Another good race is in the can.
I never thought I’d live to see another 200 plus mph qualifying lap, mainly because I figured Nascar would not allow it. Truth be told, I wasn’t following Nascar in the pre restrictor plate days ( except in the ” Wide World Of Sports ” era ), so I actually never saw any.
So the key for Jr. all along was to have a black car and maybe a superhero on board. Without either, he’s got a championship season in the works and it doesn’t hurt to have a win or two. However, unbeknownst to him, his saloon, Whisky River, gives free drinks when he wins, so he may not want to make it a habit.
I’ll have to wait a few weeks to verify, but MRN streaming may be on to my scheme of hearing the action a few seconds ahead of the TV. Very sad.
6.10.79: @ Riverside, Dale Earnhardt won the pole in his first ever road course race.
6.10.67: @ Birmingham, a half hour after the checkers and subsequent to car owner Cotton Owens filing a protest, Bobby Allison was declared the winner. Nascar had missed one of his laps on an official scorecard.
If Ned was in the booth we’d know what’s up with Tim Bender.
By Gary Erdakos
Ref: racing-reference.info, Greg Fielden’s “Forty Years of Stock Car Racing”, Richard Sowers’ “The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing”.