Today In NASCAR History

November 12, 2012

1995: Dale Earnhardt dominates the race but comes up short in the final standings as Jeff Gordon clinches his first championship in NASCAR’s premier series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon, who entered the season-ending NAPA 500 with a commanding 147-point lead, clinched the title early by gaining five bonus points for leading a lap and then coasted to a 32nd-place finish. Earnhardt, who led 268 of 328 laps, wound up 34 points shy of notching a record-breaking eighth championship. Sterling Marlin finished second with Rusty Wallace third.