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This Day in NASCAR History: March 30

March 30, 2019 – After pitting just for fuel, Kyle Busch took the lead on the final restart and held off Tyler Reddick to score his ninth NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch led 33 laps in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 and Christopher Bell, who finished third, led a race-high 128 laps.

March 30, 2014 – Kurt Busch ended an 83-race winless streak when he held off Jimmie Johnson to take the checkered flag in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch came back from an earlier race incident with Brad Keselowski to notch his first win as a member of Stewart-Haas Racing. Busch made the winning pass with 11 laps to go.

March 30, 2014 – Matt Crafton had been trying to win at Martinsville Speedway since 2001 and had to wait an extra day to do so, but he survived two green-white-checkered flags to capture the win in the Kroger 250. Crafton scored his fourth career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win in a race postponed from Saturday because of rain. The Truck race started shortly after 5:30 p.m. and finished as the sun was setting. Bubba Wallace, who won the previous fall race at this track, placed second.

March 30, 2009 – Kevin Harvick held off his teammate and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. to score an exciting victory in the rain-delayed NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick edged his way around Kyle Busch for the top spot after the duo put on torrid duel in the final stages of the race. The two made contact with less than 10 laps to go and Busch’s truck received sheet metal damage in the incident. When caution came out, Busch attempted to rub his truck against the backstretch inside retaining wall in hopes of flattening out the damage. However, he inadvertently crossed the pit road commitment line in the process and was penalized by NASCAR, dropping him from second to 17th in the final rundown. Busch had led 139 laps.

March 30, 2008 – Denny Hamlin scored his first of five NASCAR Cup Series wins at Martinsville Speedway after holding off Jeff Gordon to pick up the checkered flag in the Goody’s Cool Orange 500. Hamlin took the lead from Jeff Burton with 74 laps to go and drove his Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Toyota to his only win that season. It was Toyota’s second-ever win in NASCAR’s top series and Hamlin’s fourth career victory. Not taking tires on his final stop for track position proved to be the winning call from crew chief Mike Ford to help propel Hamlin to the win.

March 30, 2003 – Ryan Newman passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 10 laps to go to win the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. With Newman taking the checkered flag, Earnhardt Jr. – 3.4 seconds behind – beat Jeff Gordon across the line in a photo finish for the runner-up spot. Jerry Nadeau and Mark Martin rounded out the top five. It was Newman’s first victory of a career-best eight win 2003 season.

March 30, 1996 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin won the Goody’s Headache Powder 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Martin led 146 laps en route to his 23rd of 49 career NASCAR Xfinity Series wins.

March 30, 1985 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip scored his third of 13 career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series wins in the Budweiser 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Waltrip started 16th and won the race by 12.8 seconds over Rick Mast.

March 30, 1980 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt won the Valleydale Southeastern 500 for his second of nine career wins at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt led a race-high 208 laps on his way to his third of 76 NASCAR Cup Series wins.

March 30, 1969 – NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Cale Yarborough traded the lead six times in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but Yarborough, driving for the Wood Brothers, ultimately bested Pearson taking the lead for the final time with 15 to go. It was Yarborough’s first win of the 1969 season.