Posted: 08/06/09 10:37 AM
Here are some random NASCAR history facts, you can read more here: http://www.nascar.com/news/features/today.in.history/index.html
• Aug. 6 -- 2004: Brothers Michael and Darrell Waltrip compete against each other in a NASCAR race for the last time. Darrell "wins" the duel, finishing 28th in the Truck Series Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Michael crashes and completes 14 of the 200 laps in finishing last (36th).
• Aug. 5 -- 1979: Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 Cup races, picks up his only Cup win in an Oldsmobile, winning the Talladega 500. David Pearson is second and Ricky Rudd third.
• Aug. 4 -- 1957: Buck Baker wins the first Cup race at Watkins Glen, The Glen 101.2, by nearly a half-mile over Fireball Roberts. Baker starts from the pole and leads all 44 laps on the 2.3-mile road course. Tiny Lund is the only other driver to finish on the lead lap.
• Aug. 3 -- 1956: Jim Paschal wins the only Cup race run in the state of Oklahoma, beating Ralph Moody by a quarter of a lap in a 200-lap race at the half-mile dirt track at Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. They are the only two drivers in the field of 12 to finish on the lead lap.
• Aug. 2 -- 1953: Herb Thomas wins the only Cup race run in Iowa, a 200-lap event on the half-mile dirt track of Davenport Speedway. Buck Baker finishes second in the 14-car field, and Lee Petty is third.
• Aug. 1 -- 1992: Joe Nemechek wins at Indianapolis Raceway Park by 4.06 seconds over Robert Pressley for his first Nationwide Series victory. Nemechek wins again three weeks later and goes on to win the series title by three points over Bobby Labonte. (Continued)