Today In NASCAR History

1925: Marty Robbins, the country/western music star who was a popular part-time driver in NASCAR, is born. Robbins, a multiple Grammy winner best known for his hit “El Paso,” made 35 starts over 13 years, mostly driving bright purple and yellow Dodges. His best finish in NASCAR’s top series was fifth at Michigan International Speedway in June 1974. Robbins died of a heart attack in 1982 in Nashville, where he made his fame; Nashville Speedway named its next race the Marty Robbins 420 in his memory.

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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.