Today In NASCAR History

August 7, 2012

1949: Bob Flock rolls from the pole position to win the third-ever race in NASCAR’s premier series, a 200-lap main event at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, N.C. Flock edged runner-up Gober Sosebee and third-place Glenn Dunnaway to claim the $2,000 winner’s check at the mile-long dirt track. Jim Roper, winner of the first-ever NASCAR Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup) race, finished 15th in his only other start in the series. Red Byron, NASCAR’s first champion in its top division, had his worst finish of his title campaign. He wound up 22nd in the 28-car field after being collected in a four-car crash that injured Sara Christian.