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Today in History: January 3

January 03, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service, NASCAR.com

1908: Joe Littlejohn, a charter member of NASCAR who finished fourth in the second Cup Series race in history, is born on this day. Littlejohn started two Cup races, both on the Beach & Road Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. After finishing fourth in 1949, Littlejohn won the pole for the 1950 race but finished 35th in the 41-car field. Littlejohn, who also distinguished himself as a crewman on NASCAR teams, left a bigger mark on the sport as a promoter. Littlejohn was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 1975. The Joe Littlejohn Award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding service to the NMPA and motorsports. Littlejohn died in July 1989.