Derek Thorn Sets Sights on South Boston for 200 Lap Showdown
Jun 22, 2022
Somehow, we're already 23 days into June and closing in on the halfway mark of 2022. Heading into this weekend's racing action, here is a look at past racing moments on June 23.
- On this day in 1954, Banjo Matthews won a Modified race in Norfolk, Virginia. The venue was Princess Anne Speedway, which conducted races from 1951 to 1956 before it became a footnote in racing history. Matthews' win on this date was his third straight at the track. 1954 was the year for Matthews, as he won 50 races that season. He would later become a successful car owner, as in 1978, he built cars that won every race on the NASCAR Cup schedule.
- As the Camping World SRX Series heads to South Boston we look back to 1962, when Rex White outlasted Jack Smith and a young Richard Petty in a 267 lap event at South Boston Speedway (VA). Petty would get his revenge by winning five of his next six starts at South Boston, with the last being the final trip for the NASCAR Cup Series to the Virginia track.
THE THIRD TURN: 1962 NASCAR Grand National Series at South Boston
- In 1974, Ray Elder went north of the border and won the NASCAR Winston West Series race at Westwood Raceway (BC). Westwood was a road course race, and Elder came from 23rd to win the race over Sonny Easley. The track only hosted two NASCAR west races and Elder won both. Elder was a six-time West Series champion and back in the day his races were combo events with the NASCAR Cup Series when they came west and he won twice at Riverside.
THE THIRD TURN: 1974 Westwood 150 at Westwood
- Stub Fadden went from 12th to the victory at Claremont Speedway in the NASCAR North Tour event on this day in 1984. Claude Leclerc was second and Jamie Aubie was third, as every driver in the top seven came from 10th or worst to post their finishing position. Fadden was a 13-time winner in the series.
THE THIRD TURN: 1984 Wayne's Garage 100 at Claremont
- Speaking of NASCAR West Series road course events. On this day in 1985 Dale Earnhardt drove to victory in the Stroh’s 200 at Seattle International Raceway (WA). Earnhardt drove a white No. 3 sponsored by California Cooler.
THE THIRD TURN: 1985 Stroh's 100 at Seattle
- A bunch of Georgia boys went north to Hickory Motor Speedway for the Southern All Star Series for Super Late Models and Jason Hogan led all 125 laps on his way to victory in 2001. Ronnie Sanders was second and Wayne Willard was third leading the Georgia train. Ricky Turner was fifth and he would go on to win the series title that year.
THE THIRD TURN: 2001 Southern All Star Series at Hickory