This Week in NASCAR September 11-17

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.

Neil Bonnett wins at Richmond and receives a kiss from the sweetest trophy girl, daughter
Kristen. Credit: AP Photo
September 11, 1977: Neil Bonnett scores his first career NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National win in the Capital City 400 at Richmond. Bonnett outruns Richard Petty by seven seconds.

Hershel McGriff stands beside his Oldsmobile prior to the race in Macon, Georgia.
September 12, 1954: Hershel McGriff drives an Oldsmobile to victory in the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National race at Macon, Ga. Tim Flock finishes second in his first start since quitting the tour following his disqualification at Daytona.

Brian France shakes hands with his father Bill France Jr. as he
is named the chairman and CEO of NASCAR. Credit: Getty Images
September 13, 2003: Bill France, Jr steps down as chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASCAR and names his son, Brian, as his successor.

Richard Brickhouse celebrated his first NASCAR win at the Alabama Motor Speedway in
a race with much controversy. Image courtesy of NASCAR.
September 14, 1969: Unheralded Richard Brickhouse drives a winged Dodge Daytona to victory in the inaugural Talladega 500 at the new Alabama International Motor Speedway. The event is boycotted by virtually all the top NASCAR driers.

Orange Speedway was a track with the Richard Petty claim to fame after he finished
seven laps ahead of the field, the track closed shortly there after.
September 15, 1968: Richard Petty finishes seven laps ahead of the field in the 150-mile race at Orange Speedway in Hillsborough, North Carolina. It is the last NASCAR Grand National race stage at the venerable 0.9 mile dirt oval.

Fred Lorenzen stands in front of his car after winning at Augusta Speedway  in a car owned by 19 year old Mamie
Reyonds, Reynolds was the first female car owner to claim victory in NASCAR. Credit:
September 16, 1962: Fred Lorenzen drives a Ford owned by 19 year old Mamie Reynolds to victory in the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National event at Augusta Speedway in Georgia. Reynolds is the daughter of US Senator, Robert R. Reynolds, and is the first female car owner to win a race.

Gordon celebrates his win in the MBNA 500 at Dover.
Credit: David Taylor/Getty Images
September 17, 1995: Jeff Gordon leads 400 of the 500 miles at Dover to nail down an easy triumph in the MBNA 500. Gordon takes a hefty 309-point lead in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings and would go onto claim his first Winston Cup series Championship. 
This Week in NASCAR September 11-17 This Week in NASCAR September 11-17 Reviewed by Kristin Weaver on Sunday, September 11, 2011 Rating: 5