Today In NASCAR History

1972: Pole-starter Richard Petty laps the field on a steamy day at Texas World Speedway, leading 186 of 250 laps to win the Lone Star 500. Bobby Allison finished second, one lap down at the end. Coo Coo Marlin took third place, six laps off Petty’s pace. Only 25 of 44 starters were running at the finish, with 14 retiring with engine failure.

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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.