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CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 1976 DAYTONA 500 ON WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS

Richard Petty and David Pearson duel for the win in what is arguably the most exciting Grand National finish in NASCAR history. Bill Flemming, Jackie Stewart, and Chris Economaki commentate ABC's Wide World of Sports coverage.

CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 2001 NASCAR WINSTON CUP DAYTONA 500

 
It was a day where the much-anticipated 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season would begin, a day where the brand new $2.4 billion dollar TV contracts with Fox, FX, NBC, and Turner would take center stage. A day where Dodge would make its return to NASCAR after a 24-year hiatus, and a day where millions of fans in attendance and at home would watch the 43rd running of 'The Great American Race', the Daytona 500.

MONTE DUTTON – THANKSGIVING ON THE ROAD

It’s Thanksgiving, and I might order a pizza. Generations have passed, the family has wings and my nephew is having the feast at his house on Saturday evening so that he and Jessica can show off their young’uns at another wing.

This is the second time in my life this has happened. The first was in 2001 when a race in Loudon, N.H., was postponed on account of 9/11 and run on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I couldn’t care less about Black Friday if it was puke green, but the rest of the gypsy troupe and I flew up to brave the elements, which didn’t really require much bravery. The race was run on Friday because, allegedly, NASCAR president Mike Helton had a wedding to attend on Saturday, and he was in a position to make such arrangements work.

CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 1979 NASCAR WINSTON CUP DAYTONA 500

Relive the entire 1979 Daytona 500 that saw Richard Petty grab the victory and spawned 'the fight' that put the sport of NASCAR on the map.

CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 1980 WORLD 600, CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

The 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup World 600, a 600-mile race run at Charlotte Motor Speedway, was a monster to complete at 5 hours and 1 minute. A whopping 113 miles were completed under caution. This was race No. 13 of 31 scheduled events.

DOCUMENTARY: AMERICAN STOCK: THE GOLDEN ERA OF NASCAR

American Stock: The Golden Era Of NASCAR provides excellent insight into the formation of NASCAR into one of the greatest series for automobile racing. This three=part series covers everything from the the early years of NASCAR to the beach racers of Daytona to the whiskey runners.

The three-part series is both entertaining and educational. 

CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 1985 NASCAR WINSTON CUP VALLEYDALE MEATS 500, BRISTOL, TENN.

 
The 1985 Valleydale Meats 500 from Bristol, Tenn., was a survival of the fittest event with 19 lead changes and 13 cautions for 125 laps. Check this event for a popular winner and a gaggle of NASCAR's modern day legends including the late Dale Earnhart. Classic coverage on ESPN.

A SIX-PACK FOR SMOKEY: MADDEN WINS INAUGURAL DRYDENE XTREME DIRTCAR SERIES RACE AT CHEROKEE

 

From the spectator line forming outside Cherokee Speedway at 9:30 a.m. waiting to get in, to announcer Rick Eshelman’s The Most Extreme Super Late Models in the Southeast four-wide call, the inaugural race of the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series lived up to its hype with the huge crowd, terrific car count and great racing on Sunday afternoon at the 29th annual Blue Gray 100.

Thirty-eight of the Southeast’s best Super Late Model drivers came out to take part in the first race of this brand-new Series, posting the best car count the event has seen since 2007.

CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 1980 TALLADEGA 500, TALLADEGA, ALA.

In today's NASCAR Flashback, we bring you action from the 1980 Talladega 500 from Alabama International Motor Speedway on August 3rd, 1980.

MONTE DUTTON - ON JIMMIE THE GREAT

 

Jimmie Johnson is retiring, at least from full-time competition, at the end of 2020. That’s 7-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. He won six straight, which no one else has ever done. Only two other drivers, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, have ever won seven.

That’s Jimmie Johnson who failed to win a race this year. It’s also Jimmie Johnson to whom I have not talked since 2012, at least not 1-on-1.

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