Today In NASCAR History

1982: NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip edges Buddy Baker by a car-length at Talladega Superspeedway to become the first repeat winner of the Talladega 500. Waltrip started second and led 107 of the 188 laps — including the final 17 — in a Junior Johnson-owned Buick. Baker led 12 laps in his runner-up effort, and Richard Petty wound up third. The track promoted the event as “13 races, 13 faces” for its variety of winning drivers. Waltrip showed up at a Talladega news conference the following year with a T-shirt reading “14 races, 13 faces. Sorry about that.”

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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.