Today In NASCAR History

August 23, 2012

1980: Pole-winner Cale Yarborough wards off Dale Earnhardt’s charge by two car-lengths to win the Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Yarborough led 379 of 500 laps in what would be his last Bristol appearance; the NASCAR Hall of Famer continued on a limited schedule from 1981 on. Darrell Waltrip finished third — come spring, Waltrip would embark on a streak of seven straight Bristol victories. The win allowed Yarborough to chop 10 points off Earnhardt’s lead in the standings, but Earnhardt ultimately prevailed in the championship fight by 19 points for the first of his seven Cup titles.