Today In NASCAR History

1949: Jim Roper makes history, winning the first race in NASCAR’s Strictly Stock division — now Sprint Cup Series — at 3/4-mile Charlotte Speedway. Roper, a horse farmer from Halstead, Kansas, took the checkered flag in second place behind apparent winner Glenn Dunnaway at the end of 200 laps, but Dunnaway’s car was disqualified for having an altered rear suspension. Fonty Flock was second in the final order, with Red Byron — who became the division’s first champion at season’s end — third. Roper, who was credited with leading the final 47 laps, raced only one other time in NASCAR’s premier series, placing 15th later that year at Hillsborough, N.C.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.