Throwback Thursday: June 16

Looking back at June 16 in racing history.


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While the Cup Series has the weekend off, there is plenty of racing history on this date as we approach Father's Day. Here is a glimpse at some of that history on June 16.

- Back in 1950, Buck Baker beat Curtis Turner in a NASCAR Modified race at Southern States Fairgrounds Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was the first NASCAR race run at this facility, as over 100 would be run on the half-mile track over the next 11 years. Baker would win there a total of seven times. Dink Widenhouse was a 12-time winner at the facility. The track was closed in 1960.

- Bobby Allison pockets a 100-lap win at Dixie Speedway (AL) on this day in 1961. The Allison brothers had a field day at Dixie Speedway, having won over 20 races together under the NASCAR banner and that does not cover independent shows. The name was changed to Midfield Speedway and was closed after the 1974 season. Allison won 16 Modified races that season.

- Twin races in the ARTGO Series at Raceway Park (IL) were held on this day in 1981. The quarter-mile track produced wins for Mark Martin and Jim Sauter. This was the only time the series ran this facility and the track closed in 2000. Jim Sauter won race one over Burt Weitemeyer and Dick Trickle. After finishing in eighth in race one, Mark Martin won race two over Larry Schuler and Tom Jones. Jim Sauter was 12th.

THE THIRD TURN: ARTGO Tuesday Special Race No. 1 | Race No. 2

- On this day in 1990, Bill Sedgwick started from the pole at Saugus Speedway (CA) and led all 200 laps to win the NASCAR West Series race over Bill Schmitt. Sedgwick won four of the nine races that season, but lost the title to Bill Schmitt by a single point. These two drivers won a combined six NASCAR West Series championships.

THE THIRD TURN: 1990 Winston 200 at Saugus Speedway

- Back to ARTGO in 1995, Steve Carlson won the series stop at Lakeside Speedway (KS). Carlson bested Kevin Cywinski and Brian Ross. What was special about this win for Carlson was it was the fifth stop for the ARTGO Midwest Series at Lakeside and Carlson had won all five. There would be two more races there, but Carlson posted second and third in the other events. Cywinski won the 1995 ARTGO championship over Carlson by 41 points at the end of the season.

THE THIRD TURN: ARTGO Western Swing Country Mart 100 at Lakeside Speedway

- On this day in 1999, Ralph Nason won the NEPSA race at Speedway 95. NEPSA was the regional Super Late Model tour before the PASS Series came around in 2001. Nason beat Scott Chubbuck and Speedway 95 regular Jimmy Goodman for the win. Nason dominated the NEPSA Series as he won 20 times and he won two championships along the way. Despite three wins in 1999, Mike Rowe won the series championship that year.

THE THIRD TURN: 1999 NEPSA at Speedway 95

- This weekend, Greg Biffle will be one of the drivers taking part in the Camping World SRX Series season opener at Five Flags Speedway. On this day in 2013, he was victorious at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Biffle led 48 of 200 laps that day, taking the lead for good on lap 169 from Joey Logano.

THE THIRD TURN: 2013 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan Int'l Speedway

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