Throwback Thursday Theater

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor With an aggressive on-track persona, Jimmy Spencer was given the nickname of “Mr. Excitement” early in his racing career, but it wasn’t until the 1994 Pepsi 400 at Daytona that he really lived up to it. Entering the Independence Day classic, four drivers had been the class of the field all season long, with Ernie Irvan leading the way ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, and Mark Martin, but by the time the checkered flag flew, it was Spencer who stole the show. Earnhardt and LoyRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor These days, Jimmie Johnson is known as a seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion driving for Hendrick Motorsports, but back in the early 2000’s, Johnson was a relative unknown driving for Herzog Motorsports trying to make a name for himself. That all changed at Chicagoland Speedway in July 2001 with the running of the Hills Brothers Coffee 300. Prior to the 2001 season, Johnson was best known for his crash at Watkins Glen in 2000 after he lost his brakes heading into Turn 1, whichRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Throughout his NASCAR career, Robby Gordon was never one to shy away from controversy and in June 2003 at Sonoma Raceway, his path to victory included a bit of controversy and a stellar battle with Jeff Gordon to see who would take home the trophy. Robby Gordon, who last won on the Cup Series circuit back in November 2001 at New Hampshire, was one of the most feared drivers when it came to road course racing as he always found himself in the mix for theRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor There are times when Cup Series regulars ruin the show by dropping down into the lower tiers, but sometimes they create a moment that is remembered for years to come. In this week’s “Throwback Thursday Theater”, we take a jump back to the 2006 Carfax 250 at Michigan that seemed to be another run of the mill race at the two-mile track until the action picked up with the closing laps and post-race activities. Through the first 95 laps, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards had beenRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor While Pocono doesn’t always produce the greatest racing, with the field getting strung out more often than not, there are a few exceptions to the rule. The 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 was one of them. Though the race began much like every other race at the “Tricky Triangle”, as the laps wound down, the action cranked up. After the start of the race was delayed by rain, three drivers, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer, asserted themselves as the cars to beat, leading allRead More
By: David Morgan, NASCAR Editor If there were a Mount Rushmore of NASCAR, Jeff Gordon would certainly be one of the drivers included. With 93 wins and four championships over his illustrious career, Gordon was sure to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. On Wednesday, that came true as Gordon was among the five legends to be chosen as a part of the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. So, it is only natural that we’d take a step back to where it all began for the driver of theRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor When the Cup Series made it to Charlotte for the 1987 all-star race, Dale Earnhardt had absolutely dominated the season up to that point, winning six of the nine races that had taken place thus far in the season. His rival, Bill Elliott, had won the season opening Daytona 500. With the two going at it week in and week out, it would all come to a head in The Winston. Earnhardt, the hard-charging North Carolina native versus Elliott, the mild-mannered Georgia boy. Elliott hadRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor After a stirring duel for the win in the spring 2012 race at Kansas Speedway, the track underwent a massive reconfiguration that was completed by the time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to the track in October. With the facelift, the track turned from a tame 1.5 miler to a treacherous beast that did its best to chew up and spit out as many race cars as possible in its opening weekend. Mark Martin and Aric Almirola would be the two cars to getRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor For any multi-car team owner, their proudest and most anxious moment at the racetrack is when the majority of their drivers are fighting it out for the win at the front of the field. In the 2008 Camping World RV 400 at Dover, Roush-Fenway Racing would provide those feeling for team owner Jack Roush. Though the first 300 miles around the Monster Mile was a mixed bag, with 10 different drivers leading, the final quarter of the race was all Roush-Fenway. Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards,Read More