Sunday, August 28, 2011

This Week in NASCAR History 8/28-9/3

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.

Courtesy of JanetGutherie.com
August 28, 1977: Janet Guthrie finishes sixth at Bristol‘s Volunterer 500. This would be her best NASCAR Grand National effort.

Credit: John Walczak
August 29, 1992: Darrell Waltrip scampers to victory in the Bud 500 at Bristol, the first race at the facility since the track was resurfaced with concrete

Gordon drives past Mikey Waltrip (in the No. 21) for his eighth  win of the 1998 season.
August 30, 1998: Jeff Gordon wins at New Hampshire International Speedway, his eighth win of the 1998 season. He would later go on to capture his 3rd NASCAR Winston Cup Championship.

Credit: Craig Jones/Getty Images

August 31, 1997: Jeff Gordon prevails in a fender-rubbing final lap skirmish with Jeff Burton to win Darlington’s Mountain Dew Southern 500 and the Winston Million bonus. Gordon is the first driver to pocket the $1 million bonus since Bill Elliott won in the inaugural offering in 1985.

Fonty Flock (yes in shorts) stands by his car prior to the Southern 500.
September 1, 1952: Fonty Flock, wearing Bermuda shorts and a short-sleeve shirt, takes the lead just before the halfway point and motors to victory in the third annual Southern 500 at Darlington.

Cale Yarborough (in his trademark cowboy hat) talks with his crew chief
September 2, 1968: Cale Yarborough nips David Pearson by four car lengths and wins the Southern 500 at Darlington. It is Yarborough’s record fourth super speedway win of the season.

Credit: Associated Press
September 3, 2000: Bobby Labonte, who fails to lead a single green-flag lap, wins the rain shortened Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. After starting 37th, Labonte grabs the lead with a quick caution-flag pit stop and is out front when a thunderstorm brings the race to a halt.

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