Today In NASCAR History

1923: Smokey Yunick, one on NASCAR’s most colorful and creative car builders, is born. Yunick, who for years operated his well-known garage in Daytona Beach, Fla., competed just once in NASCAR’s top series, running only seven laps in finishing 18th at Palm Beach Speedway in 1952. But Yunick was best known for his performance innovations, many of which skirted the official rule book, and his trademark white coveralls and cowboy hat. Yunick’s cars won 57 times in Cup competition, including the 1961 Daytona 500 with Marvin Panch at the wheel.

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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.