Throwback Thursday: Happy 65th birthday to the NASCAR Cup Series!
Happy birthday to the NASCAR Cup Series!
On this day in 1949, the first NASCAR Strictly Stock Series race was held at the three-quarter mile Charlotte Speedway dirt track.
Bob Flock won the pole with a speed of 67.985 miles per hour. Glenn Dunnaway crossed the start/finish line first in the 200-lap event, but was disqualified for having illegal springs on his car. Jim Roper -- in his No. 34 Mecklenburg Motors Lincoln -- was awarded the checkered flag and pocketed a cool $2,000.
The series would undergo several name changes over the years, eventually becoming the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that we know and love today.
Enjoy these classic pictures from June 19, 1949.