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This Day in NASCAR History: April 2


April 2, 2017 – Brad Keselowski captured his first Martinsville Speedway win in the STP 500 for his fifth straight top-five finish of that season. Keselowski had to come back from a pit road speeding penalty earlier in the race to get back into contention. Once he got back to the front of the field, he and Kyle Busch put on a classic battle for the lead until Lap 429 when he finally got by for the top spot. The victory was the second of the year for Keselowski and it gave Team Penske its first Martinsville victory since 2004.

April 2, 2016 – Kyle Busch held off John Hunter Nemechek in overtime to win the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, who led a race-high 123 laps, captured his 45th of 57 career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victories.

April 2, 2011 – Johnny Sauter passed Kyle Busch with two laps to go and went on to win the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The win was the first of the season for Sauter and the third of his 24 current wins.

April 2, 2010 – Kyle Busch turned in a dominating performance to win his first race as a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series owner-driver in the Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Busch led all but 10 of the 150 laps around the 1.33-mile track to score the win and make a return trip to Nashville’s Victory Lane following his infamous guitar trophy smashing incident after his Xfinity (Nationwide) Series win the previous summer.

April 2, 2006 – Tony Stewart dominated to win his second of three career wins at Martinsville Speedway in the DIRECTV 500. Stewart’s only challenge all day was pole winner Jimmie Johnson, who led 195 laps to Stewart’s 288. Stewart took the lead for the fifth and final time on Lap 474 after passing Johnson and never looked back. Johnson’s teammate Jeff Gordon battled back from blown tire on Lap 90 to finish second with Johnson in third.

April 2, 2000 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in the DIRECTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Earnhardt led 106 laps, including the final 53, en route to the victory. Watch the Race at NASCAR.com

April 2, 1995 – Jeff Gordon captured his first of five Bristol Motor Speedway wins in the Food City 500. The win was his third of seven during his first championship winning season.

April 2, 1989 – Harry Gant scored his third of four wins at Darlington Raceway in the TranSouth 500 and ended a long winless streak in the process. Gant, who led 179 laps, was in prime position after a caution caused a three lap dash to the finish. On the final restart, Gant got by Alan Kulwicki and went on to take the win over Davey Allison, who passed Geoffrey Bodine for second on the final lap. The win was the first since 1985 for the 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner.

April 2, 1978 – Darrell Waltrip scored his first career win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Southeastern 500. While this marked the first win at Bristol for Waltrip, he went on to win a total of 12 times at the .533 mile speedway. During his 1978 season he went on to win five more races and finished third in the points standings.

April 2, 1967 – Cale Yarborough won the Atlanta 500 at the Atlanta International Speedway in dominating fashion after leading 301 of 334 laps and lapping the entire field. This victory marked his second career NASCAR Cup (Grand National) Series Win.