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This Day in NASCAR History: April 9


April 9, 2017 – Jimmie Johnson scored his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and his seventh at Texas Motor Speedway in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. Johnson held off a fast-charging Kyle Larson to pick-up the checkered flag on the newly repaved track. It marked the 16th straight year Johnson won a series race.

April 9, 2016 – Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway to score his second straight weekend sweep. Busch followed up his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series-Cup Series sweep a week prior at Martinsville Speedway by winning the Xfinity and Cup Series races at TMS. After a late race restart, Busch got around Martin Truex Jr. with 33 laps to go and led the rest of the way.

April 9, 2011 – Matt Kenseth snapped a 76-race winless streak with a convincing win in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kenseth, who has finished second four times in the previous 10 races at TMS, raced to an 8.3-second win over Clint Bowyer to score his first win since taking the checkered flag at Auto Club Speedway in February of 2009.

April 9, 2010 – Kyle Busch stormed back from a penalty and an incident on pit road to win the NASCAR Xfinity (Nationwide) Series Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix Raceway. Busch overcame being black flagged with 50 laps to go for jumping a restart and also survived a tangle with teammate Joey Logano on pit road and put on a stirring drive over the closing laps to score his 32nd career series victory. Busch found himself the last car on the lead lap and in 19th position after serving his drive through penalty. But he charged his way back to the front and passed Brad Keselowski for the top spot with five laps to go and went on to notch the victory.

April 9, 2006 – Kasey Kahne became the 11th different winner in the 11 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Texas Motor Speedway when he scored his second Cup victory of the season in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500. After a spirited duel with Tony Stewart in the later stages of the race, Kahne was finally able to stay ahead for the final 27 laps to score the win. Matt Kenseth trailed Kahne across the finish line by 5.2-seconds. Stewart, who dominated much of the race and led the most laps, settled for third with rookie Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

April 9, 2005 – Bobby Labonte held off 2001 winner Ricky Craven and Ron Hornaday Jr. on a late-race restart to score his one and only win in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Labonte won by 0.257 seconds over Craven was the closest finish in series history at the .526-mile speedway. Hornaday, Todd Bodine and Chad Chaffin rounded out the top five. Bodine, who led the most laps with 74, had to give up the lead when he pitted with 39 laps to go.

April 9, 2000 – Mark Martin emerged almost unscathed from near-constant hazards brought by 17 caution flags and his late-race gamble on old tires won the Goody’s Body Pain 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Martin went ahead for the first time when he stayed on the track during a caution with 64 laps to go. He never let teammate Jeff Burton get close during the run to the finish. Rusty Wallace, who led 343 laps, wound up 10th in his 500th career start. The finish was set up when Jerry Nadeau hit the wall in Turn 3 on the 436th lap. Wallace and the rest of the leaders, including Dale Earnhardt and Ward Burton, pitted for tires, putting Martin in front.

April 9, 1995 – Dale Earnhardt won the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway after leading 227 laps. It was the first of five wins that season for Earnhardt, who drove at his pace over the last 85 laps of the race on older tires. Pole winner Jeff Gordon finished second, 13.5 seconds behind, with his right-rear tire going away.

April 9, 1994 – David Green scored his lone win of the season in the Goody’s 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway after a big mistake by Mark Martin. Martin took the white flag as the leader under caution but pulled into the pits to before taking the checkered flag. Martin dominated the race, leading 195 laps, but finished 10th.

April 9, 1989 – It was quite the day the Bristol Motor Speedway between 34 lead changes and 20 cautions it all came down to the closing laps. In the last few laps of the race Darrell Waltrip attempted to chase down Rusty Wallace but failed to as he went on to win the Valleydale Meats 500. Wallace went on to capture the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship.

April 9, 1978 -During the spring race at Darlington Raceway it seemed like it was a day destined for Cale Yarbrough after leading 171 laps until he had engine troubles on lap 315. Once Benny Parsons took over the lead on lap 316 he went on to lead the final 52 laps to win the Rebel 500.

April 9, 1972 – Bobby Allison put the field to shame at Bristol Motor Speedway during the 1972 Southeastern 500. He won in a dominating fashion by winning the race by four laps and leading 458 of 500 laps

April 9, 1988 – During the 1988 running of the Budweiser 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt managed to have quite the day after making contact with Billy Standridge. While spinning out he also lost his rear bumper in the process. Despite the incident he found his way back to the point and led 44 laps to earn the victory.