Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.
Jim Roper made history, winning the first race in NASCAR’s Strictly Stock division — now Sprint Cup Series — at 3/4-mile Charlotte Speedway (North Carolina, US). Roper, a horse farmer from Halstead, Kansas, took the checkered flag in second place behind apparent winner Glenn Dunnaway at the end of 200 laps, but Dunnaway’s car was disqualified for having an altered rear suspension. Fonty Flock was second in the final order, with Red Byron — who became the division’s first champion at season’s end — third. Roper, who was credited with leading the final 47 laps, raced only one other time in NASCAR’s premier series, placing 15th later that year at Hillsborough, North Carolina, US.
The first NASCAR Strictly Stock race was held on this 3/4-mile dirt oval on June 19, 1949 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The unofficial attendance was 13,000.