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 NASCAR’s first paved super speedway, Darlington Raceway hosts Southern 500, first 500-mile event in NASCAR history; winner Johnny Mantz in a Plymouth
  • 1952-07-01 The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside of the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada
  • 1953-09-01 Buck Baker takes lead with 10 laps remaining to win the Southern 500 at Darlington in the most competitive event in NASCAR Grand National history; four drivers swap lead a record 35 times
  • 1953-11-01 Herb Thomas, driving his own No. 92 Hudson Hornet wraps up the NASCAR Grand National Championship with 14th-place in 100-mile finale at Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway; Thomas first repeat champion of the series
  • 1954-11-01 Lee Petty with 32 top-10 finishes from 34 races wins NASCAR Grand National Championship by 283 points from Herb Thomas; Petty fails to finish season ending Wilkes 160
  • 1956-08-04 Lee Petty dismounts car on lap 32, waves red flag to field because of dusty conditions at NASCAR Grand National at Tulsa, Oklahoma; race halted and never completed
  • 1959-02-22 Inaugural Daytona 500: Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp cross finish line side by side; Beauchamp declared unofficial winner; ruling overturned after 3 days by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr
  • 1962-10-28 Jo Weatherly in a Pontiac finishes 2nd to Rex White in season-ending Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to clinch his 1st of 2 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships
  • 1963-11-03 Joe Weatherly finishes 7th in the season ending Golden State 400 at Riverside International Raceway; retains NASCAR Sprint Cup by 2,228 points from 14-time winner Richard Petty
  • 1963-12-01 Wendell Scott wins the Grand National Series Jacksonville 200 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the first black driver to win a race at NASCAR's premier level

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1967-02-26 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins his first and only NASCAR Grand National event; only time driver born outside the US has ever won the Great American Race

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1967-10-01 Richard Petty continues phenomenal NASCAR winning streak by taking the Wilkes 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway; unprecedented 10th consecutive victory
  • 1968-11-03 David Pearson is declared NASCAR Grand National champion as Cale Yarborough wins season ending Peach State 200 at Jefferson, Georgia; Pearson finishes 126 points ahead of Bobby Isaac to secure his 2nd title
  • 1969-02-01 In his first start in a Ford, legendary driver Richard Petty wins the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California; previous 92 NASCAR victories were in Plymouths

  • 1971-08-01 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings
  • 1977-02-20 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins his 2nd Great American Race; Janet Guthrie first female NASCAR Cup Series driver; finishes 12th
  • 1981-11-01 Darrell Waltrip wins his 4th straight NASCAR Cup race, the American 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway; ties Richard Petty record 1967; 12th win of season; goes on to win Winston Cup crown
  • 1985-09-01 Bill Elliott claims a $1 million bonus for winning 3 of the 4 crown jewel races on the NASCAR schedule: the Daytona 500, Winston 500 and Southern 500
  • 1986-04-30 Bill Elliott sets all-time NASCAR qualifying record, winning pole for the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway; 212.809 mph (342.483 km/h; 44.998 seconds)
  • 1987-04-03 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • 1993-04-01 Reigning NASCAR Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki perishes in a private plane crash en route to Bristol for the Food City 500
  • 1994-02-20 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins his first NASCAR race; Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr killed in separate practice incidents
  • 1998-03-01 Mark Martin drives his Ford Taurus to victory in the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Martin finishes 1.6 seconds ahead of teammate Jeff Burton
  • 2004-10-24 10 people including NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick and 4 family members are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway in Virginia; plane owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports
  • 2005-09-04 20 year old Kyle Busch becomes youngest driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race when he out duels Greg Biffle in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway
  • 2007-07-07 Sprint-Nextel and NASCAR announce NASCAR Nextel Cup Series renamed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008
  • 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 driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by 1 point from Ryan Newman
  • 2015-05-20 NASCAR 2016 Hall of Fame inductees: Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte and Jerry Cook

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2015-11-22 Kyle Busch driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • 2016-11-20 Jimmie Johnson driving for Hendrick Motorsports, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim record equalling 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Richard Petty & Dale Earnhardt, 7 titles
  • 2017-02-26 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch wins after Kyle Larson runs out of gas on last lap; Jeffrey Earnhardt makes NASCAR history, 1st ever 4th generation driver to compete in Daytona 500
  • 2017-11-19 Martin Truex Jr., driving for Furniture Row Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by 5 points from Kyle Busch

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1911-07-14 Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1916-07-31 Louise Smith, American auto racer (tied for 2nd woman to race in top level NASCAR), born in Barnesville, Georgia (d. 2006)
  • 1922-05-29 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1924-04-12 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), born in Floyd, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • 1925-10-02 Paul Goldsmith, American auto and motorcycle racer (USAC stock car champion 1961-62; 127 NASCAR starts, 9 wins), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1929-09-17 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1931-06-28 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), born in Wilkes County, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1932-01-03 Coo Coo Marlin, American auto racer (NASCAR nine top 5, 51 top 10 finishes in 165 Winston Cup starts), born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)
  • 1933-04-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1934-10-01 Neil Castles, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National East Series Champion 1972), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1937-07-02 Richard Petty, American auto racer (7 x NASCAR Championship, 7 x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1940-01-10 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • 1941-01-25 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1941-03-01 Dave Marcis, American auto racer (NASCAR Winston Cup Series 1975 runner-up; 5 career wins, 94 top-fives and 222 top-tens), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1941-07-23 Richie Evans, American 9 time NASCAR Modified Champion, born in Westernville, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1943-04-19 Robert Yates, American auto racing team owner and engine builder (Yates Racing, NASCAR), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1945-09-21 Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • 1949-07-12 Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner and car dealer, born in Palmer Springs, Virginia
  • 1951-04-29 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1954-12-14 Alan Kulwicki, American auto racer and owner (NASCAR Winston Cup drivers' and owners' champion 1992), born in Greenfield, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1955-08-13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver (first Japanese to compete in NASCAR's top series), born in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • 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), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • 1958-05-20 Mike Stefanik, American auto racer (9 NASCAR Modified Championships), born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1961-09-24 Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • 1963-03-12 John Andretti, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series: 2 wins, 37 top tens, 4 poles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1963-06-27 Johnny Benson Jr., American NASCAR driver, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1963-11-03 Shigeaki Hattori, Japanese auto racer and team owner (Hattori Racing Enterprises: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2018), born in Okayama, Okayama
  • 1966-05-24 Ricky Craven, American NASCAR driver, born in Newburgh, Maine
  • 1969-08-05 Kenny Irwin Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 1970-03-12 John Nemechek, American NASCAR driver (d. 1997)
  • 1970-11-07 Andy Houston, American NASCAR driver, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • 1971-01-01 Scott Riggs, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year 2002), born in Bahama, North Carolina
  • 1974-10-10 Dale Earnhardt Jr., American auto racer, team owner and broadcaster (Daytona 500 2004, 14; Busch Series 1998-99), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • 1975-09-17 Jimmie Johnson, American auto racer (7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion), born in El Cajon, California
  • 1975-12-08 Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1976-03-01 Travis Kvapil, American auto racer (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion 2003), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • 1976-06-03 Jamie McMurray, American NASCAR driver
  • 1977-12-08 Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver, born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1979-06-05 Jason White, American NASCAR driver
  • 1979-08-15 Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • 1980-04-02 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1980-06-29 Martin Truex Jr, American auto racer (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion 2017), born in Mayetta, New Jersey
  • 1980-08-21 Paul Menard, American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1981-02-26 Kertus Davis, American auto racer (competition director NASCAR team JD Motorsports), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1981-03-23 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • 1984-02-12 Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver, born in Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • 1985-05-02 Kyle Busch, American auto racer, (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2015), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1987-10-02 Ricky Stenhouse Jr, American auto racer (NASCAR Nationwide Series champion 2011-12), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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

  • 1964-01-19 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
  • 1964-07-02 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1962), dies from injuries in May 24 crash at 35
  • 1970-10-04 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), dies in aeroplane crash at 46
  • 1984-12-07 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • 1985-10-24 Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver, dies in a car crash at 44
  • 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 auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • 1993-04-01 Alan Kulwicki, American auto racer and owner (NASCAR Winston Cup drivers' and owners' champion 1992), dies in plane crash at 38
  • 1995-11-02 Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), dies at 84
  • 2000-07-07 Kenny Irwin, Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), dies in a crash during practice at 30
  • 2001-02-18 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49
  • 2004-10-24 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), dies in plane crash at 24
  • 2005-08-14 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, dies at 73
  • 2006-04-15 Louise Smith, American auto racer (tied for 2nd woman to race in top level NASCAR), dies of cancer at 89
  • 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
  • 2017-10-02 Robert Yates, American auto racing team owner and engine builder (Yates Racing, NASCAR), dies from cancer at 74
  • 2019-09-15 Mike Stefanik, American auto racer (9 NASCAR Modified Championships), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2019-12-20 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2020-01-30 John Andretti, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series: 2 wins, 37 top tens, 4 poles), dies from colon cancer at 56
  • 2020-04-12 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), dies at 90