The Records Petty Doesn’t Own
Richard Petty and Dave Marcis both hold Daytona
500 records that will likely never be broken.
Petty has the most career wins ( 7) in the 500.
Marcis holds the mark for most starts in the Great
American Race ( 33), as well as most consecutive
starts ( 32, from 1968 through 1999). The Wausau,
Wisconsin, native’s best career finish in the
Daytona 500 was sixth in 1975. Terry Labonte and
Petty are tied for the second-most 500 starts ( 32
each). From 1968 through 2002, Marcis made
883 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, earning
five wins, 94 top-five finishes, 222 top-10s and 14
poles. Per Racing-Reference.info, Marcis collected
just over $7.5 million in Sprint Cup Series prize
money during his career. Some of today’s drivers
make more than that in a single season!
IT’S BRISTOL, BABY!
Bristol Motor Speed way, the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” race track, has seen its share of unique history. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt’s first career Cup Series victory came there on, of all things, April Fool’s Day in the 1979 Southeastern 500. Defending
Sprint Cup Series champ Kyle Busch became the first driver to capture wins in all three major
NASCAR series (Sprint Cup, XFINI T Y and Camping World Trucks) during the same weekend
in August 2010. But perhaps the most unique instance happened when Johnny Allen won
Bristol’s inaugural race in 1961. Because Allen served as a relief driver for Jack Smith, the
latter received credit for the victory. Allen would finally earn his one and only official NASCAR
career win the following year at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, N.C.
Auto Club Speed way is located about 60 miles east of Holly wood, but
it has figured in the filming of
several movies over the years.
The two-mile track, which is
celebrating its 20th year of
racing, was built on the site
of a former steel mill, where
the final scene of “Terminator
2: Judgment Day” was filmed
in 1991. Not only did Arnold
Sch warzenegger star in that
film – as well as four of the
five movies to date of the
Terminator franchise – he
returned to the track in 2008
as race grand marshal while
governor of California.
Other movies that have
been filmed at the track in
Fontana, California, include
“Charlie’s Angels” (2000),
“Herbie: Fully Loaded”
(2004) and “The Bucket
List” in 2007.
NASCAR is known for some great racing venues,
but none is more unique than Phoenix International
Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. It’s the only track built
into the side of a hill (aptly named “The Hillside”),
and is also the only track that abuts a Native American reservation: the Gila River Indian Community.
PIR opened in 1964 and, according to the track’s
official history, community members “used to sell
food and drink to race fans too tired to hike all the
way down the hill for concessions.”
NASCAR began racing at PIR in 1975 with the old
NASCAR Winston West Series. The NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series debuted in 1988 with Alan Kulwicki
celebrating his victory by performing a “Polish
Victory Lap” – driving his car backward around the
When Kyle Busch makes a plan, nothing is going to stand in his
way. Sure, it may have taken him 12 seasons to accomplish it,
but Busch ultimately earned his most coveted goal, the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series championship, last season. That’s in addition
to winning the NASCAR XFINIT Y Series championship in 2009
when Sprint Cup Series drivers were still allowed to earn points
and run for the title in NASCAR’s junior league.
Another example of Busch being a man with a plan dates back
to his days at Durango High School in his hometown of Las
Vegas. Wanting to get a jump on his racing career, the younger
Busch brother graduated in just three years – and with honors!
LIGHTS, CAMERA, AC TION!
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW!
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