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This Day in NASCAR History: April 7

April 7, 2019 – Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 for his eighth win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Busch was part of the day’s first caution flag when he got tangled up in an accident. But he was able to recover and charge back to hold off his brother Kurt to score his third win of the season. A decision to not pit late for tires after a caution flew gave Busch the lead and from there he raced his way to Victory Lane.

April 7, 2018 – Ryan Blaney took the checkered flag in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway to give Team Penske its third straight Xfinity Series win of the season. Blaney led a race-high 132 laps to score his seventh career series win. He followed wins by teammates Brad Keselowski (Phoenix) and Joey Logano (Auto Club) to put the Penske No. 22 Ford in Victory Lane that season.

April 7, 2014 – Joey Logano became the seventh different winner in as many races in 2014 when he scored the victory in the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano was able to easily drive around Jeff Gordon on the last lap of a green-white-checkered finish to take the checkered flag and score his fourth career victory. The race started off in a strange fashion when a jet dryer blowing air on track damaged the hood of a number of cars, including Brad Keselowski’s. NASCAR allowed repairs to be made on pit road without any penalties.

April 7, 2013 – Jimmie Johnson held off Clint Bowyer to score his eighth of nine career wins at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series STP Gas Booster 500. Johnson started from the pole and led 346 laps on his way to his 62nd career series victory.

April 7, 2007 – Carl Edwards drove the No. 60 Ford home to his second NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series win of the season in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Edwards went on to win two more times that season, including a Nashville sweep, en route to the championship.

April 7, 2001 – Scott Riggs took the lead on Lap 143 and never lost it, holding off rookie Travis Kvapil to win the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway for his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors (Craftsman) Truck Series triumph. Riggs gave Ultra Motorsports its third consecutive victory that season. Teammate Ted Musgrave had won the previous two events at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Mesa Marin Raceway.

April 7, 1991 – Ricky Rudd captured his only win at Darlington Raceway, and of the season, in the TranSouth 500 after the No. 5 team had the right pit strategy. Rudd took the lead from Davey Allison, who pitted for gas and fresh tires, with 37 laps to go and went on to take the checkered flag by a commanding 11 seconds over Davey Allison.

April 7, 1990 – The 1975 and 1976 Late Model Sportsman Division Champion L.D. Ottinger had a frantic battle with Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty in the Budweiser 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After Mark Martin wrecked in the late stages, the race ended under caution. This win marked his third and final win in the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series. Michael Waltrip walked away from a violent crash in the race on Lap 170 that saw his car get split in half.

April 7, 1974 – David Pearson led 140 laps en route to the win in the Rebel 450 at Darlington Raceway. The win was his first of seven that season.

April 7, 1968 – Three drivers led laps during the Hickory 250 at Hickory Speedway. Bobby Isaac led the way with 116 laps led during the day but Richard Petty overcame him and David Pearson and won his first race of the 1968 season. Those three drivers were the only to finish on the lead lap.