Mark Martin Texas 1997
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This Day in NASCAR History: April 5


April 5, 2009 – Jeff Gordon snapped a 47-race winless streak and also scored his first Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Cup Series win in the Samsung 500. Gordon was able to outrun his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson to record his first win since October of 2007 when he won at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

April 5, 2008 – Kyle Busch led 126 of the 200 laps to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch took the green flag in 31st position and worked through the field to lead four times, including the final 43 laps. The win was the first of nine series wins at the track. Kevin Harvick led 55 laps in his No. 33 Chevrolet but had an axle issue during a pit stop.

April 5, 2003 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his mastery of Talladega Superspeedway when he won the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series Aaron’s 312. Earnhardt, who led 60 laps, won the race under caution over polesitter Joe Nemechek, who was out front for 49 laps. Earnhardt’s win was one of three in as many series starts that season on superspeedways.

April 5, 1998 – Mark Martin led a 1-2 finish for Jack Roush in the Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Martin led 37 laps, including the final 30, to take the checkered flag ahead of Chad Little, who recorded his career-best finish. Martin took the lead for the final time following a two-tire pit stop under the final caution.

April 5, 1997 – Mark Martin got by Jimmy Spencer in the closing laps and went on to win the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series inaugural Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Spencer got up high off Turn 2 on Lap 187 and Martin capitalized.

April 5, 1992 – Alan Kulwicki captured his second consecutive win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 500. Kulwicki started from the pole and led 282 laps, including the final 27 after getting by Dale Jarrett in Turn 4. The victory was his first of two during his championship winning season.

April 5, 1987 – Dale Earnhardt dominated the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. He led 319 laps on his way to his second of four consecutive wins that season. Earnhardt ended up winning 11 times in ’87 and the championship.

April 5, 1986 – Morgan Shepherd won the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series Budweiser 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Shepherd led 110 laps to score his second of four series win that season.

April 5, 1981 – Richard Petty captured his 15th win at North Wilkesboro Speedway in the Northwestern Bank 400. The victory was his 194th of his 200 career NASCAR Cup Series wins.