This Week in NASCAR Sept. 4-10

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.

Cale Yarborough wins his fourth Southern 500 on September 4, 1978.
September 4, 1978: Cale Yarborough scores his fourth win in the Southern 500. Terry Labonte, making his NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National debut, finishes fourth. DK Ulrich is suspended for the remainder of the season after a wreck reveals he has an illegal nitrous oxide bottle in his Chevrolet.

Pearson claimed his second straight win at Darlington.
September 5th, 1977: David Pearson takes his 2nd straight victory in Darlington's Southern 500. After a wreck midway through the event - Cale Yarborough coins Darrell Waltrip's nickname "Jaws" after being taken out by him in the crash.

Jarrett (No.11) wins an astonishing 14 laps ahead of Buck Baker
at Darlington.
September 6, 1965: Title bound Ned Jarrett wins the Southern 500 at Darlington. Jarrett crossed the finish line 14 laps ahead of runner up Buck Baker, the largest margin of victory in NASCAR's Grand National History. Buck’s son, Buddy, ended up driving relief for him. Rookie Buren Skeen is fatally injured in a lap three crash.

The first race held at Martinsville Speedway was in September of 1947.
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September 7, 1947: Martinsville Speedway in the latest track to join the NASCAR circuit. The new track in Martinsville, Virginia opens to a large crowd. Red Byron finishes first in a 50-lap event that is marred by deplorable dust conditions

Ricky Rudd and Kevin Harvick - who would later play bumper tag for the win at RIR.
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September 8, 2001: Ricky Rudd prevails in a game of bumper-tag with Kevin Harvick and wins the Chevrolet 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Harvick bunches Rudd out of the lead with 18 laps remaining, but Rudd returns the favor 12 laps later.

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The Chase field was set after the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Kasey Kahne clenched the final spot, knocking out Tony Stewart.
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September 9, 2006: Kasey Kahne finishes third in the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway to claim in the last spot in the annual Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup. Defending champ Tony Stewart is out of the top 10 after finishing 18th.

Richard Petty clenched his fourth Winston Cup title.
September 10, 1972: Buddy Baker edges AJ Foyt by a half car length at the finish line to win the season ending Texas 500 at Texas World Speedway. Richard Petty finishes third and clinches his fourth NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National championship.
This Week in NASCAR Sept. 4-10 This Week in NASCAR Sept. 4-10 Reviewed by Kristin Weaver on Sunday, September 04, 2011 Rating: 5