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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 12th February 1984

35 years ago

Three-time NASCAR Grand National champion, Cale Yarborough, became the first Daytona 500 qualifier above 200 mph. Yarborough turned a 200.503 mph clocking in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the first of his two qualifying laps. He then crashed the car into a retaining wall on the second lap, but escaped injury. Ricky Rudd recorded the second fastest time among 76 qualifers and will start on the front row beside Yarborough in Sunday's automobile racing classic. Rudd, in a Chevrolet, zoomed around the Daytona International Speedway in a time of 198.864 mph, also breaking the track's NASCAR record of 196.317 mph set by Benny Parsons in 1983.

Cale Yarborough

Cale Yarborough

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