Today In NASCAR History

1962: Fred Lorenzen beat the field and the rain to the finish line to win an abbreviated Atlanta 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring the fourth of his 26 wins in NASCAR’s top division. Banjo Matthews, a part-time competitor best known for his car-building expertise, won the pole and finished second — his best finish in the series. Bobby Johns took third in the race, which was shortened from 334 to 219 laps.

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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.