Today In NASCAR History

1961: Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett rolls to victory at Fairgrounds Raceway in Birmingham, Ala., outrunning Jim Paschal to score his eighth victory in NASCAR’s top series. Paschal wound up second with Jack Smith third, both two laps down at the finish on the half-mile dirt track. Only eight of the 13 starters were running at the end of the 200-lap race. The win was Jarrett’s only triumph on the way to his first championship at NASCAR’s top level; he also won the 1965 title.

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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.