Rusty Wallace 1989
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This Day in NASCAR History: March 26


March 26, 2018 – Clint Bowyer snapped a 190-race winless streak when he won the NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Bowyer led 215 laps and took the victory by 1.146 seconds over Kyle Busch. The race was originally scheduled to run on March 25, but was postponed due to snow.

March 26, 2018 – John Hunter Nemechek captured his sixth career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Nemechek led the final 31 laps in the race that was originally scheduled to finish the Saturday prior but was postponed on Lap 23 for rain, which later turned to snow.

March 26, 2017 – Kyle Larson completed the weekend at sweep at Auto Club Speedway when he took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400. Larson had finished second in the previous three series races but was able to move up one spot to become the season’s fifth different winner in the opening five races. He started from the pole and led 110 of the day’s 204 laps.

March 26, 2011 – A two-tire call on the last pit stop by crew chief Jason Ratcliff gave Kyle Busch the advantage to pull away for the win in the NASCAR Xfinity (Nationwide) Series Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Busch came out ahead of the dominant cars of Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick and went on to score his 46th career win by .713 seconds over Edwards.

March 26, 2006 – Kurt Busch used the bumper on his No. 2 Dodge to get past Matt Kenseth with five laps-to-go and then held off Kevin Harvick to win the NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500. It was Busch’s first win since joining Team Penske and fifth of six overall at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth recovered after his incident with Busch to finish third and had another late run-in with Jeff Gordon. Gordon was running third when Kenseth tagged the rear bumper of the DuPont Chevrolet, which spun around on the backstretch. After the checkered flag flew, Kenseth approached Gordon on pit road but Gordon immediately walked toward him and shoved him with both hands squarely in the chest.

March 26, 2005 – Reed Sorenson dominated the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Driving the No. 41 Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing, Sorenson led 197 of the 225 laps from the pole and took the win by 14.4 seconds over runner-up Kenny Wallace. Sorenson is one of two drivers (other Kyle Busch) that won from the pole in the 21 Xfinity races that were held at the 1.33-mile concrete track.

March 26, 2000 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace captured the win in the Food City 500. Wallace swept the NASCAR Cup Series races that year at Bristol Motor Speedway, a track he won at nine times in his career.

March 26, 2000 – Mike Wallace won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors (Craftsman) Truck Series race at Mesa Marin Raceway. Wallace crossed the finish line ahead of Kurt Busch for his second of two wins that season.

March 26, 1995 – Sterling Marlin won his first of two NASCAR Cup Series races at Darlington, both coming in the 400-mile events. Marlin won the TranSouth Financial 400 over Dale Earnhardt. The win came with Morgan-McClure Racing, a team he scored six of his 10 career Cup wins with.

March 26, 1994 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin dominated the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series Mark III Vans 200 at Darlington Raceway, leading 138 of the 147 laps. The win was his 15th of 49 career series wins.

March 26, 1989 – NASCAR Hall of Famers Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki swapped the lead five times in the last 30 laps at Richmond Raceway, but Wallace prevailed driving the No. 27 Pontiac for Raymond Beadle. Wallace put up six wins and won the NASCAR Cup Series title in 1989.

March 26, 1988 – Geoffrey Bodine won the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series Country Squire 200 at Darlington Raceway. The win was his fifth of six career series wins and the first of two consecutive in the spring race at Darlington.

March 26, 1972 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison took the lead from A.J. Foyt with just four laps left and went on to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. In total, Allison led a race high 142 laps and started from the pole.