Today In NASCAR History

1952: Donald Thomas, brother to NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Herb Thomas, drives a Fabulous Hudson Hornet to his only victory in NASCAR’s premier series at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. Donald Thomas led just nine of the 100 laps, taking command after his brother retired with a broken axle while leading with 14 laps left. The victory made Thomas the youngest winner in NASCAR’s top series at 20 years, 4 months and 5 days. The record stood until 2005 when Kyle Busch bettered the mark by three days with his first Sprint Cup victory at Auto Club Speedway. The youth mark is currently held by Joey Logano, who was 19 years, 1 month and 4 days old when he broke through at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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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.