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An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

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.

On This Day


Sunday 1st August 1982

38 years ago

NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip edged Buddy Baker by a car-length at Talladega Superspeedway (Alabama, US) to become the first repeat winner of the Talladega 500. Waltrip started second and led 107 of the 188 laps — including the final 17 — in a Junior Johnson-owned Buick. Baker led 12 laps in his runner-up effort, and Richard Petty wound up third. The track promoted the event as “13 races, 13 faces” for its variety of winning drivers. Waltrip showed up at a Talladega news conference the following year with a T-shirt reading “14 races, 13 faces. Sorry about that.”

1982 Talladega 500

1982 Talladega 500

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