Today In NASCAR History


1969: Richard Petty outruns David Pearson for a one-car-length win at Smoky Mountain Raceway in Maryville, Tenn. Petty led 127 of 200 laps on the half-mile asphalt track, where he won six times in his career. Neil Castles settled for third place, five laps behind Petty and Pearson. The Tennessee facility currently operates as a .4-mile dirt track for weekly series.

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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.