This Week in NASCAR Sept. 18-23

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

Mark Martin announces he is staying in NASCAR full time, driving the No. 5 at Hendrick
Motorsports through 2011. Credit: Getty Images
September 18, 2009: Mark Martin announces he will drive full-time through the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season when he will be 52 years old.

Joe Nemechek captures his first career Cup Series win in 1999.

September 19, 1999: Joe Nemechek pulls a shocking upset by winning the Dura Lube/Kmart 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. It is Nemechek’s first career NASCAR Winston Cup win and the first victory for team owner Felix Sabates since 1995.

Jimmy Pardue passed away during a test crash at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
September 20, 1964: Jimmy Pardue, who ranked fourth in the points at the time, dies in a tire-test crash at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Pardue is the third NASCAR driver to lose his life during the 1964 season.

From 2 laps down to the win, Ryan Newman wins at Dover.
September 21, 2003: Ryan Newman makes up a two-lap deficit to win the MBNA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Prior to the race, NASCAR implemented a rule that prohibits racing back to the caution flag, and gives a lap back to drivers who aren’t on the lead lap. The new rule was announced in the wake of drivers narrowly avoiding a collision with Dale Jarrett’s crashed car a week earlier in New Hampshire.

Harry "Mr September" Gant wins his fourth consecutive race at Martinsville.
September 22, 1991: Harry Gant the new “Mr. September,” grabs his fourth consecutive win at Martinsville Speedway, overcoming a crash late in the race that knocks him a lap off the pace.

After running down Richard Petty, Bobby Allison claims his second win of the season in the Wilkes 400.
September 23, 1973: Bobby Allison runs down Richard Petty on the final lap to win the Wilkes 400 at North Wilksboro Speedway. It was Allison’s second win of the season.
This Week in NASCAR Sept. 18-23 This Week in NASCAR Sept. 18-23 Reviewed by Kristin Weaver on Sunday, September 18, 2011 Rating: 5