Today In NASCAR History

1962: Richard Petty leads 158 of 200 laps to prevail in the only race for NASCAR’s top series at Golden Gate Speedway’s .3-mile paved track in Tampa, Fla. Petty finished just a car-length ahead of Jim Paschal in a 1-2 sweep by Petty Enterprises Plymouths. Joe Weatherly came home third as the final driver on the lead lap. Sunshine State native Buzzie Reutimann, father to current Sprint Cup Series driver David Reutimann, started 18th and finished 10th in his only start in NASCAR’s premier division.

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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.