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This Day in NASCAR History: April 3


April 3, 2016 – Kyle Busch won the STP 500 to give him a weekend sweep at Martinsville Speedway. Busch followed his victory in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race the day prior by scoring his first of two NASCAR Cup Series triumphs at the Virginia short track. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver dominated the race leading 352 laps to notch his first win of the season.

April 3, 2011 – Kevin Harvick followed-up his win at Auto Club Speedway the previous weekend with another victory in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with four laps-to-go and went on to score his first win at the .526-mile track. Earnhardt, who finished second, had moved Kyle Busch, who led a race high 151 laps, from the top spot with a shot to his rear bumper with 21 laps-to-go in Turn 3.

April 3, 2010 – Kevin Harvick took advantage of a call to take two tires on a late-race pit stop and was able to hold off Reed Sorenson to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Harvick started second and led 52 laps, including the final 34.

April 3, 2005 – Kevin Harvick battled back after starting last in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and drove his GM Goodwrench Chevrolet to his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in nearly two years. Despite qualifying 13th in Friday’s qualifying session, Harvick was forced to start 43rd in the race after his crew found a power steering fluid leak on the No. 29 car just prior to race time. Harvick, working his second race without crew chief Todd Berrier, who serving a four race suspension, made his way through the field and took the lead for the final time from Greg Biffle on Lap 434. From there, Harvick able to hold off polesitter Elliott Sadler for his first win since taking the checkered flag in the 2003 Brickyard 400.

April 3, 2004 – Matt Kenseth raced away from the field following a red flag with three laps to go to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kenseth passed Bobby Hamilton Jr. for the lead on Lap 195 right before the red flag was thrown for a spin on the front stretch by Tracey Hines that collected the No. 38 of Kasey Kahne. Kyle Busch led the most laps, 147, and finished second. Hamilton Jr., who suffered an engine problem on the restart, ended up finishing sixth.

April 3, 1999 – Jeff Green led 158 laps to win the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series BellSouth Mobility 320 at Nashville Speedway. The victory was his first of three that season.

April 3, 1994 – Ricky Craven dominated the Sundrop 400 at Hickory Motor Speedway for his third of four career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series wins. It was his first of two victories that year in his DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet.

April 3, 1993 – Michael Waltrip won the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series Budweiser 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a caution for leader Chuck Bown and Robert Pressley, Waltrip led the final 95 laps in the No. 30 Pennzoil Pontiac for his sixth of 11 series wins. The race ended under caution following spins by Tommy Houston and Terry Labonte. It was an emotional win for Waltrip when he turned a Polish Victory Lap in honor of Alan Kulwicki, who lost his life in a plane crash two days earlier.

April 3, 1977 – Darrell Waltrip captured his first of five wins at Darlington Raceway in the Rebel 500. Waltrip got ahead of Bobby Allison, who was replaced his brother Donnie in the No. 1 during the race, along with David Perason at the line when the final caution came out. NASCAR had to review the pass and Waltrip was declared the leader and winner in the the race ended under caution. Pearson pitted for tires after the caution came out and finished fourth.