Throwback Thursday - June 2

Starting June with a look at racing history.


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It's hard to believe it is already June, as 2022 is racing by. Heading into the first weekend of the new month, here is our Throwback Thursday highlighting racing memories from June 2.

- On this day in 1946, Ted Horn won a 25-lap AAA Big Car Series Race at Lakewood Speedway (GA). Walt Ader was second with Bill Hollard third and Red Byron grabbing fourth. Lakewood would close in 1979.

THE THIRD TURN: 1946 AAA Big Car Series at Lakewood Speedway

- On this day in 1950, Fireball Roberts won a Tri-State Stock Car event at the Nazareth National Speedway. The series ran four races in 1950 with four different winners. Only Frankie Schneider had a pair of top fives in the four races that we are aware of. The track was in action until 1984 before it closed and was removed.

- Paul Goldsmith is an important name in NASCAR history, having been the last person to win on the beach at Daytona before the Speedway was built in 1958. Years later on this day he won a USAC Stock Car event at Illiana Motor Speedway (IN) in 1963. Norm Nelson was second and AJ Foyt was third in this event. Goldsmith won the 1961 and 1962 USAC Stock Car Titles. Goldsmith won three races that season with USAC. Illiana Motor Speedway closed in 2015, but most of it remains today. Goldsmith returned to NASCAR in 1966 and won at Bristol and Rockingham that season.

THE THIRD TURN: 1963 USAC Stock Cars at Illiana Motor Speedway

- 1979 was a few years before the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour came to life, but there are many great dates in history where the titans clashed in the venues of our past. Back in 1979, Richie Evans bested Reggie Ruggiero and Jerry Cook on this date at the famed Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, MA. Evans won there 32 times while Ruggiero had just over 20 victories.

THE THIRD TURN: 1979 NASCAR Modified National Championship at Riverside Park Speedway

- Davey Allison made it two in a row in the ARCA Series by winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway (GA) one week after getting a victory at Talladega Superspeedway (AL) in 1985. Allison started sixth and only led four laps as he and Mike Alexander were the only two cars on the lead lap at the finish. Allison was driving at number 23 Miller High Life Buick.

THE THIRD TURN: 1985 Atlanta ARCA 500k at Atlanta Motor Speedway

If you could go back in time and tell people that Ken Schrader would never win a NASCAR Cup race again after the 1991 Dover International Speedway (DE) spring race, they wouldn’t believe you. Schrader had won for the second time in 11 races that season and led nearly 100 laps to claim the Dover trophy. Schrader’s career spanned four decades and he had 763 starts and four wins.

THE THIRD TURN: 1991 Budweiser 500 at Dover Downs International Speedway