Lake Speed Darlington
Lake Speed recorded his only NASCAR Cup Series win in the TranSouth 500 at Darlington Raceway on March 27, 1988. (Photo: ISC Archives)

This Day in NASCAR History: March 27


March 27, 2011 – Kevin Harvick got around Jimmie Johnson on the final lap to win the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400. Harvick , who only led one lap, worked his way up from the 24th starting position to battle Johnson and Kyle Busch in the end for the victory. A caution brought out when Bobby Labonte hit the wall on lap 187 set up for a dash to the checkered flag between the trio of drivers. Once Harvick worked his way around Kyle Busch, who led 151 laps, Harvick got by Johnson on the final turn and went on to capture his first win at Auto Club Speedway.

March 27, 2010 – Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway from the pole and was followed across the finish line by teammate Ron Hornaday Jr. to make it a Kevin Harvick Inc. 1-2 finish. Some fireworks broke out on pit lane after the race when Johnny Sauter parked his truck directly in front of Hornaday. Sauter jumped from his truck and the two exchanged words before being separated by their crews and NASCAR officials.

March 27, 2004 – Martin Truex Jr. captured his first career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series win in the Sharpie Professional 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Truex led 134 laps in the Dale Earnhardt, Jr.-owned Chance 2 Motorsports Chevrolet en route to the victory in his 21st start. Kevin Harvick wound up second after a wild final five lap sequence that saw several drivers make contact with each other and the race ended under caution.

March 27, 1999 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin won the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series rain-shortened Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Martin, who led 21 laps, took the lead from Jeff Green on Lap 156 and the rain began to fall shortly after. The race ended on Lap 163. Matt Kenseth, who finished 18th, led a race-high 127 laps but damaged his car when he spun through the infield grass.

March 27, 1999 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors (Craftsman) Series Chevy Trucks NASCAR 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The victory was his second at the 1-mile track.

March 27, 1994 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt started ninth and led 166 laps in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway winning by the second largest margin of victory in the track’s history (7.4 seconds) over fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin. It was also the second consecutive year the two drivers finished 1-2 at Darlington.

March 27, 1993 – Robert Pressley captured his eighth of 10 career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series wins in the Mark III Vans 200 at Darlington Raceway. Pressley led 73 laps and held off Harry Gant for his second win at "the track too tough to tame."

March 27, 1988 – Lake Speed recorded his only NASCAR Cup Series win in the TranSouth 500 at Darlington Raceway. Running Hoosier tires, Speed dominated the race, leading 178 laps, in his 164th of 402 career starts.

March 27, 1983 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough scored his second of four wins in the Coca-Cola 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Yarborough, who competed in 16 races that year, led 78 laps and took the checkered flag ahead of Neil Bonnett.

March 27, 1977 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough led 320 of the scheduled 400 laps in the NASCAR Cup Series race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, leaving just the top three finishers on the lead lap. Fellow NASCAR Hall of Famers – Richard Petty finished second and Benny Parsons was third. Yarborough collected nine wins in 1977 on his way to his second consecutive title.