983 XXV Daytona 500 At Daytona for the twenty-fifth running of the 500 in February, the race comes to a Rainier Pontiac under 42-year old Cale Yarborough (US) in 3:12:20 (average 155.98 mph), five car lengths ahead of a Ford driven by Bill Elliott. Yarborough, driving a backup entry, moves to the front with a low pass on the backstretch of race leader Buddy Baker in his Ford on the final circuit. Yarborough, who sets an unofficial NASCAR one-lap record of 200.503 mph during practice, wins the event for the third time and the first since the 1977 season. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1982 WinstonTalladega, Alabama 1982 WinstonAt Talladega for the 500 Miler in May, a Junior Johnson Buick under Darrell Waltrip (US) bests the field in 3:11:19 (average 156.59 mph), three car lengths ahead of a Buick driven by Terry Labonte. Benny Parsons in his Pontiac leads a group of hard chargers including Waltrip, Labonte, and Kyle Petty in his Pontiac onto the final circuit, yet as Parsons sidewinders down the backstretch to break the tow of his chasers, the other three entries draft past Parsons on the high side and Waltrip beats all to the tape for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Bob Harmeyer.
1981 Winston 500 Talladega, Alabama 1981 Winston 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in May, a Rainier Buick under Bobby Allison (US) takes the flag in 3:20:52 (average 149.38 mph), under a second (.10) ahead of Buick driven by Buddy Baker. Allison moves out front after passing race leader Baker on the final circuit backstretch. Photo Credit:
1981 Gabriel 400 Brooklyn, Michigan 1981 Gabriel 400 At Michigan for the 400 Miler in June, a Rainier Buick under Bobby Allison (US) crosses first in 3:03:47 (average 130.59 mph), finishing just ahead of a Pontiac driven by Harry Gant under a caution condition. With three laps remaining, a blown engine by backmarker Kyle Petty in his Buick sends lead pack runners Darrell Waltrip in his Buick, Dale Earnhardt in his Pontiac, and four other entries into the Turn 3 wall, allowing Allison to escape for victory just before the yellow flag unfurls. Photo Credit:
1981 Talladega 500 Talladega, Alabama 1981 Talladega 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in August, a Beebe Buick under rookie Ron Bouchard (US) takes race honors in 3:11:24 (average 156.74 mph), two feet ahead of a Buick driven by Darrell Waltrip. As Waltrip, Terry Labonte in his Buick, and Bouchard complete the final circuit, Labonte attempts an outside pass of Waltrip on the Turn 4 exit and both car tangle, allowing Bouchard to slip past on the inside line and outrace the others to the line by a nose for his maiden career Cup victory, and arguably the biggest upset in NASCAR superspeedway history. Photo Credit: The Birmingham Times.
1980 Hodgdon 400 Riverside, California 1980 Hodgdon 400 At Riverside for the Hodgdon 400 in June, a DiGard Chevrolet under Darrell Waltrip (US) crosses first in 2:26:38 (average 101.85 mph), under a second (.30) ahead of a Mercury driven by Neil Bonnett. Waltrip moves out front after passing race leader Bonnett on the inside line just 300 yards from the finish. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1980 Talladega 500 Talladega, Alabama 1980 Talladega 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in August, the race comes to a Wood Brothers Mercury under Neil Bonnett (US) in 2:59:47 (average 166.89 mph), six car lengths ahead of an Oldsmobile driven by Cale Yarborough. After chasing Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt in his Oldsmobile over the closing laps, Bonnett moves out front with a pass of race leader Yarborough with only four laps remaining. The triumph proves as the last for the Mercury brand in NASCAR. Photo Credit:
1980 XXXI Southern 500 Darlington, South Carolina 1980 XXXI Southern 500 At Darlington for the Southern 500 in September, a Hagan Chevrolet under Terry Labonte (US) takes race honors in 4:21:05 (average 115.21 mph), finishing just ahead of a Chevrolet driven by David Pearson under a caution condition. Race leaders David Pearson, Benny Parsons, and Dale Earnhardt, all in Chevrolets, dice over the closing laps, yet their collective rubbing and scraping for the flag results in all crashing with two laps remaining. Pearson desperately attempts to limp to the line and pick up the final caution with the lead, yet Labonte appears from nowhere and nips Pearson at the line just as the yellow unfurls to snare his maiden Winston Cup victory. Photo Credit: Dorsey Patrick.
1979 XXI Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1979 XXI Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Petty Oldsmobile under Richard Petty (US) in 3:28:22 (average 143.98 mph), one car length ahead of an Oldsmobile driven by Darrell Waltrip. In one of the all-time epic finishes at the Beach, race leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough, both driving Oldsmobiles, enter the final circuit side-by-side and both begin banging their side panels against one another down the backstretch. Both drivers lose control of their entries just before Turn 3, tangle themselves into wall, and then spin out into the grass, yet the most memorable moments occur after Yarborough and Allison begin fist fighting amidst their wrecked entries in the infield. Bobby Allison soon joins the fracas to defend his brother as Petty, unfathomably now in the race lead, fends off a hard charging Waltrip to the wire. Petty, utterly jubilant afterwards with his surprising 186th career Winston Cup victory and first in forty-six races, captures the event for a remarkable sixth time and first since the 1974 season. Many observers rate the contest, the first time a network broadcasts the same from start to finish, as the seminal moment when Americans note the appeal of stock car racing. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1979 Rebel 500 Darlington, South Carolina 1979 Rebel 500 At Darlington for the Rebel 500 in April, a DiGard Chevrolet under Darrell Waltrip (US) takes race honors in 4:06:59 (average 121.72 mph), a half car length ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Richard Petty. Waltrip and Petty dice for the point over the closing laps before Petty wobbles on the Turn 4 entry on the final circuit, leaving the door open for Waltrip and victory. Both drivers exchange for the lead three times on the white flag lap. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1977 Rebel 500 Darlington, South Carolina 1977 Rebel 500 At Darlington for the Rebel 500 in April, a DiGard Chevrolet under Darrell Waltrip (US) takes race honors in 3:53:18 (average 128.82 mph), finishing just ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Donnie Allison under a caution condition. With seven laps remaining, backmarker Dick Brooks in his Chevrolet drops a tire, slams into the wall, and prompts a spin by J.D. McDuffie in his Chevrolet right in front of a pack of cars that includes race leader David Pearson, Allison, Richard Petty, and Waltrip. As the leaders gingerly swerve through the chaos, Waltrip adroitly navigates his way into a three-way battle for the lead just as the yellow flag brings out caution. A review by race officials subsequently declares Waltrip as the race leader (and winner) upon the flash of yellow. Photo Credit:
1977 Winston 500 Talladega, Alabama 1977 Winston 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in May, a DiGard Chevrolet under Darrell Waltrip (US) takes the flag in 3:01:59 (average 164.88 mph), under a second (.29) ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Cale Yarborough. With eleven laps remaining, a four-way battle for the lead emerges between Waltrip, Yarborough, Benny Parsons, and Donnie Allison. A mad scramble erupts on the final circuit and a daring move by Yarborough drifts him into Waltrip as the cars approach the tri-oval. Yarborough loses momentum from the contact and Waltrip escapes for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1976 XVIII Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1976 XVIII Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Wood Brothers Mercury under David Pearson (US) in 3:17:08 (average 152.18 mph), fifty yards ahead of a Dodge driven by Richard Petty. Entering the tri-oval for the final time, Pearson and Petty tangle with both entries spinning out onto the infield grass. Petty cannot restart his stalled entry as Pearson creeps his way back onto the asphalt and across the finish line for a dramatic finish and his maiden 500 victory after fourteen seasons. Drivers A.J. Foyt and Darrell Waltrip receive qualifying time disqualifications after attempting to utilize nitrous gas within their respective fuel mixtures. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1975 XVII Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1975 XVII Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a DeWitt Chevrolet under Benny Parsons (US) in 3:15:15 (average 153.65 mph), a lap ahead of an American Motors entry. Parsons moves out front after race leader David Pearson in his Ford tangles with Richie Panch and Cale Yarborough in their Chevrolets and spins out of contention with less than three laps remaining. The entire pit lane offers the fan-popular Parsons a rousing standing ovation during his victory lap. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1974 Firecracker 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 1974 Firecracker 400 At Daytona for the Firecracker 400 on Independence Day, a Wood Brothers Mercury under David Pearson (US) notches a victory in 2:53:32 (average 138.31 mph), a car length ahead of a Dodge driven by Richard Petty. Race leader Pearson seizes victory after first intentionally allowing Petty to pass on the final circuit before coming back with a slingshot pass as both entries enter the tri-oval for the last time. Photo Credit: Jim Bourdier.
1974 Talladega 500 Talladega, Alabama 1974 Talladega 500 At Talladega for the 500 Miler in August, a Petty Enterprises Dodge under Richard Petty (US) crosses first in 3:21:52 (average 148.64 mph), two feet ahead of a Mercury driven by David Pearson. Petty moves out front with a slingshot/sideswipe pass of race leader Pearson as the entries enter the tri-oval for the final time, hence repaying the latter for his late winning move at Daytona in the prior month. The field, including the Petty Dodge, survives car damage inflicted by vandals in the garage on the prior evening. Photo Credit: Gasden Times.
1972 Winston 500 Talladega, Alabama 1972 Winston 500 At Talladega for the Winston 500 in May, a Wood Brothers Mercury under David Pearson (US) takes the flag in 3:43:15 (average 134.40 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Dodge driven by Bobby Isaac. With the white flag unfurled as the racers approach the tri-oval, race leader Isaac tangles with a pair of backmarkers and loses momentum, allowing Pearson to slip by on the final circuit for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
1972 Wilkes 400 North Wilkesboro, North Carolina 1972 Wilkes 400 At North Wilkesboro for the Wilkes 400 (250 miles) in October, a Petty Enterprises Plymouth under Richard Petty (US) wins in 2:36:33 (average 95.82 mph), two car lengths ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Bobby Allison. Petty and Allison, feuding all season for the Cup championship, dice for the lead all afternoon before a frustrated Allison pushes Petty and backmarker Vic Parsons in his Ford into the wall with nine laps remaining. Petty somehow recovers from the near shunt and retaliates by slamming Allison aside on the final circuit before pedaling his battered entry across the line for victory. A fan afterwards takes a swing at Petty as he completes his load-out and receives for his reward a crack on the head from a helmet wielded by brother Maurice Petty. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1971 Winston 500 Talladega, Alabama 1971 Winston 500 At Talladega for the Winston 500 in May, a Wood Brothers Mercury under Donnie Allison (US) notches a victory in 3:23:32 (average 147.42 mph), a car length ahead of a Mercury driven by brother Bobby Allison. With seven laps remaining, Donnie passes Dave Marcis in his Dodge for the race lead just before the latter spins out and brings out a caution condition. With only one final lap of green flag racing left, Donnie Allison narrowly prevails for victory in a three-car dash involving brother Bobby and Buddy Baker in his Dodge. Photo Credit: Haywood Paravcini.
1969 XI Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1969 XI Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, a Junior Johnson Ford Torino Talladega under LeeRoy Yarbrough (US) takes race honors in 3:09:56 (record average 157.95 mph), a fraction of a second ahead of a Dodge driven by Charlie Glotzbach. Yarbrough, who starts nineteenth on the grid, slipstreams with Glotzbach over the final fifty miles before moving out front with a backstretch slingshot pass on the final circuit. David Pearson establishes a closed-circuit record of 190.03 mph during Speedweeks qualifying. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1969 Rebel 400 Darlington, South Carolina 1969 Rebel 400 At Darlington for the Rebel 400 in May, a Junior Johnson Mercury under LeeRoy Yarbrough (US) takes the flag in 3:02:28 (average 131.57 mph), a lap ahead of a Ford entry. After final service with thirteen laps remaining, race leader Bobby Allison in his Dodge and Yarbrough make a dash for the finish, yet with four laps remaining, Allison and backmarker Cale Yarborough in his Mercury tangle on the backstretch. Allison careens into the wall and collects the pursuing Yarbrough, yet the latter manages to rumble across the line for victory under caution conditions. Allison afterwards angrily accuses Yarborough of purposefully putting him into the fence. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1969 XX Southern 500 Darlington, South Carolina 1969 XX Southern 500 At Darlington for the Southern 500 in September, the race comes to a Junior Johnson Ford under LeeRoy Yarbrough (US) in rainy conditions in 2:59:40 (average 105.61 mph), under a second ahead of a Ford driven by David Pearson. As darkness falls upon the unilluminated track, Yarbrough moves out front after passing race leader Pearson in Turn 3 on the final circuit. Rain and lack of track lighting shorten the event to 230 instead of 364 laps as Yarbrough becomes the first driver to win the Big Three races in NASCAR (Daytona, Charlotte, and Darlington) in the same season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1969 Talladega 500 Talladega, Alabama 1969 Talladega 500 At the new 2.65-mile long blindingly fast Talladega speedplant for its maiden 500 Miler, a Nichels Dodge Daytona under relatively unknown Richard Brickhouse (US) takes race honors in 3:15:07 (average 153.78 mph), seven seconds ahead of a Dodge driven by Jim Vandiver. NASCAR premiere driving stars elect not to run the event out of safety concerns regarding the swift circuit, yet Brickhouse alleviates many drivers’ fears by reaching 195 mph on his race rubber without incident. Brickhouse dices with a small group of cars for 35 laps before moving out front with a pass of race leader Vandiver with only eleven laps remaining. Controversy strikes at the newest superspeedway after the unionized Professional Drivers’ Association boycotts the event, deeming the large and fast track as too rough, uneven, and unsafe for racing. NASCAR supremo Bill France, Sr. shrugs off the complaints and runs the race with B-list drivers as the headliners. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1967 Western North Carolina 500 Weaverville, North Carolina 1967 Western North Carolina 500 At Weaverville for the Western North Carolina 500 season finale in November, a Holman Moody Ford under Bobby Allison (US) notches a victory in 3:16:37 (average 76.29 mph), a car length ahead of a Plymouth driven by Richard Petty. Allison, Petty, and David Pearson in his Ford dice and rub side panels across the distance while battling for the point until Allison finally plants Petty into a scrape against the outer wall with seven laps remaining. Petty unfurls a desperate thrust to even the score, yet runs out of laps before Allison captures the much deserved cross. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1965 National 400 Concord, North Carolina 1965 National 400 At Charlotte for the National 400 in October, a Holman Moody Ford under Fred Lorenzen (US) crosses first in 3:21:44 (average 119.12 mph), three car lengths ahead of a companion Ford driven by Dick Hutcherson. After a five-car pileup on the opening lap that claims the life of Harold Kite, driving in his first NGN race since 1956, the race settles into a three-car duel involving Lorenzen, A.J. Foyt in his Ford, and Hutcherson that delivers three-wide driving until the closing stages. Race leader Foyt breaks loose and hits the wall with five laps remaining, falling out of contention, and Lorenzen just noses Hutcherson at the wire in the most exciting race run during the 1965 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1964 Jacksonville 200 Jacksonville, Florida 1964 Jacksonville 200 At Jacksonville for the 200 Miler in December 1963, the race comes to a Scott Chevrolet under Wendell Scott (US) in 1:43:00 (average 58.25 mph), over two laps ahead of a Pontiac entry. After race leader Richard Petty loses his steering, Scott moves out front with twenty-seven laps remaining and sprints away from the field, yet the flagman does not wave checkers at Lap 200. The race continues on for two additional laps before the checkers finally wave for Buck Baker despite Scott leading the field. Baker escapes with the trophy and the cash while Scott lodges a protest with the stewards, and after a two-hour review, NASCAR reverses itself and awards the victory to Scott, making the latter the only driver of African descent to win a NASCAR top-tier series event. Many observers believe that NASCAR staged the faux finish in order to avoid having Scott take the honors in race-hostile Jacksonville, yet a small host of other historians strongly disagree with said sentiment, chalking up the confusion to a simple scoring error. NASCAR takes a month to pay Scott his winnings, then deliver the final insult by handing him a flimsy facsimile of his winning race trophy. The NASCAR hierarchy clearly held Scott in disdain, yet the driver found earnest career support from others such as Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, and Earl Brooks. Photo Credit:
1964 Daytona Qualifier 2 Daytona Beach, Florida 1964 Daytona Qualifier 2 At Daytona for Twin Qualifier Race 2 in February, a Nichels Dodge under Bobby Isaac (US) notches a victory in 0:35:20 (average 169.81 mph), a mere foot ahead of a Plymouth driven by Jimmy Pardue. Richard Petty breaks out to an early lead and leads by over a half lap until only two laps remain, when the Petty entry begins to sputter for lack of fuel. Petty desperately pedals his car around and uses the banking to creep around the circuit as Isaac and Pardue rapidly gain ground. Both drivers enter the tri-oval for the final time and split low and high on the track to avoid backmarker Ralph Earnhardt in their joint pursuit of limping Petty. All three cars cross the wire at the same time and NASCAR must resort to finish photographs from the print media to decide the result. After a nearly five hour review, the stewards award Isaac with the thrilling victory by the narrowest of margins. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1964 Firecracker 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 1964 Firecracker 400 At Daytona for the Firecracker 400 on Independence Day, the race comes to a Nichels Dodge under A.J. Foyt (US) in 2:38:28 (record average 151.45 mph), a car length ahead of a companion Dodge driven by Bobby Isaac. Isaac and Foyt dice for the lead from Lap 104 of 160 onwards, with Foyt dramatically waiting until Turn 3 of the final lap before moving past Isaac for victory. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1963 Daytona Qualifier 2 Daytona Beach, Florida 1963 Daytona Qualifier 2 At Daytona for Twin Qualifier Race 2 (100 Miles) in February, a Yunick Chevrolet under Indy racing comer Johnny Rutherford (US) crosses first in 0:36:49 (average 162.97 mph), three car lengths ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Rex White. White moves out front after passing race leader White with five laps remaining and holds off the latter for an impressive victory in his first Grand National start. Rutherford posts the fastest average speed ever for a qualifying event. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1963 Firecracker 400 Daytona Beach, Florida 1963 Firecracker 400 At Daytona for the Firecracker 400 on Independence Day, a Holman Moody Ford under Fireball Roberts (US) notches a victory in 2:39:01 (average 150.93 mph), less than a car length ahead of a companion Ford driven by Fred Lorenzen. After a caution compresses up the field with only six laps remaining, Lorenzen leaps into the lead for a brief moment before the wily Roberts uses a undercut passing move on Turn 4 on the final lap to steal the victory. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1961 Daytona Qualifier 2 Daytona Beach, Florida 1961 Daytona Qualifier 2 At Daytona for Twin Qualifier Race 2 (100 Miles) during Speedweeks in January, the race comes to a Moore Pontiac under Joe Weatherly (US) in 0:39:16 (average 152.67 mph), three car lengths ahead of a Pontiac driven by Marvin Panch. As the lead pack racers of Panch, Cotton Owens, and Weatherly, all driving Pontiacs, exit Turn 4 and enter the tri-oval on the final circuit, chasers Lee Petty in his Plymouth and Johnny Beauchamp in a Chevrolet, seeking to avoid a Turn 4 spin up ahead by Banjo Matthews in his Ford, tangle on the Turn 4 entry. Weatherly up ahead expertly nudges his entry ahead of Panch and Owens for the narrow victory, yet the Beauchamp-Petty shunt sends both entries through the outer fencing and off the circuit, similar to a shunt suffered by Richard Petty in Qualifier Race 1. Petty suffers life-threatening injuries from the incident that significantly shortens his fabulous career while Beauchamp never races again. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1960 II Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1960 II Daytona 500 At Daytona for the 500 in February, the race comes to a Masoni Chevrolet under Junior Johnson (US) in 4:00:30 (average 124.74 mph), twenty-three seconds ahead of a Pontiac entry. Johnson moves out front after race leader Bobby Johns in his Pontiac spins out with only nine laps remaining. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1960 II Firecracker 250 Daytona Beach, Florida 1960 II Firecracker 250 At Daytona for the Firecracker 250 on Independence Day, a Smith Pontiac driven by Jack Smith (US) takes the flag in 1:42:09 (average 146.84 mph), thirty feet ahead of a Pontiac driven by Cotton Owens. Smith moves out front after passing race leader Owens with only four laps remaining and holds off the latter at the wire for the victory. Smith and co-owner Bud Moore utilize a two-way radio to communicate throughout the contest, a first for NASCAR. Photo Credit: ISC Archives.
1959 I Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Florida 1959 I Daytona 500 At the new 2.5-mile high-banked Daytona International Speedway for the maiden running of the 500 in February, the race comes to a Petty Enterprises Oldsmobile under Lee Petty (US) in 3:41:22 (average 135.52 mph), just two feet ahead of a Ford driven by Johnny Beauchamp. Both Beauchamp and Petty battle with the bumpers and slipstream one another over the final fifteen laps before both drivers surge forward with a final lunge fifty yards from the finish. Petty contests the flagman’s initial call for Beauchamp as the winner and NASCAR, mindful of its reputation regarding postrace rulings in the past, takes three agonizing days to review all photo evidence before reversing its decision in favor of Petty. Photo Credit: T. Taylor Warren.
1957 The Glen Watkins Glen, New York 1957 The Glen At Watkins Glen for the inaugural meeting for NASCAR on the Northern New York road course (101.5 miles) in August, a Baker Chevrolet under Buck Baker (US) notches a victory in 1:13:06 (average 83.06 mph), nearly a half mile ahead of a Ford driven by Fireball Roberts. Baker leads the field wire-to-wire as NASCAR hosts the first top-tier racing event at the venerable plant. Photo Credit:
1956 Merced Merced, California 1956 Merced At Merced for the 100 Miler in June, the race comes to a Kiekhaefer Chrysler under Herb Thomas (US) in 2:06:47 (average 47.33 mph), finishing ahead of a Chevrolet driven by Harold Hardesty. Thomas motors to a comfortable victory, his final winning cross in his Hall of Fame NASCAR Grand National racing career before suffering near fatal in a shunt at Shelby, North Carolina in October. The event features the racing debut of Parnelli Jones and constructor Val Miletich at the only NASCAR Grand National event ever hosted at the Central California race facility. Photo Credit:
1956 Soldier Field Chicago, Illinois 1956 Soldier Field At venerable Soldier Field (opened 1924) for the 100 Miler in July, a DePaolo Ford under Glenn 'Fireball' Roberts (US) takes the flag in 1:38:18 (average 61.04 mph), a car length ahead of a Mercury driven by Jim Paschal. Roberts moves out front with a pass of race leader Paschal with only six laps remaining in the only Grand National visit to the historic venue. Photo Credit: ISC Archives.
1956 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 1956 Road America At Elkhart Lake for the maiden NASCAR visit (258 miles) to the historic racing plant in August, a Stroppe Mercury under Tim Flock (US) notches a victory in 3:29:50 (average 73.86 mph), seventeen seconds ahead of a companion Mercury driven by Billy Myers. Running on the home turf of former team jefe Carl Kiekhaefer and his Mercury outboard engine factory, Flock moves out front after race leader Speedy Thompson, driving for Kiekhaefer, loses fire with only seven laps remaining. Flock ruins a homecoming for Kiekhaefer yet NASCAR, which receives a prized FIA sanction for the event, does not return to the venerable road course until the 2010 racing season. Photo Credit: ISC Archives.
1956 August Shelby Shelby, North Carolina 1956 August Shelby At the Cleveland County Fairgrounds for the 100 Miler in October, a Kiekhaefer Chrysler under Buck Baker (US) crosses first in 1:51:00 (average 54.05 mph), two car lengths ahead of a Ford driven by Bill Amick. Baker, chasing down points leader Herb Thomas for the nominal drivers' title, holds off Amick by a narrow margin for victory, yet the race ends under considerable controversy after Baker teammate Speedy Thompson turns race favorite Thomas hard into the wall on Lap 109. Thomas nearly perishes in the shunt with near fatal injuries, and some observers accuse both Thompson and team owner Carl Kiekhaefer of treachery aimed at assisting Baker in his title chase. Both driver and owner vehemently deny the accusation, yet Kiekhaefer elects not to attend any remaining NASCAR events during the 1956 racing season (contradicted by other accounts). Photo Credit:
1956 November Wilson Wilson, North Carolina 1956 November Wilson At Wilson Speedway for the 100 Mile finale in November, a Kiekhaefer Chrysler under Buck Baker (US) wins in 1:58:35 (average 50.5 mph), approximately one foot ahead of a Ford driven by Joe Weatherly. Trailing Herb Thomas in the drivers' title chase by mere points with one race remaining, Baker seems out of contention in the closing laps as Joe Weatherly in his DePaolo Ford enjoys a comfortable lead. Misfortune strikes Weatherly after exhausting his fuel supply on the final lap, yet the driver maintains enough speed to coast across the finish first as dejected runner-up Baker sprints past. In an incredulous moment for all involved, Baker car owner Carl Kiekhaefer protests the result, alleging that the scoring stand, positioned a few yards downtrack towards Turn 1, actually serves as the official finish and that Baker deserves the victory for reaching the same before the coasting Weatherly. Confounded NASCAR officials huddle to settle the dispute and after a few hours of wrangling among the stewards, Kiekhaefer, and Weatherly car owner Pete DePaolo, NASCAR awards the victory in favor of Baker, thus handing him the Grand National drivers' title despite Weatherly taking the checker. Photo Credit:
1950 I Southern 500 Darlington, South Carolina 1950 I Southern 500 At Darlington, South Carolina on the egg-shaped paved circuit for the inaugural Southern 500 in September, the first asphalt speedway operating in the Grand National series, a Westmoreland Plymouth under Johnny Mantz takes race honors in 6:38:40 (average 75.25 mph), over nine laps ahead of an Oldsmobile entry. U.S. Senator and strident Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond from South Carolina presides over the festivities attended by an unanticipated 25,000 spectators. Eighty-five entries start the contest. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.