While we await a return to the race track, NASCAR.com will be looking back at some of the most iconic races the sport has ever seen. Stay tuned each day as a new race replay is unveiled and our memories are refreshed.
In Carl Edwards’ first full-time season as a NASCAR Cup Series driver, he wasted no time finding Victory Lane. In just his fourth start of the 2005 season, he picked up the very first Cup win of his career at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Relive the emotional 2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway that saw Kevin Harvick get his first NASCAR Cup Series win by holding off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon just weeks after the passing of Dale Earnhardt.
Bill Elliott’s storied NASCAR Hall of Fame racing career includes a 1988 NASCAR Cup Series championship, the Winston Million in 1985 and 44 Cup wins. But did you know he went seven years between wins?
Jimmie Johnson had to come from the rear to win his seventh championship and only led three laps during the race.
There had never been a tie for the NASCAR Cup Series championship … that was until the 2011 title came down to the wire between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.
Before the NASCAR Cup Series could even begin with the annual opening Daytona 500, the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was sidelined with injuries to both legs. Busch missed the first 11 races but later won five of the 25 he did compete in, including the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Nov. 22, 2015, victory granted Busch his first championship — he added a second in 2019.
NASCAR.com rekindles those 20-year-ago memories Thursday with a full-race replay of the DirecTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway from April 2, 2000. Earnhardt led a race-high 106 of the 334 laps for the first of his 26 victories in what is now called the NASCAR Cup Series.
The 2017 spring race was the first look at the reprofiled, repaved Texas Motor Speedway. Contested over 334 laps on the 1.5-mile oval, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 was the seventh race of the ’17 NASCAR Cup Series season.
Chase Elliott’s 2014 rookie season in the Xfinity Series doubled as his first full-time season in NASCAR overall, and it took him just six Xfinity races to make it to Victory Lane.
The playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014 saw more than just bumps on the race track. The AAA Texas 500 was the eighth of 10 races in what was then known as the Chase for the NASCAR Cup Series championship. Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon were both seeking a spot in the coveted Championship 4. Then what happened?
The 2010 playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway had a little bit of everything. Two of the more mild-mannered drivers in the garage getting physical in a mid-race confrontation? Check. An unheard of mid-race pit crew change? Check. Oh and how about title implications in the third-to-last race of the season? Check.
When you think of Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace, the thrilling 1997 Food City 500 finish at Bristol Motor Speedway is quite possibly the first thought that comes to mind. It was a bump-and-run in the final corner of the white flag lap that saw triumph for one driver and heartbreak for the other.
Need more of Jeff Gordon bumping Rusty Wallace out of the way at Bristol Motor Speedway? Well, we’ve got you. The 2002 Bristol night race featured another classic battle between the Nos. 2 and 24 where Gordon knocks Wallace out of the way with three laps to go for the win, snapping a 31-race winless streak.