Today In NASCAR History

1961: Fireball Roberts laps the field twice to win the final NASCAR Grand National race at Marchbanks Speedway in Hanford, Calif. Roberts, driving the only Pontiac in the 36-car field, leads all 178 laps on the 1.4-mile asphalt track. Eddie Gray finishes two laps down in second place with Danny Letner three laps back in third.

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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.