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Throwback Thursday - August 25

Looking back at a history-making Oxford 250 and more.


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It's only fitting that our Throwback Thursday for the week includes a past Oxford 250. Find out about that and much more in this week's edition.

- Back in 1951, Bob Flock won on this date in Greenville, South Carolina. No, it wasn’t at the Greenville-Pickens track that we are used to seeing, but it was the Air Base Speedway (SC). Bob beat out Tim Flock, Buck Baker and Tony Flock in the top four. Lee Petty finished seventh in a '51 Plymouth. The half-mile track hosted only this race in NASCAR history as it would close a year later after being open for only three short seasons. It was a dirt oval and the remains were plowed away.

THE THIRD TURN: 1951 NASCAR Grand National Series at Air Base Speedway

- It was the third race of the famous Richard Petty 10-race win streak in 1967. On this date, Petty won at Savannah Raceway (GA) on the half-mile track. Petty was dialed in that day, as he won by five laps over Elmo Langley and Tom Pistone. Petty rolled off from the pole and won for the second-time in his career at the track. He would add a third win in 1970 at the venue before the NASCAR Cup Series found other tracks to race at.

THE THIRD TURN: 1967 NASCAR Grand National Series at Savannah Speedway

- Some of the newer race fans might not know that the NASCAR Tour Modifieds ran at Pocono Raceway (PA). They actually did it in two different configurations, with races held on both the 2.5-mile oval and a 0.75-mile infield oval over the years. On this day in 1973, Bugs Stevens held off Richie Evans to win the Coke 250 on the short track. Charlie Jarzombek was third over Paul Radford and Satch Worley. The last Modified race at Pocono was in 1991 won by Satch Worley.

THE THIRD TURN: 1973 Coke 250 at Pocono Raceway

- In 1990, Ernie Irvan won his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN). Dale Earnhardt led the most laps that night. He was out front for 250 circuits as he started on the pole. However, Earnhardt would finish eighth after tire problems. Leading 120 laps, Irvan was the next strongest contender, but he was racing the defending NASCAR champion at the time, Rusty Wallace. Irvan held off Rusty Wallace for his first win, and just a few months later he won the Daytona 500.

THE THIRD TURN: 1990 Busch 500 at Bristol International Raceway

- The 2019 Oxford 250 was run on this date, as Travis Benjamin added his name to the three-time club after leading 41 laps to capture the win. Eddie MacDonald led the most laps, but he fell out of the race and was 39th. Derek Griffith and DJ Shaw would make up the podium as Benjamin raced away on this historic night.

THE THIRD TURN: 2019 Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway

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