Way Back Wednesday: Evans Won Three Races on This Date

On this date in history we find that NASCAR Hall of Famer and Modified ace Richie Evans won three times at three different tracks in three different states.


Evans luck on May 13 started with a win at Lancaster National Speedway in his home state of New York in 1972.  He would go on to finish 12th in points in the NASCAR Modified division that year.


Six years later, Evans won at the famed Riverside Park (MA) in 1978. He would go on to win the National Modified title that year, and according to our records he won 24 times that year while chasing NASCAR points.


The last of his May 13 wins came in 1982 when he took the checkered flags at New Egypt Speedway (NJ).  This was one of 12 documented NASCAR points-paying wins. The victory was part of his door step to a fifth-straight Modified title, a streak that would continue until his death in 1985.


In all, Evans has 481 career wins to his credit and it may be more because of the way statistical records were kept in the 60s and 70s.


Other Dates

1956 – Nelson Stacy won a 100-lap MARC (Midwest Association for Race Cars) race at Fort Wayne Speedway (IN).  Pat Kirkwood finishes second, with Jack Harrison third and 1950 NASCAR Cup Champion Billy Rexford fourth.  The sanctioning body previously known as MARC is now known today as ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America).


Stacy would move south, and in 1962 in consecutive events he won the Rebel 300 at Darlington and the World 600 at Charlotte. Those wins came on the heals of winning the Southern 500 in 1961 as a 40-year-old rookie.  The three-time ARCA champ would win at Martinsville in 1961 before returning to Ohio.


1995 – On his way to back-to-back Iceman Super Car Series titles, Dennis Berry scored a victory at Auto City on this date in 1995. Berry was a three-time champion in this division.  In the race at Auto City Speedway, he beat Matt Hunter, Dave Kuhlman, Fred Campbell and Tim Curry.


2006 – Jack Pennington won a Carolina Clash event at I-20 Speedway (SC).  Pennington won both Clash races held at the track in 2006, and the track closed a year later.  Later that season, he was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.


-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy

-Historical Photo

Way Back Wednesday: Evans Won Three Races on This Date