Throwback Thursday - March 31

From Modifieds at Martinsville to adding to the Hickory record books.


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1957 & 1958 - Johnny Beauchamp was the king of the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in 1957 and 1958 as he won the spring time race each year on this date. In 1959, Beauchamp would partake in the inaugural Daytona 500 photo finish. He would later win his first NASCAR Cup race at Lakewood later in 1959.

1968 - Bugs Stevens goes the 300-lap distance to win the Dogwood Modified event at Martinsville Speedway (VA). Stevens drove a '36 Chevy and outlasted Paul Radford and Jimmy Hensley for the win. What makes this win special is that it was the first win for Stevens at Martinsville. He would win there seven times.

THE THIRD TURN: 1968 Dogwood 300 at Martinsville

1974 - It was a special year for Ed Howe, who on this date won the ASA National Tour race at Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville, Kentucky. Howe won the 100-lap race over Harold Scott and Bill Kimmel. Later in the year, Howe would win the Florida Governor’s Cup at Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa, FL.

THE THIRD TURN: 1974 ASA at Fairgrounds Motor Speedway

1979 - Buck Simmons grabs the NDRA race at East Alabama Speedway on this date in racing history. Bobby Thomas, and Billy Thomas made up the top three. Simmons was from Baldwin, Georgia and was pretty good on the dirt, some might remember him from some strong runs at the World 100 and his runner-up finish at the Snowball Derby in 1977 to fellow Georgia driver Ronnie Sanders.

THE THIRD TURN: 1979 NDRA AT East Alabama

1990 - Junior Miller starts off the 1990 SMART Tour Modified season with a victory at Hickory Motor Speedway. Gary Myers was second and Johnny Bryant was third. Jay Hedcock was not in the top five that day, but he won five of the next seven races to win the series title that year.

2018 - Preston Peltier snags his fifth win in the Easter Bunny 150, a record in the PASS event at Hickory Motor Speedway. Peltier led the final 83 laps of the race, finishing ahead of Shane Lee and Brandon Setzer.

THE THIRD TURN: 2018 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory