Today In NASCAR History

1949: Bob Flock rolls from the pole position to win the third-ever race in NASCAR’s premier series, a 200-lap main event at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, N.C. Flock edged runner-up Gober Sosebee and third-place Glenn Dunnaway to claim the $2,000 winner’s check at the mile-long dirt track. Jim Roper, winner of the first-ever NASCAR Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup) race, finished 15th in his only other start in the series. Red Byron, NASCAR’s first champion in its top division, had his worst finish of his title campaign. He wound up 22nd in the 28-car field after being collected in a four-car crash that injured Sara Christian.

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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.