Today In NASCAR History

1956: Buck Baker starts from the pole position and rallies to win the Virginia 500 by half a lap at Martinsville Speedway. Speedy Thompson led 259 laps and finished second in a 1-2 finish by Carl Kiekhaefer-owned Dodges. Lee Petty was third, three laps off the pace. Baker, who led 125 of the 500 laps in his 19th Cup win, drove a car numbered 502, which remains the highest number to win a race in the history of NASCAR’s premier series.

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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.