Sunday, August 21, 2011

This Week in NASCAR 8/21-8/27

This week in NASCAR is a look back at the weekly happenings in NASCAR's extensive history. Join us, as we reminisce about the memorable events in the history books.

Kyle Busch sweeps Bristol.
Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR
August 21, 2010: Kyle Busch becomes the first driver in NASCAR history to win all three races in the same weekend. His win on Saturday gives him nine career wins at Bristol--four in Cup, two in Nationwide, and three in the Truck series.

Richard Petty claims his 100th career win.
August 22nd, 1969: Richard Petty takes his Ford to the win at Bowman Gray Stadium. It is Petty's 100th career Cup Series victory.

One of NASCAR's early pioneers, Ralph Moody claimed victory
on August 23, 1956 but this is not his only credit to his name.
August 23, 1956: Ralph Moody wins at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, NC. Moody would later become famous as team co-owner of Holman Moody.

Gordon snapped a 31 race losing streak at Bristol by beating Rusty Wallace with
just three laps to go. Credit: Mark Humphrey/AP
August 24, 2002: Jeff Gordon nudges his way past Rusty Wallace with three laps to go and ends a 31-race losing streak with a triumph in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol. Fifteen caution flags dot the crash-marred contest.

Ernie Irvan claimed his first NASCAR victory at Bristol
on August 25, 1990.
August 25, 1990: Ernie Irvan passes Dale Earnhardt in the final 50 miles and speeds to his first NASCAR Winston Cup victory in Bristol’s Busch 500.

This mangled wreck is the winning car of Terry Labonte.
Credit: Bristol Motor Speedway
August 26, 1995: Terry Labonte slides across the finish line just ahead of Dale Earnhardt to win the Goody’s 500 at Bristol. Earnhardt slaps Labonte sideways on the final lap in a bid for the win. Labonte’s Chevy crashes into the concrete barrier just after taking the checkered flag.

Credit: Craig Taylor/Getty Images
August 27, 1988: Dale Earnhardt holds off Bill Elliott to win the Busch 500 at Bristol. Elliott takes a 16-point lead over Rusty Wallace in the championship chase.

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