Throwback Thursday: January 6, 2021

It's never too early to start racing in the new year.

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It's never too early for short track racing. Today in "Throwback Thursday," we look back at short track racing events that have taken place on January 6, leading off with an event we'll be at this week, the New Year's Bash at Dillon Motor Speedway. Remember, you can watch that race live on Racing America this weekend.

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New Year's Bash at Dillon Motor Speedway (Jan. 8-9)

2019 - On this date two years ago, it was the 2019 edition of the New Year's Bash. Gary Ledbetter, Jr. won the race for the fourth time in his career. The race started 31 of the 44 entires as Ledbetter beat out Frankie Kimmel and Chuck Barnes, Jr. for the win.

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2018 - There is a good chance that Kyle Larson has won a race on any particular date in a calendar year. On this day in 2018, he won with the United Truck Parts International Midget Series. This event was the Bryan Clauson Memorial at Western Springs Speedway in New Zealand.

2018 - Jeff Choquette nabs the Red Eye 100 for the second time in his career at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Other then Jack Cook’s five wins in this race, Choquette is one of seven drivers who have won it twice.

2001 - David Rogers pockets the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). This was the second time he won the race ,having won it first back in 1988. Daniel Keene was second in one of his last runs in the Red Eye event.

1985 - Rich Vogler scores a win in a 100-lap USAC Midget event at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jim Hines was second and led the most laps with 46, but was second to Vogler. A 21 year-old John Andretti was 11th. The old USAC races were run in the main arena upstairs, while the current Rumble in Fort Wayne is held in the Expo Center adjacent to the arena.

1956 - Red Farmer started off the 1956 Modified season with a win at Medley Stadium in Miami, Florida. Farmer beat out Rex White and Sonny Palmer. Farmer won at least 10 races that year, if not more, on his way to the National Modified title. Farmer won over a dozen races at this venue and now the track is gone, but Farmer is still behind the wheel and will be officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame later this month. That’s an amazing feat.