Today In NASCAR History

September 29, 2012


1974: Earl Ross of Canada becomes just the second driver born outside the United States to win at NASCAR’s highest level, winning the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Ross, driving for NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, led the final 79 laps after teammate Cale Yarborough retired with engine failure. He beat runner-up Buddy Baker to the checkered flag by one lap, with third-place Donnie Allison finishing three laps down. Italian-born Mario Andretti, Colombia’s Juan Pablo Montoya and Australian Marcos Ambrose are the only other foreign-born drivers with wins in NASCAR’s premier series.