Timelines : 60's - 70's
The 60ís . . . .
Jan. 31, 1960 -- Television finally discovers NASCAR as the CBS Sports Spectacular airs a two-hour live special on the two qualifying races for the upcoming Daytona 500.
Feb. 8, 1960 -- NASCAR enters drag racing by sanctioning a meet at the Flagler Airport in Flagler Beach, just north of Daytona
Feb. 28, 1960 -- Richard Petty gets the first of his record 200 career NASCAR Winston Cup victories. It's in a 200-lap, 100-mile race at the half-mile dirt Charlotte (N.C.) Fairgrounds Speedway.
March 4, 1961 -- Wendell Scott of Danville, Va. becomes the first African-American to join the NASCAR Winston Cup tour on a full-time basis. His debut at Piedmont Interstate Speedway in Spartanburg, S.C. with a 17th-place finish in a 1960 Chevrolet.
Feb. 24, 1963 -- Tiny Lund, who had helped rescue Marvin Panch from a burning car 11 days earlier, wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race for the Wood brothers.
March 31, 1963 -- Fireball Roberts, in his first start for the potent Holman-Moody Ford team, leads the final eight laps to win the Southeastern 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. He beats teammate Fred Lorenzen, the only other driver in the lead lap, after they renew an old feud by ramming each other during the middle of the race
Jan. 19, 1964 -- Defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion Joe Weatherly is killed during the Motor Trend 500 at the Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway
Jan. 17, 1965 -- Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. introduces its "Racesafe" fuel cell into NASCAR racing at Riverside, Calif. Race.
March 13, 1966 -- Only three of the 13 factory-backed cars finish the Peach Blossom 500 at the N.C. Motor Speedway at Rockingham, but they finish 1-2-8: the Plymouth of Paul Goldsmith, the Ford of Cale Yarborough and the Dodge of David Pearson. Independents Bobby Allison, Harold Smith and John Sears finish third, fourth and fifth.
Jan. 29, 1967 -- Sports car road racer Parnelli Jones wins the rain-delayed Motor Trend 500 at the Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway to snap the four-race RIR winning streak of fellow road racer Dan Gurney.
Feb. 26, 1967 -- Mario Andretti, who later will find fame and fortune in Indy-car and Formula One racing, wins the Daytona 500 in a No. 11 Ford prepared by Holman-Moody.
Feb. 25, 1968 -- Dave Marcis makes his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the Daytona 500. He's the only active driver to have raced in the decade of the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. (Later add the 2000ís to that!)
The 70ís . . . .
March 1, 1970 -- James Hylton gets the first of his two career victories, this one in a 500-lap, 271-mile race at the .542-mile Richmond (Va.) Fairgrounds Raceway.
March 24, 1970 -- Buddy Baker is the first stock car driver to run more than 200 miles per hour. He does it in a winged Dodge Daytona during tire tests at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Jan. 1, 1971-- NASCAR announces a 10 % reduction in all of its NASCAR Winston Cup race distances due to energy crisis.
Jan. 10, 1971 -- NASCAR's ``modern era'' of Winston Cup racing opens as Ray Elder wins the Motor Trend 500 at the Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway.
Jan. 11, 1972 -- NASCAR founder & president Bill France Sr. retires & passes family business control to his sons, Bill & Jim.
Jan. 18, 1972 -- STP executive Andy Grantelli announces his company's sponsorship deal with Richard Petty's No. 43 NASCAR Winston Cup team, an association that continues to this day.
March 12, 1972 -- Bobby Isaac, who had struggled on superspeedways since winning the 1970 NASCAR Winston Cup championship, beats Richard Petty by a full lap in the Carolina 500 at the N.C. Motor Speedway near Rockingham. It was his 37th career victory, but only his third on a superspeedway.
March 14, 1972 -- David Pearson wins the first race in NASCAR's new short-track Grand National East series. It's run at Jax Raceway in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jan. 21, 1973 -- Mark Donohue, who later will make his mark in Trans-Am and Can-Am racing, gets his only career NASCAR Winston Cup victory in the season-opening Winston Western 500 at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway.
March 25, 1973 -- In a stunning display of speed and handling, Cale Yarborough leads all 500 laps of the Southeastern 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Driving for owners Richard Howard and Junior Johnson, he laps the field within the first 100 laps and beats second-place Richard Petty by two laps and third-place Bobby Allison by five.
Jan. 16, 1975 -- Ricky Rudd outperforms his brother, Al, in a two-man test session at a Virginia short track to see which of them gets to try his hand at NASCAR Winston Cup racing.
Feb. 15, 1976 -- Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion David Pearson wins the Daytona 500 after a spectacular last-lap, last-turn crash with Richard Petty.
March 21, 1976 -- Presidential candidate and former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter watches in person as David Pearson beats Benny Parsons in the Atlanta 500 at the Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.
Jan. 12, 1978 -- Drivers, owners and NASCAR officials gather at The Plaza Hotel in New York City to kick off its 1978 season and introduce the "big-city" media to NASCAR stock car racing.
March 5, 1978 -- David Pearson wins the Carolina 500 at the N.C. Motor Speedway near Rockingham. It's his 100th career NASCAR Winston Cup victory, only the second driver besides Richard Petty to reach that level.
Jan. 14, 1979 -- Terry Labonte begins his NASCAR Winston Cup-record streak of 569 consecutive races when he starts the Winston Western 500 at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway
Feb. 11, 1979 -- Buddy Baker wins the inaugural Busch Clash at the Daytona International Speedway.
Feb. 18, 1979 -- The first live, start-to-finish TV coverage of a major NASCAR race sees Richard Petty win the Daytona 500 after Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison crash each other on the last lap.
March 11, 1979 -- After wrecking with Donnie Allison at Daytona Beach and Rockingham, N.C., Cale Yarborough stays out of trouble and wins the Richmond 400 at the Richmond (Va.) Fairgrounds Raceway.
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