On This Day in NASCAR History….

Sunday, April 2, 2000 – On this day in history, NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first series career race at Texas Motor Speedway in his rookie season after leading a race most 106 laps. It was the first of his 26 NASCAR Cup Series career wins. And did so in dominating fashion beating second-place finisher Jeff Burton to the line by 5.92 seconds.

 

Sunday, April 2, 1961 – On this day in history, NASCAR Hall of Famers Cotton Owens and Junior Johnson battled it out at Occoneechee Speedway (Orange Speedway) in Hillsboro, North Carolina. Junior Johnson dominated the race leading 81 laps, but Owens grabbed the lead with 18 to go and won. The 1961 season was the only multi-win season for Owens bringing home four victories in the NASCAR Cup Series on a part-time schedule.

 

Sunday, April 2, 1950 – On this day in history, NASCAR Hall of Famer Tim Flock led 153 of the 200 lap NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte (Old) Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the first ever NASCAR Cup Series race held in the month of April. It was also the Hall of Famer Flock’s first victory of his 39 win NASCAR Cup Series career. 

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