Today In NASCAR History

November 16, 2012

1952: Donald Thomas, brother to NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Herb Thomas, drives a Fabulous Hudson Hornet to his only victory in NASCAR’s premier series at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. Donald Thomas led just nine of the 100 laps, taking command after his brother retired with a broken axle while leading with 14 laps left. The victory made Thomas the youngest winner in NASCAR’s top series at 20 years, 4 months and 5 days. The record stood until 2005 when Kyle Busch bettered the mark by three days with his first Sprint Cup victory at Auto Club Speedway. The youth mark is currently held by Joey Logano, who was 19 years, 1 month and 4 days old when he broke through at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.