These are "factoids"taken directly from my 2010 Nascar Daily Trivia Calendar.....posted in 2 week segments.....Some of it is well known, but some might not be......nice to revisit it anyway........**Please note: anything with 2 asteriks before it, is info that I have added.
16th: The Truck's debuted at the 1994 Daytona 500 and ran 4 races that year. In 1995 Nascar picked it up to run a full season and originally named it the Super Truck Series.
17th: March 23/2002 Harvick was suspended and put on probation for fighting with Biffle in the Bristol Busch race. Harvick had to go through Anger Management classes. during his suspension.
18th: When fans are asked which driver was the most adamant against the HANS device back in 2000-2001, they almost always say Dale Earnhardt. But it was Tony Stewart who was the most vocal against using it.Stewart claimed that until Nascar redesigned the roll cages, drivers would not be able to get out or be extricated from their cars.
19th: Jimmie Johnson won the 2006 Daytona 500, without his Crew Chief Chad Knaus, who was suspended and removed from the race. Ironically, Johnson with his Crew Chief, finished very poorly in the next 3 Daytonas (39th in 2007, 27th in 2008, 31st in 2009)....**35th in 2010.
20th: Feb 13,1982 Dale Earnhardt wins the first Nascar Busch Series Race at Daytona. It would take him 20 tries to win the Cup version.
21st: Feb 1989 Daytona 500. Darrell Waltrip gets 132.5 miles from his final tank of fuel to win the Daytona 500 in his 17th try. He beats HMS teammate Kenny Schrader, Dale Earnhardt, HMS driver Geoff Bodine and Phil Parsons. Waltrip celebrates his win, with a modifed version of the "Ickey Shuffle".....** The Ickey Shuffle was a famous touchdown celebration, done by the former NFL fullback Elbert "Ickey" Woods of the Cincinnati Bengals, each time he would score a touchdown.
22nd: The Alabama Gang is a nickname given to some Nascar drivers, who set up shop in Hueytown Alabama. These drivers were successful throughout the 1960'2 and early half of the 1970's. The original members were Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Davey Allison, Red Farmer, David Bonnett, Neil Bonnett, Jimmie Means and Hut Strickland......** Dale Earnhardt was not considered part of this Gang, but was close friends with them and often hung out with them at their shop.
23rd: March 16,1997 the Nascar Busch Series runs a 300 miler at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is the first time this series has raced west of the Mississippi. Jeff Green wins for the Diamond Ridge owned Team.
24th: January 26. 1947 Red Byron, returning to stock car racing after an ill fated attempt at AAA sponsored Indy Racing, wins the season opening 160 mile race on the beach course in Daytona. Two years later, 1949, he would emerge as Nascar's first "Strictly Stock Car" Champion.......** Strictly Stock Car was the first official name of the Nascar Cup Series. In 1950 it changed to the Grand National.
25th: March 23, 1997 Dale Jarrett, son of 1965 Mountain Dew Southern 500 winner, Ned Jarrett, wins the Trans South 400 at Darlington Raceway. This made him only the 2nd, second-generation to win on Nascar's first paved Superspeedway. The first was Buck Baker and his son Buddy Baker, who had 5 combined victories at the track. (Buck 3, Buddy 2).
26th: January 24,1940 Nascar founder and long time President Bill France Sr. was declared the National Stock Car Champion. His full name was William Henry Getty France and there were only 3 races held in 1940.....**the races stopped for a few years after that, due to the war.
27th: March 4, 1961 Wendell Scott, of Danville Va, became the first African American to join the Grand National Cup on a full time basis. His debut was at the Piedmont Interstate Speedway in Spartanburg SC and he finsihed 17th, driving a 1960 Chevrolet.....** In 1963, he finished 15th in points. On Dec 1st that year, driving a Chevrolet Bel Air, purchased from Ned Jarrett, he won a race on the one-mile dirt track at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida = the first and to date, only top level NASCAR event won by an African-American. (Scott was not announced as the winner of the race at the time, presumably due to the thinking of the time. Buck Baker, the second-place driver, was declared the winner, until NASCAR issued a correction a few days later). He continued to be a competitive driver despite his low-budget operation through the rest of the 1960s. In 1964, Scott finished 12th in points, despite missing several races. Over the next five years, Scott consistently finished in the top 10 in points. His top year in winnings was 1969 when he won $47,451. He was forced to retire due to injuries from a racing accident at Talladega in 1973. He had achieved one win and 147 top ten finishes, in 495 career Grand National starts. ** The 1977 film Greased Lightning, starring Richard Pryor, was loosely based on Scott's biography.
28th: January 16,1975 Ricky Rudd outperforms his brother, Al, in a two man test session, held at a Virginia short track, to see which one of them would get to try their hand at Nascar Grand National Cup Racing.