Timelines : 80's - 90's
The 80ís . . . .
March 9, 1980 -- Cale Yarborough wins the Carolina 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway near Rockingham in his backup car after destroying his primary car in practice. The event is postponed for a week by a snow storm.
Feb. 13, 1982 -- Dale Earnhardt wins the first NASCAR Busch Series race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 28, 1982 -- Diane Teel, a school bus driver from York County, Va., is the first female to qualify for a NASCAR Busch Series race. She starts 19th and finishes 10th in a 250-lapper at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway
Jan. 23, 1983 -- The inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Media Tour opens for writers, broadcasters and photographers at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The successful event continues each January.
Feb. 9, 1987 -- Bill Elliott sets an all-time Daytona International Speedway qualifying record with a lap of 210.364 mph in time trials for the Daytona 500.
March 27, 1988 -- Lake Speed upsets the favorites for his only career victory in the TranSouth 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
Feb. 19, 1989 -- Darrell Waltrip gets 132.5 miles from his final tank of fuel to win the Daytona 500 in his 17th try. He beats Hendrick Motorsports teammate Ken Schrader, then Dale Earnhardt, Hendrick driver Geoff Bodine and Phil Parsons. Waltrip celebrates his victory with a modified version of the ``Ickey Shuffle.''
March 19, 1989 -- Midwestern short-track legend Dick Trickle finishes third behind Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt in a 500-mile NASCAR Winston Cup race at Atlanta International Motor Speedway (now Atlanta Motor Speedway). It remains Trickle's career-best NASCAR Winston Cup finish.
The 90ís . . . .
Jan. 2, 1992-- Anne France, wife of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. & mother of Bill & Jim France, dies in Ormond Beach, Fla.
March 7, 1993 -- Davey Allison, one of the sport's most popular drivers, gets the last of his 19 career victories, this one over Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki at Richmond International Raceway.
March 10, 1994 -- Shawna Robinson becomes the first woman to win the pole for a major NASCAR touring event. It happens at a NASCAR Busch Series race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, near Hampton, Ga.
March 16, 1997 -- The NASCAR Busch Series runs a 300-miler at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the first time the tour goes west of the Mississippi River. Jeff Green wins for the Diamond Ridge-owned team
April 1, 1993 -- Reigning NASCAR Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki and three other men are killed when their private plane crashes near Bristol, Tenn., arriving for the April 4 NASCAR Winston Cup race.
Feb. 12, 1994 -- Loy Allen becomes the first rookie in NASCAR's modern era to win the pole (190.158 mph) for the Daytona 500.
Jan. 7, 1995-- Chad Little was the first NASCAR Busch Series driver to come from a provisional starting position to win a superspeedway race. He did it after starting 42nd in the 1995 season-opening Goody's 300 at the Daytona International Speedway.
Feb. 5, 1995 -- Mike Skinner wins the first official NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Phoenix (Ariz.) Intl. Raceway.
Feb. 16, 1997 -- Chevrolet drivers Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven give Hendrick Motorsports an unprecedented 1-2-3 finish in the Daytona 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at the Daytona International Speedway.
March 2, 1997 -- Rusty Wallace gets his 47th career NASCAR Winston Cup victory and his only one of 1997 in the Pontiac 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. But Wallace must wait until inspectors pore over his Ford's engine before the victory is certified the next morning.
March 23, 1997 -- Dale Jarrett, son of 1965 Mountain Dew Southern 500 winner Ned Jarrett, wins the TranSouth 400 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway to become only the second second-generation to win on NASCAR's first paved superspeedway. The others were father Buck Baker and son Buddy, who combined for five (Buck three, Buddy two) victories at the track.
March 29, 1997 -- At 55, Dick Trickle becomes the oldest winner in NASCAR Busch Series history by winning the Galaxy Foods 300-lap race at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
April 6, 1997 -- Jeff Burton gets his first career victory, and the first of three in 1997, in the inaugural Interstate Batteries 500 at the new Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth.
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