Today In NASCAR History

1975: Richard Petty laps the field in scoring a dominant Volunteer 500 triumph in the latest date a Bristol Motor Speedway race has fallen on the calendar. Petty led 218 of the 500 laps, finishing a lap ahead of runner-up Lennie Pond. Darrell Waltrip took third, two laps back at the finish. The race was switched from a July date to November to avoid the oppressive summer heat. It eventually settled on a late August date, which is now the traditional spot on the schedule for the .533-mile track’s annual night race.

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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.