Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, United States. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, Motocross; the track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5-mile high-speed tri-oval, a 3.56-mile sports car course, a 2.95-mile motorcycle course, a 1,320-foot karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre infield includes the 29-acre Lake Lloyd; the speedway is operated by International Speedway Corporation. The track was built in 1959 by NASCAR founder William "Bill" France, Sr. to host racing, held at the former Daytona Beach Road Course. His banked design gave fans a better view of the cars. Lights were installed around the track in 1998, today it is the third-largest single lit outdoor sports facility; the speedway has been renovated four times, with the infield renovated in 2004 and the track repaved in 1978 and 2010.
On January 22, 2013, the fourth speedway renovation was unveiled. On July 5, 2013, ground was broken on "Daytona Rising" to remove backstretch seating and redevelop the frontstretch seating; the renovation was by design-builder Barton Malow Company in partnership with Rossetti Architects. The project was completed in January 2016, cost US $400 million, it emphasized improved fan experience with five expanded and redesigned fan entrances, as well as wider and more comfortable seats, more restrooms and concession stands. After the renovations were complete, the track's grandstands had 101,000 permanent seats with the ability to increase permanent seating to 125,000; the project was finished before the start of Speedweek in 2016. NASCAR founder William France Sr. began planning for the track in 1953 as a way to promote the series, which at the time was racing on the Daytona Beach Road Course. France met with Daytona Beach engineer Charles Moneypenny to discuss his plans for the speedway, he wanted the track to have the highest banking possible to allow the cars to reach high speeds and to give fans a better view of the cars on track.
Moneypenny traveled to Detroit, Michigan to visit the Ford Proving Grounds which had a high-speed test track with banked corners. Ford shared their engineering design of the track with Moneypenny, providing the needed details of how to transition the pavement from a flat straightaway to a banked corner. France took the plans to the Daytona Beach city commission, who supported his idea and formed the Daytona Beach Speedway Authority; the city commission agreed to lease the 447-acre parcel of land adjacent to Daytona Beach Municipal Airport to France's corporation for $10,000 a year over a 50-year period. France began working on building funding for the project and found support from a Texas oil millionaire, Clint Murchison, Sr. Murchison lent France $600,000 along with the construction equipment necessary to build the track. France secured funding from Pepsi-Cola, General Motors designer Harley Earl, a second mortgage on his home and selling 300,000 stock shares to local residents. Ground broke on construction of the 2.5-mile speedway on November 25, 1957.
To build the high banking, crews had to excavate over a million square yards of soil from the track's infield. Because of the high water table in the area, the excavated hole filled with water to form what is now known as Lake Lloyd, named after Joseph "Sax" Lloyd, one of the original six members of the Daytona Beach Speedway Authority. 22 tons of lime mortar had to be brought in to form the track's binding base, over which asphalt was laid. Because of the extreme degree of banking, Moneypenny had to come up with a way to pave the incline, he connected the paving equipment to bulldozers anchored at the top of the banking. This allowed the paving equipment to pave the banking without rolling down the incline. Moneypenny subsequently patented his construction method and designed Talladega Superspeedway and Michigan International Speedway. By December 1958, France had begun to run out of money and relied on race ticket sales to complete construction; the first practice run on the new track was on February 6, 1959.
On February 22, 1959, 42,000 people attended the inaugural Daytona 500. Its finish was as startling as the track itself: Lee Petty beat Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish that took three days to adjudicate; when the track opened it was the fastest race track to host a stock car race, until Talladega Superspeedway opened 10 years later. On April 4, it hosted a 100 mi Champ Car event which saw Jim Rathmann beat Dick Rathmann and Rodger Ward, at an average speed of 170.26 mph, at the time the fastest motor race ever. It was sadly the occasion of Daytona's first fatality: George Amick, attempting to overtake for third late in the race, hit a wall and was killed. April 5, a scheduled 1,000 km sports car event was won by Roberto Mieres and Fritz d'Orey, who shared a Porsche RSK, which proved more durable than more potent competition. Lights were installed around the track in 1998 to run NASCAR's July race, the Coke Zero 400 at night; the track was the world's largest single lighted outdoor sports facility until being surpassed by Losail International Circuit in 2008.
Musco Lighting installed the lighting system, which took into account glare and visibility for aircraft arriving and departing nearby Daytona Beach International Airport, costs about $240 per hour when in operation. Daytona's tri-oval is 2.5 mile
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Since 2017, it has been named for its sponsor, Monster Energy, but has been known by other names in the past; the series began in 1949 as the Strictly Stock Division, from 1950 to 1970 it was known as the Grand National Division. In 1971, when the series began leasing its naming rights to the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, it was referred to as the Winston Cup Series. A similar deal was made with Nextel in 2003, it became the Nextel Cup Series. Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005, in 2008 the series was renamed the Sprint Cup Series, which lasted until 2016. In December 2016, it was announced that Monster Energy would become the new title sponsor starting in 2017; the championship is determined by a points system, with points being awarded according to finish placement and number of laps led. The season is divided into two segments. After the first 26 races, 16 drivers, selected on the basis of wins during the first 26 races, are seeded based on their total number of wins.
They compete in the last ten races, where the difference in points is minimized. This is called the NASCAR playoffs; the series holds strong roots in the Southeastern United States, with half of the races in the 36-race season being held in that region. The current schedule includes tracks from around the United States. Regular season races were held in Canada, exhibition races were held in Japan and Australia; the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race, had a television audience of about 9.17 million U. S. viewers in 2019. Cup Series cars are unique in automobile racing; the engines are powerful enough to reach speeds of over 200 mph, but their weight coupled with a simple aerodynamic package make for poor handling. The bodies and chassis of the cars are regulated to ensure parity, electronics are traditionally spartan in nature. In 1949, NASCAR introduced the Strictly Stock division, after sanctioning Modified and Roadster division races in 1948. Eight races were run on the Daytona Beach beach/street course.
The first NASCAR "Strictly Stock" race was held at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949. Jim Roper was declared the winner of that race after Glenn Dunaway was disqualified for having altered the rear springs on his car; the division was renamed "Grand National" for the 1950 season, reflecting NASCAR's intent to make the sport more professional and prestigious. It retained this name until 1971; the 1949 Strictly Stock season is regarded in NASCAR's record books as the first season of GN/Cup history. Martinsville Speedway is the only track on the 1949 schedule. Rather than having a fixed schedule of one race per weekend with most entrants appearing at every event, the Grand National schedule has included over sixty events in some years. There are two or three races on the same weekend and two races on the same day in different states. In the early years, most Grand National races were held on dirt-surfaced short oval tracks that ranged in lap length from under a quarter-mile to over a half-mile, or on dirt fairgrounds ovals ranging from a half-mile to a mile in lap length.
One hundred ninety-eight of the first 221 Grand National races were run on dirt tracks. Darlington Raceway, opened in 1950, was the first paved track on the circuit over one mile long. In 1959, when Daytona International Speedway was opened, the schedule still had more races on dirt racetracks than on paved ones. In the 1960s as superspeedways were built and old dirt tracks were paved, the number of races run on dirt tracks was reduced; the last NASCAR race on a dirt track was held on September 30, 1970 at the half-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Richard Petty won that race in a Plymouth, sold by Petty Enterprises to Don Robertson and rented back by Petty Enterprises for the race. Between 1971 and 2003, NASCAR's premier series was called the Winston Cup Series, it was sponsored by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company cigarette brand Winston. In 1971, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act banned television advertising of cigarettes; as a result, tobacco companies began to sponsor sporting events as a way to spend their excess advertising dollars and to circumvent the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act's ban on television advertising.
RJR's sponsorship became more controversial in the wake of the 1998 Tobacco Industry Settlement that restricted avenues for tobacco advertising, including sports sponsorships. The changes that resulted from RJR's involvement in the series as well as from the reduction in schedule from 48 to 31 races per year established 1972 as the beginning of NASCAR's "modern era"; the season was made shorter, the points system was modified several times during the next four years. Races on dirt tracks and on oval tracks shorter than 250 miles were removed from the schedule, transferred to the short-lived NASCAR Grand National East Series. NASCAR's founder, Bill France Sr. turned over control of NASCAR to Bill France Jr.. In August 1974, France Jr. asked series publicist Bob Latford to design a points system with equal points being awarded for all races regardless of length or prize money. This system ensured that the top drivers would have to compete in all the races in order to become the series champion.
This system remained unchanged from 1975 until the Chase for the Championship was instituted in 2004. Since 1982, the Daytona 500 has been the first non-exhib
2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
The 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was the seventh season of the Craftsman Truck Series, the third highest stock car racing series sanctioned by NASCAR in the United States. Jack Sprague of Hendrick Motorsports was crowned drivers' champion. See also: 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, 2001 NASCAR Busch Series The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 was held on February 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Joe Ruttman won the pole. Top Ten Results 18-Joe Ruttman 17-Ricky Hendrick 2-Scott Riggs 90-Lance Norick 61-Randy Tolsma 29-Terry Cook 20-Coy Gibbs 3-Bryan Reffner 52-Lyndon Amick 14-Rick Crawford The Florida Dodge Dealers 400K was held March 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Top Ten Results 1-Ted Musgrave 60-Travis Kvapil 24-Jack Sprague 2-Scott Riggs 17-Ricky Hendrick 61-Randy Tolsma 43-Carlos Contreras 14-Rick Crawford 18-Joe Ruttman 29-Terry CookThis was the first career NASCAR major racing series win for Ted Musgrave. Failed to qualify: none The OSH 250 was held March 17 at Mesa Marin Raceway. Ted Musgrave won the pole.
Top Ten Results 1-Ted Musgrave 24-Jack Sprague 62-Brendan Gaughan 66-Rick Carelli 2-Scott Riggs 18-Joe Ruttman 29-Terry Cook 17-Ricky Hendrick 75-Billy Bigley 61-Randy TolsmaFailed to qualify: none The Advance Auto Parts 250 was held April 7 at Martinsville Speedway. Joe Ruttman won the pole. Top Ten Results 2-Scott Riggs 60-Travis Kvapil 29-Terry Cook 18-Joe Ruttman 61-Randy Tolsma 88-Matt Crafton 14-Rick Crawford 3-Bryan Reffner 17-Ricky Hendrick 99-Nathan HaseleuFailed to qualify: Brian Sockwell, Willy T. Ribbs, Stan Boyd, Dana White, Jim Mills, Rodney Sawyers The Ram Tough 200 Presented by Pepsi was held May 6 at Gateway International Raceway. Ted Musgrave won the pole. Top Ten Results 1-Ted Musgrave 2-Scott Riggs 29-Terry Cook 14-Rick Crawford 60-Travis Kvapil 17-Ricky Hendrick 88-Matt Crafton 24-Jack Sprague 46-Dennis Setzer 75-Billy BigleyFailed to qualify: none The Darlington 200 was held May 12 at Darlington Raceway. Jack Sprague won the pole. Top Ten Results 4-Bobby Hamilton 52-Ken Schrader 2-Scott Riggs 14-Rick Crawford 18-Joe Ruttman 60-Travis Kvapil 29-Terry Cook 88-Matt Crafton 75-Billy Bigley 99-Nathan HaseleuFailed to qualify: none The Jelly Belly 200 was held May 20 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
Scott Riggs won the pole. Top Ten Results 18-Joe Ruttman 2-Scott Riggs 24-Jack Sprague 1-Ted Musgrave 17-Ricky Hendrick 88-Matt Crafton 60-Travis Kvapil 46-Dennis Setzer 14-Rick Crawford 50-Chuck HossfeldFailed to qualify: none The MBNA E-Commerce 200 was held June 2 at Dover International Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole. Top Ten Results 2-Scott Riggs 24-Jack Sprague 17-Ricky Hendrick 1-Ted Musgrave 20-Coy Gibbs 92-Stacy Compton 52-Ken Schrader 18-Joe Ruttman 88-Matt Crafton 60-Travis Kvapil The O'Reilly 400K was held June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole. Top Ten Results 24-Jack Sprague 41-Brendan Gaughan 3-David Starr 18-Joe Ruttman 17-Ricky Hendrick 1-Dennis Setzer 20-Coy Gibbs 61-Randy Tolsma 43-Carlos Contreras 99-Nathan HaseleuFailed to qualify: Frog Hall The Memphis 200 was held June 23 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Jack Sprague won the pole. Top Ten Results 46-Dennis Setzer 2-Scott Riggs 18-Joe Ruttman 84-Chad Chaffin 20-Coy Gibbs 1-Ted Musgrave 17-Ricky Hendrick 90-Lance Norick 99-Greg Biffle 88-Matt Crafton The GNC Live Well 200 was held June 30 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Jack Sprague won the pole. Top Ten Results 1-Ted Musgrave 24-Jack Sprague 60-Travis Kvapil 29-Terry Cook 99-Kurt Busch 18-Joe Ruttman 75-Billy Bigley 52-Ken Schrader 88-Matt Crafton 17-Ricky HendrickFailed to qualify: none The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 was held July 7 at Kansas Speedway. Dennis Setzer won the pole. Top Ten Results 17-Ricky Hendrick 1-Ted Musgrave 46-Dennis Setzer 50-Jon Wood 75-Billy Bigley 60-Travis Kvapil 2-Scott Riggs 14-Rick Crawford 20-Coy Gibbs 99-Nathan HaseleuFailed to qualify: Doug Keller The Kroger 225 was held July 14 at Kentucky Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole. Top Ten Results 2-Scott Riggs 18-Joe Ruttman 24-Jack Sprague 60-Travis Kvapil 46-Dennis Setzer 17-Ricky Hendrick 50-Jon Wood 61-Randy Tolsma 29-Terry Cook 75-Billy BigleyFailed to qualify: Michael Dokken, Phil Bonifield, Conrad Burr, Rodney Sawyers The New England 200 was held July 21 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole. Top Ten Results 24-Jack Sprague 60-Travis Kvapil 46-Dennis Setzer 17-Ricky Hendrick 1-Ted Musgrave 29-Terry Cook 52-Ken Schrader 18-Joe Ruttman 92-Stacy Compton 88-Matt CraftonFailed to qualify: none The Power Stroke Diesel 200 was held August 3 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Joe Ruttman won the pole. This race marked the NASCAR debut of sixteen-year-old Kyle Busch. Top Ten Results 24-Jack Sprague 29-Terry Cook 18-Joe Ruttman 4-Bobby Hamilton 60-Travis Kvapil 14-Rick Crawford 88-Matt Crafton 46-Dennis Setzer 99-Kyle Busch 08-Bobby DotterFailed to qualify: Jim Mills, Howard Bixman, Mike Harmon, G. J. Mennan, Scotty Sands, Morris Coffman, Bob Coffey The Federated Auto Parts 200 was held August 10 at Nashville Superspeedway. Scott Riggs won the pole. Top Ten Results 2-Scott Riggs 1-Ted Musgrave 14-Rick Crawford 18-Joe Ruttman 60-Travis Kvapil 29-Terry Cook 99-Greg Biffle 1-Dennis Setzer 90-Lance Norick 20-Coy Gibbs The Sears Craftsman 175 was held August 18 at Chicago Motor Speedway. Joe Ruttman won the pole. Top Ten Results 2-Scott Riggs 46-Dennis Setzer 90-Lance Norick 60-Travis Kvapil 14-Rick Crawford 29-Terry Cook 1-Ted Musgrave 18-Joe Ruttman 24-Jack Sprague 41-Brendan Gaughan The Chevy Silverado 200 was held August 26 at Nazareth Speedway. Terry Cook won the pole.
Top Ten Results 99-Greg Biffle 29-Terry Cook 24-Jack Sprague 14-Rick Crawford 17-Ricky Hendrick 50-Jon Wood 75-Billy Bigley 1-Ted Musgrave 18-Joe Ruttman 90-Lance HooperFailed to qualify: Clay Young, Ed Spencer III The Kroger 200 was held September
Bobby Hamilton Racing
Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia is a disbanded NASCAR racing team. It was owned by four-time Winston Cup winner and 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Bobby Hamilton until his death on January 7, 2007. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. was given ownership after the death of his father, but the younger Hamilton disavowed his relationship with the company. The company was last run by Sr's widow, Lori Hamilton; the company based in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee made plans to move to Martinsville, Virginia after announcing a partnership with Arrington Manufacturing in December 2007 as its new owners were based in the Virginia area, with Mac Bailey, Stacy Compton, Clay Campbell, Joey Arrington all being Virginians. BHR was started by Hamilton and a friend in 1996 in the fledgling Truck Series as an after hours project for Hamilton as well as to serve as development program for Bobby Hamilton, Jr.. The elder Hamilton debuted the team in 1997 at Heartland Park Topeka, as the No. 1 Chevrolet sponsored by Southern Pride Trucking.
He finished sixth. He ran another race that year at Martinsville Speedway, as the No. 51. He finished fifth in that race. Hamilton suffered mechanical failures in each of them. Meanwhile, Bobby Hamilton Jr. whom the team was designed for, was building up a successful career in the ARCA series signed on to drive for Sadler Brothers Racing in the Busch Series. The team made its first start in the Cup Series at the 2000 Pennzoil 400 as the No. 57 Chevrolet. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. finished thirty-third, six laps down. BHR did not run the Cup Series again until 2005. Hamilton Sr. had a best finish of 27th at the Allstate 400. The No. 04 truck made its debut as a brand new team in 2004. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. won the pole at Nashville Superspeedway. With sponsorship from Hyde Park Electronics, Hamilton Jr. finished 4th. Hamilton Sr. was the full-time driver in 2005 and won two races total that season and finished 6th in points. Hamilton moved to the No. 18 in 2006, rookie Scott Lagasse, Jr. took over with Dodge Hemi as the sponsor.
Lagasse did not finish higher than 18th. Sammy Sanders, David Stremme, Timothy Peters drove the truck in one race in addition; the team did not run the first half of the 2007 schedule, ran two races with Joe Ruttman driving, with a best finish of 33rd. Patrick Carpentier drove at Bristol in 2008 for one race, he finished 26th after a late crash. Hamilton began racing the No. 4 in 1999 with sponsorship from Dana Holding Corporation. Driving in five races, Hamilton won the pole at Richmond International Raceway and had a best finish of fourth. Olivier Beretta drove the truck in one race at Heartland Park Topeka. Hamilton drove another five races in 2000. Donny Morelock made an additional four starts that year, his best finish 19th at Michigan International Speedway. In 2001, Hamilton picked up another win at Darlington Raceway, while Hamilton Jr. made his Truck Series debut at The Milwaukee Mile, finishing 33rd. In 2002, the No. 4 team began running full-time with Brian Rose as the driver. He began the season with four top-tens in the Perry Construction truck, but was released midway through the season.
Hamilton, Hamilton Jr. Joe Ruttman, Rick Bogart, Ryan Hemphill finished the season in the truck, allowing the team to finish seventeenth in the standings. In 2003, Hamilton Sr. left his Andy Petree Racing Winston Cup ride to drive the No. 4 full-time with sponsorship Square D. He finished sixth in points; the following season, he won an additional four races and was named the Craftsman Truck Series champion. Hamilton moved to the No. 04 team in 2005. Casey Atwood signed to drive the No. 4 Baileys truck for three races, finishing 11th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Development driver Timothy Peters took over and drove for seventeen races, finishing in the top-ten twice and was runner-up to Todd Kluever for Rookie of the Year. Chris Fontaine, Erin Crocker, John Mickel in other races towards the end of the season. Peters was named the team's full-time driver in 2006 and competed in sixteen races in the truck with a sixth-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile; when he signed a contract with Richard Childress Racing, Peters was removed from the ride and replaced with Dodge driver Chase Miller.
He had a best finish of tenth but was released before the 2007 Quaker Steak and Lube 200. 2002 Truck Series Champion Mike Bliss drove the No. 4 in 11 out of the final 14 races of the 2007 season, with Kevin Hamlin supplementing the rest of the schedule. Ruttman raced the 4 at Texas. New co-owner Stacy Compton drove the No. 4 full-time in 2008 with sponsorship from various Dodge dealerships across America. After the fall Bristol race, the No. 4 team closed due to a lack of funding. The No. 8 truck debuted in 2001 with Willy T. Ribbs as the driver. In his rookie season, Ribbs drove in 23 races and had three top-twenty finishes, finishing 16th in points, but was replaced by Bill Lester in 2002, he finished seventeenth in points and ended the season with three consecutive top-ten qualifying runs. The following season, Lester won his first career pole at Lowe's Motor Speedway and scored his first top-ten finish at Kansas Speedway. Lester left for Bill Davis Racing at the end of the year. Chase Montgomery was hired to drive the No. 8 in 2004, which now ran under the moniker BHR2 as Montgomery's father Ray had purchased an ownership stake in the team.
Montgomery failed to finish in the top-ten that seas
Coke Zero Sugar 400
The Coke Zero Sugar 400 is an annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race at Daytona International Speedway. First held in 1959, the event consists of 160 laps, 400-mile, is the second of two major stock car events held at Daytona on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, the other being the Daytona 500. Since its inception, it has been traditionally held around United States' Independence Day. Since 1988, the race has been scheduled for the first Saturday of July – that closest to July 4. In 1998, it became the first restrictor plate and Daytona race to be held at night; the Coke Zero Sugar 400 falls at or near the midpoint of the NASCAR season. From 2001–14, it was the 18th race of the season, from 2015–17, it swapped dates with Kentucky. In 2018, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 will return to the 18th race of the season as the Chicagoland was moved to the 17th race of the season. From 1984 to 2007, the race was sponsored by PepsiCo, for many years was known as the Pepsi 400. In 2008, as part of a multi-year deal between ISC and The Coca-Cola Company which made it the exclusive beverage supplier of ISC's tracks, including Daytona, Coca-Cola was granted the title sponsorship rights for the race.
It was subsequently named for the Coca-Cola Zero brand. With Coke Zero becoming Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in 2018, the race will now be known as the Coke Zero Sugar 400; the event is known for its close finishes, posting a 0.154 s average margin of victory in its last 21 races including the tied fourth closest margin of victory in NASCAR Cup Series history at 0.005 s. Erik Jones is the defending winner of the race. Prior to the opening of the track, prior to the inaugural Daytona 500, tentative plans were made to host a 300-mile USAC Championship race on Independence Day weekend of 1959. However, following two separate fatal accidents to drivers Marshall Teague and George Amick, speedway officials cancelled the race, citing dangerously high speeds, as well as low turnout. Bill France Sr. announced plans to hold a 100-lap/250-mile NASCAR stock car race instead, scheduled for July 4. The race was named the Firecracker 250, because the race would be held on the United States' Independence Day. S. Independence Day celebrations.
Bill France announced on July 1 that the winner of the race would receive the Marshall Teague Memorial trophy, a trophy honoring and commemorating the life of Teague, who had died in February. The trophy had been presented by Teague's widow; the inaugural race was held on July 4, 1959. It was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. to limit the possibility of afternoon interference from thunderstorms common to Florida, to exploit the potential for competitors meeting relatives and friends for an afternoon of fun at the nearby beaches. Before the race, preliminary activities took place, including a Miss Dixie pageant, where twenty aspiring pageant winning hopefuls marched to showcase their bathing suits. With 12,900 spectators in attendance the race ran its scheduled 250 miles with no caution flags, with a 57-second lead over runner-up Joe Weatherly, Daytona Beach native Fireball Roberts won in dominating fashion leading 84 of 100 laps. Over the course of the next three years a couple of NASCAR's top drivers would go on to win the Firecracker 250, including Jack Smith, David Pearson and a repeat victory in 1962 for Fireball Roberts.
Expansion was needed. In just three years from the race's inaugural event attendance had grown by more than 10,000 spectators, as tourists flocked to the beaches for the holidays. In 1963, the race was expanded from 100 laps to 160 laps, for a distance of 400 miles and subsequently became known as the Firecracker 400. In the same year, Fireball Roberts drove his 1963 Ford to victory, becoming the first driver to win back-to-back events beating Fred Lorenzen. Roberts was unable to go for three straight wins due to his death on July 2, 1964. Richard Petty was the man to beat during the sixth annual 400-mile July race, but on lap 103, engine problems cost him a chance at victory. Over the course of the final 56 laps, Bobby Isaac and rookie teammate A. J. Foyt swapped the lead 15 times. Coming out of the fourth turn, Foyt was able to edge out Isaac to the stripe. One year Foyt got his second career win, becoming the second driver to win back-to-back Firecracker races. Foyt did not try to defend the title of reigning race winner in 1966.
Instead it was the dark horse 1965 Rookie of the Year driver Sam McQuagg winning the race. McQuagg collected his first and only NASCAR victory driving a 1966 Dodge Charger while utilizing a new racing mechanism: the rear'spoiler'; the air cutting spoiler allowed McQuagg to shatter Foyt's 151.451 mph race average set two years prior. Only two cars finished on the lead lap and the margin of victory to second place driver Darel Dieringer was sixty-six seconds. In late March 1969 William France, Sr. invited all surviving Medal of Honor recipients to attend the July 4 race, dubbed the Medal of Honor Firecracker 400. Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee would arrange for the heroes and their families to be flown in via military aircraft. 100 members from 31 states would attend the race with Thomas J. Kelly the president of The Medal of Honor Society as the grand marshal. With success France Sr. invited them on two more occasions in 1971 and 1973, won by Bobby Isaac and David Pearson respectively.
In 1974, the maneuver used by David Pearson to win his third straight Firecracker race would be talked about well after he crossed the stripe. After collecting the white flag
Gander Outdoors 400 (Dover)
The Gander Outdoors 400 is the second of two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car races held at Dover International Speedway in Dover, the other one being the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. It is held on the first weekend of October, it is the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series' Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs after the 2018 realignment. NBC has the rights to obtain the final 20 races including this race. 2005 and 2018: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. 2012: Brad Keselowski's win marked the last win for Dodge. 1971: Bobby Allison dominated the race until a lug bolt broke on a pit stop, putting Richard Petty into the lead in the final 100 laps en route to the win. 1975: Richard Petty put the entire field two laps down until at Lap 350 he ran over debris from a backmarker's blown engine that broke a tie rod. Petty came out six laps down. While Lennie Pond blew his engine Petty erased all six laps, but needed a late yellow when Buddy Arrington stopped on the track with fifteen to go.
Petty breezed to the win, leaving runner-up Dick Brooks angry at Arrington, who'd purchased a transporter from Petty Enterprises: "I guess Arrington needed that truck paid for." 1976: Cale Yarborough lost two laps on two separate occasions and made them up en route to the win. 1977: Benny Parsons dominated the race after Lap 250. 1978: Bobby Allison won after a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic for a checkup. 1979: Richard Petty, Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough battled over the final 30 laps. 1980: Darrell Waltrip took the win, his final for DiGard Racing. 1981: Neil Bonnett stormed to his second win in the 1981 season's last three races as hard-luck Harry Gant led 178 laps but blew his engine with 63 laps to go. 1983: Bobby Allison edged Geoff Bodine for the win, his sixth of the season en route to his only Winston Cup title. 1986: Ricky Rudd took his first Dover win as title contenders Dale Earnhardt and Tim Richmond crashed and raced each other with damaged race cars despite being multiple laps down.
1991: Multiple crashes put Harry Gant alone on the lead lap for his third straight win of September 1991. 1992: Ricky Rudd edged Bill Elliott as Alan Kulwicki crashed, putting him out of the season point chase. 1993: Tire failures and crashes, including a multi-car melee detonated when Rusty Wallace hammered another car into the path of the leaders, plagued the 1993 500 won by Wallace. 1995: In a race with only five yellows Jeff Gordon and Bobby Hamilton dominated en route to a 1-2 finish. 1996: Gordon and Dale Earnhardt battled amid an epidemic of crashes. Ernie Irvan crashed ahead of Derrike Cope and crew chief Larry McReynolds attacked Cope in the garage area. A three-car melee led to a near-brawl on Wally Dallenbach, Jr.. Following this race NASCAR raised the sanction fee for a 500-mile race, forcing Dover to cut back to 400 miles. 1998: Mark Martin won while Matt Kenseth finished sixth in his first career start. 2000: Tony Stewart went on to win the season sweep at Dover. This race marked the first career start for driver Kurt Busch who replaced driver Chad Little in the John Deere Ford.
2001: In the first NASCAR sanctioned Cup race following the September 11, 2001 attacks, a silent lap 3, a season-long scheduled event in memory of Dale Earnhardt who had died in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500, was changed to include the memory of the victims of the attacks. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race and celebrated by doing a Polish victory lap while holding an American flag in salute. 2006: Jeff Burton broke a 175 race winless streak passing Matt Kenseth with 8 laps to go. This was a emotional win for Jeff. 2009: Joey Logano flipped 8 times in turn 3 after being tapped by Tony Stewart, though a couple cars ahead of Logano had braked going into the corner. Logano suffered no injuries from the wreck. 2013: Jimmie Johnson held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to take his eighth win at Dover, breaking a tie with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most all-time wins at the track. For Johnson, it allowed him to redeem himself for the restart line violation that had cost him a shot at winning the race in June.
2017: Chase Elliott dominated the final stage of the race and was on the way to his first career win until Kyle Busch passed him coming to the white flag. Kyle Busch won fourth of the season. Racing-Reference.info - Dover International Speedway Race Results NASCAR Commentators Crews and Networks Another Rough Week For NASCAR: 2.4 Rating For AAA 400
Pennzoil 400 (Las Vegas)
The Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first of two races at Las Vegas with the other one being the South Point 400 in the playoffs; the inaugural race was held in 1998. For several years, the race was sponsored by United Auto Workers and DaimlerChrysler. From its inception, the race was run at a distance of 400 miles except 2009, 427 miles; the extra 27 miles in the 2009 race were added by the sponsers Carroll Shelby International. The race is unique in; the race was part of the No Bull 5 challenge from 1999 to 2002. From 2001 until 2008, this race carried a sponsorship from Chrysler. For the first six of those years, the race was known as the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 to reflect Chrysler's partnership with then-DaimlerBenz. After Daimler sold Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management, the race became known as the UAW-Dodge 400 for the 2008 race. Carroll Shelby International took over as a sponsor for 2009 and 2010, with the 2009 race adding 27 miles as part of the sponsorship in honor of the Shelby 427 Cobra.
Lowe's, through its Kobalt Tools subsidiary, became the race's title sponsor for 2011. The race was called the Kobalt Tools 400 from 2011 to 2013 before becoming the Kobalt 400 for 2014 to 2017. For the 2018 season, the race became the Pennzoil 400. 2000: Race shortened due to rain. 2006: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. Last race to use old track layout. 2007: First race to use on new track layout. 2013: Matt Kenseth won on his 41st birthday. NASCAR Commentators Crews and Networks