Throwback Thursday: March 10

Going back in time to some short track classics.


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1957: At Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) Ralph Earnhardt, driving a '39 Ford, won a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman event. Earnhardt beat Banjo Matthews and Ned Jarrett for the win in the race. Earnhardt would win the fourth of his five Hickory track championships in 1957.

1963: Junior Johnson was running through the woods of Carolina when he pocketed the win at Hillsboro Speedway (NC) on this day in 1963. Johnson led 148 of the 165 laps to hold off Jim Paschal and Richard Petty for the win

THE THIRD TURN: 1963 NASCAR Grand National Series at Hillsboro

1974: What it would be like to go back in time and watch the Dogwood 500 at Martinsville Speedway (VA) in 1974? On the Modified side, Bugs Stevens beat out Richie Evans for the win. Ron Bouchard, Jerry Cook and Ed Flemke were the rest of the top five. On the Late Model side, Jimmy Hensley beat Butch Lindley and Tommy Houston. What a day this must have been to watch.

THE THIRD TURN: 1974 Dogwood 500 Modifieds | Late Models

1985: Speaking of Butch Lindley, he was a winner on this day in 1985 in the All Pro Season opener at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Lindley would best Jody Ridley in the 200-lap race with Neil Bennett coming home in third.

THE THIRD TURN: 1985 Neil Bonnett Race Cars 200 at Five Flags

2007: Back in the heyday of Pro Cup Racing, an unknown Matt Hawkins rose from the Late Model ranks to win his first time out in the series at USA International Speedway (FL). Hawkins led the final 15 laps and held off Trevor Bayne for the win. Bobby Gill, who was a Pro Cup legend, was third looking up at the two youngsters after leading 74 of the 200 laps.

THE THIRD TURN: 2007 Sears Auto Center 200 at USA International

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