NASCAR in History

Events in Sport

  • 1947-12-14 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • 1948-02-21 NASCAR is incorporated.
  • 1950-09-04 Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
  • 1987-04-03 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • 2004-10-24 10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.
  • 2012-11-18 Brad Keselowski wins the 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup
  • 2013-11-17 Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth time
  • 2014-11-16 Kevin Harvick wins the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • 2015-05-20 NASCAR 2016 hall of fame inductees: Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte and Jerry Cook

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1931-06-28 Junior Johnson, American NASCAR driver
  • 1933-04-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1937-07-02 Richard Petty "The King", American NASCAR Driver (7x NASCAR Championship, 7x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1940-01-10 Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
  • 1941-01-25 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1941-07-23 Richie Evans, 9 time NASCAR Modified Champion (died at Martinsville in 1985)
  • 1945-09-21 Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • 1949-07-12 Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner, and car dealer.
  • 1954-12-14 Alan Kulwicki, Greenfield Wisc, NASCAR racer (Winston Cup)
  • 1956-11-16 Terry Labonte, American NASCAR driver
  • 1957-03-04 Rick Mast, American NASCAR driver
  • 1957-06-30 Sterling Marlin, American race car driver (NASCAR)
  • 1961-09-24 Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • 1963-06-27 Johnny Benson, American NASCAR driver
  • 1966-05-24 Ricky Craven, American NASCAR driver
  • 1970-03-12 John Nemechek, American NASCAR driver (d. 1997)
  • 1970-11-07 Andy Houston, American NASCAR driver
  • 1974-10-10 Dale Earnhardt Jr, American NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver
  • 1975-12-08 Kevin Harvick, American NASCAR driver
  • 1976-06-03 Jamie McMurray, American NASCAR driver
  • 1977-12-08 Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver
  • 1979-06-05 Jason White, American NASCAR driver
  • 1979-08-15 Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • 1980-04-02 Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR driver and owner (d. 2004)
  • 1980-08-21 Paul Menard, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver
  • 1981-02-26 Kertus Davis, American NASCAR driver
  • 1981-03-23 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • 1984-02-12 Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006-07-27 NASCAR driver Kurt Busch (27) weds Eva Bryan in Eastville, Virginia
  • 2006-11-07 NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon (38) weds Belgian model and actress Ingrid Vandebosch (36) at the Hacienda de San Antonio Resort in Colima, Mexico
  • 2006-12-27 Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California
  • 2010-12-31 NASCAR driver and team owner Kyle Busch (25) weds model Samantha Sarcinella at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago

Deaths in Sport

  • 1964-07-02 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, biggest NASCAR money winner, dies in crash
  • 1984-12-07 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • 1985-10-24 Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver (b. 1941)
  • 1989-08-13 Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1991-08-11 J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
  • 1992-06-07 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • 2007-01-02 Dan Shaver, NASCAR driver and ARCA race car driver/owner (b. 1950)
  • 2007-01-07 Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • 2007-06-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2009-05-06 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 2009-06-09 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • 2015-08-10 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74