Today In NASCAR History


1961: Fred Lorenzen drives a Holman-Moody Ford to a runaway victory in the Festival 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Lorenzen, who started fifth, led 52 of 167 laps in lapping the field at the 1.5-mile track. Bob Welborn finished second, one lap down, and Richard Petty rallied from 39th starting position to take third, three laps off the pace. It was the only season that the Atlanta track, which opened in 1960, hosted three races for NASCAR’s top series in the same season.

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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.