Today In NASCAR History

1969: Richard Brickhouse prevails in the first Talladega 500, a race marked by a boycott of around 30 drivers because of safety concerns and other grievances. The protest at the new 2.66-mile speedway turned into an attempt to unionize the top drivers; the effort ultimately fizzled after NASCAR chairman Bill France Sr. insisted the show go on and ran a well-attended race without them. Brickhouse led the final 11 laps of his only career win in NASCAR’s top series, beating Jim Vandiver and Ramo Stott to the line in a field dotted with replacement drivers.

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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.