History is a big part of racing, and the history of short track racing runs deep. At certain points during the year, Speed51 will use our new “Throwback Thursday” segment to look back on some of the biggest stories from years past. During each edition of Throwback Thursday, we will revisit stories previously published on Speed51.
2012: On this date in 2012, a future NASCAR Cup Series driver jumped into a Tour-type Modified and visited victory lane at New Smyrna Speedway. Daniel Hemric, who now competes for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, competed in open-wheeled cars before he really made a name for himself driving Late Models. Hemric’s victory came while driving for the historic Hillbilly Racing Team against some stellar competition.
Let’s look back at the story from that night at New Smyrna: http://web.archive.org/web/
2014: On this date in 2014, Justin Bonsignore was victorious for the first time in his career at New Smyrna Speedway during the World Series. His victory was also the first race for SPAFCO since 2001 at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
1977: Riche Evans won the final night of racing during the 1977 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing at New Smyrna. The win helped cement his first championship at New Smyrna, which ended up being the first of six over an eight-year span.
1972: Gary Bettenhausen was victorious in a USAC Midget race at San Jose Speedway (CA), the third stop on the 1972 USAC Midget Tour. It was the first of his four wins that season.
1954: Cotton Owens won the first race of the National Modified Schedule on the sand at Daytona Beach. He drove a 1938 Plymouth to victory over Herb Thomas.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51