Today in NASCAR History


1980: Dale Earnhardt holds off Cale Yarborough down the stretch to win the National 500, scoring his first Charlotte Motor Speedway victory. Earnhardt, who led 148 of 334 laps in a Rod Osterlund-owned Chevrolet, finished 1.83 seconds ahead of Yarborough at the 1.5-mile track near his hometown of Kannapolis, N.C. Pole-starter Buddy Baker finished third with Ricky Rudd fourth as the last driver on the lead lap.

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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.