Today in NASCAR History

October 5, 2012


1980: Dale Earnhardt holds off Cale Yarborough down the stretch to win the National 500, scoring his first Charlotte Motor Speedway victory. Earnhardt, who led 148 of 334 laps in a Rod Osterlund-owned Chevrolet, finished 1.83 seconds ahead of Yarborough at the 1.5-mile track near his hometown of Kannapolis, N.C. Pole-starter Buddy Baker finished third with Ricky Rudd fourth as the last driver on the lead lap.