Throwback Thursday: April 14

Marquee wins mark this date in racing history.


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There have been some big wins on April 14. Whether it's been the Icebreaker, the Spring Sizzler or the Easter Bunny, legendary chapters of the history book have taken place on this date. Here is a look at some of those memorable moments.

2013 - On this date in 2013, the legendary Mike Stefanik won the NASCAR Modified Tour race at Thompson. This would be his next to last win and his final win at Thompson. The Icebreaker was always a good event for Stefanik, and so was Thompson Speedway, as he won there 19 times between the NASCAR tours he ran.

THE THIRD TURN: 2013 Icebreaker at Thompson

2006 - The first Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) was run on this date back in 2006. Maine racing veteran Mike Rowe bested the field to score his first win in North Carolina. The race has been contested ever since and is one of the biggest Super Late Model events in the Southeast.

THE THIRD TURN: 2006 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory

1995 - The Florida Mafia headed to Alabama to stake claim in the USAR Hooters Late Model Series race at Huntsville Speedway (AL). When the circles were complete, Daniel Keene and Darryl Shelnut went one-two for the win, with Keene on top. Bobby Gill was third, while Jimmy Cope and Dick Anderson gave Florida drivers four of the top five. The tour came back the next summer and Florida ruled again when Dick Anderson went to victory lane.

THE THIRD TURN: USAR Late Models at Hunstville

1985 - Richie Evans backed up his Icebreaker win in 1985 with a Spring Sizzler win at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). The 1985 season was the only year Evans ran on the traditional NASCAR Modified tour. Evans won 12 times in 28 races. Evans had an average finish of 6.11 during that year.

THE THIRD TURN: 1985 Spring Sizzler at Stafford


1985 - Before he came east to win the Daytona 500 in 1990, Derrike Cope was a rising star on the west coast. On this date in history, Cope won the ASA West race at Yakima Speedway in his home state of Washington. Cope beat out Don Dowdy, Garrett Evans and Leon Fox. Cope would come back and finish second to Dowdy at Yakima in September. The series ended at the close of the 1985 season.

1979 - Just a typical date in chasing NASCAR Late Model points saw John Utsman win at Kingsport Speedway (TN) at the same time Tommy Ellis topped Darrell Waltrip at Langley Speedway (VA). Jimmy Hensley beat Jay Hedgecock at Caraway Speedway (NC), Harry Gant bested a decent field at Hickory and most drivers headed to Nashville for the big 250-lap race. Bob Pressley beat Gene Glover as the only two cars on the lead lap. Sterling Marlin was third and Jody Ridley was fourth.