Today in NASCAR History


1980: Dale Earnhardt races to his second triumph in NASCAR’s premier series, driving from the 31st starting spot to win the Atlanta 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Earnhardt leads 50 laps, including the final 29, to win by 9.55 seconds. Finishing second was rookie driver Rusty Wallace, making his first Cup series start in a Roger Penske-owned Chevrolet. NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison took third.

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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.