The year was 1983, and a young Rusty Wallace was about to have a year that would put him on the map.
On this date in 1983, Wallace won at Mobile International Speedway with the All Pro Super Series. Wallace beat out Freddie Fryar, Tom Jones, Butch Miller and Mike Eddy. Gary Balough led over 100 laps before having problems and not finishing this event.
Wallace did well on the Gulf Coast that year. In July, he went back and won a doubleheader at Five Flags Speedway and again at Mobile the next night.
Along the way Wallace won nine times (by our records) on his way to win the American Speed Association title. His wins came in a number of different series from ARTGO to ASA to the NASCAR Grand American Series. He was very good across the board. He had 21 top five finishes in 36 recorded starts, with nine wins against the best of the time period.
1984 saw Rusty go to NASCAR, and the rest is history, as they say.
1983: Also on this day in 1983, Greg Sacks tops the Icebreaker field at Thompson Speedway to start the season. George Kent was second and Richie Evans rounded out the podium. Evans had won the last two Icebreaker events, but Sacks dethroned him in 1983.
1993: Back in 1993, M.K. Kanke wins his first of his series-leading 22 career NASCAR Southwest Tour events. His first came at Cajon Speedway (CA) as he beat Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Ken Boyd for the win. Kanke led 94 of the 100 laps. He finished in the top four in Southwest Tour points seven times, but was never the series champion.
1999: Frank Fleming beats Junior Miller to win the first race of the 1999 SMART Modified Tour. Fleming had 21 career wins to Miller’s 39 career wins as they were some of the best to ever race in the series. Miller would go on to win his sixth championship that year.
2010: Clay Rogers dominated the Racing Electronics 250 at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) in 2010 with the USAR Pro Cup Series. Benny Gordon was second and John Gibson was third. Rogers led 147 of the 250 laps. Rogers won seven races that year, including five in a row at one point on his way to the championship.
2010: All American Speedway was the backdrop for what was Derek Thorn’s first career SRL Southwest Tour Series win. Back in 2010, he beat Thomas Martin for his first win in the series and now he is the all-time leader with 42 wins.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: Patrick Nash