Today In NASCAR History

1979: Bobby Allison uses a late-race surge past Richard Petty to win the Northwestern Bank 400 at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. Petty, who led 211 of the 400 laps, fades to 3.5 seconds back at the checkered flag. Pole-starter Benny Parsons takes third as Dale Earnhardt claims fourth, matching his best finish to that point in his career.


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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.