If you’re a sports fan who enjoys NASCAR betting odds and watching these exciting races, you’re going to love this article.
Today we’re going to go over some of the most memorable moments in the history of NASCAR. These instances left fans reeling and riding an adrenaline high. We can’t forget them, and we’re sure you can’t either. Let’s get started!
1992 Hooters 500: Battle for the Championship
Of course, this series was already unforgettable because it included Jeff Gordon’s debut and Richard Petty’s final race. These two competitors are NASCAR legends, so of course, the 1992 Hooters 500 is memorable all on its own.
However, our top memorable moment goes to the battle for the championship title between Bill Elliott, Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, Harry Gant, Kyle Petty and Mark Martin.
Going into the race, any of them could have easily won. It left fans holding their breath as they watched the event unfold.
Richard Petty’s 200th First Place
On July 4th, 1984, Ronald Reagan gave the starting command via telephone while onboard the Air Force One. It was an exciting start to the Daytona event that became Petty’s 200th win.
Petty still holds the record for most NASCAR wins to this day. However, he never won another race again during the last eight years of his career.
1989 NASCAR All-Star Race: The Tide Slide
Although the All-Star Race doesn’t count for points, the winner receives bragging rights and a whole lot of cash. In 1989, NASCAR fans saw how far some racers are willing to go to cross the finish line first.
Darrell Lee Waltrip led the pack in the final lap, but Rusty Wallace was right on his tail. Right before the finish line, Wallace slammed into the back of Waltrip’s car.
Waltrip spun out, and Wallace won the race. Fans weren’t too happy with Wallace, though, and neither was Waltrip. During a post-race interview, he stated, “I hope he chokes on that $200,000.”
First Daytona 500: Photo Finish
Today, technology has made determining who won the race straightforward, even when it’s a close call. This tech didn’t exist for the first Daytona 500 race in 1959. Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp appeared to cross the finish line simultaneously.
Initially, NASCAR gave the win to Beauchamp. Though, three days after reviewing the photos changed their minds.
1987 Winston: Pass in the Grass
This race was broken into different segments, ending in a 10-lap shootout between Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt. On the third lap, Elliott tried to pass Earnhardt. Earnhardt blocked him, driving so low that he went into the infield grass.
He never lost his lead and managed to muscle back onto the track. The move is now known as the “pass in the grass.”
Our article is entering its final lap; we’ve covered five of the most memorable moments. There are plenty more unforgettable times in NASCAR history. Did we miss your favourite? Make sure to tell us all about it in the comments!
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