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This Day in NASCAR History: April 10


April 10, 2015 – Erik Jones picked up his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jones led six times for 79 laps, including the final 50 to score the win holding off Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the checkered flag.

April 10, 2010 – Ryan Newman returned to Victory Lane for the first time in 77 races after he took advantage of a late-race caution and a two-tire pit stop to win the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix Raceway. Kyle Busch appeared to be cruising to a victory and a sweep of the Phoenix weekend after his Xfinity (Nationwide) Series win, but a caution came out when Scott Riggs slammed the Turn 3 wall and set up a green-white-checkered finish. As the leaders ducked into pit road, several opted for two tires including Newman and Jeff Gordon. Busch took four and lost several positions in the process. On the final restart, Newman edged ahead of Gordon and stayed there for the final two laps to score his first win as a member of Stewart-Haas Racing.

April 10, 2005 – Jeff Gordon came back from being three laps down and held off Kasey Kahne at the finish to win the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Gordon became the first repeat winner of 2005, also winning the Daytona 500. It was his 71st (of 93) career series win and sixth (of nine) at Martinsville. Gordon fell behind after making an unscheduled pit stop for a loose front wheel on Lap 46. On Lap 279, Gordon was able to rejoin the lead lap when he received the free pass after Elliott Sadler spun Sterling Marlin.

April 10, 2004 – Michael Waltrip inherited victory when the top four cars crashed on the second to last lap in the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Leaders Clint Bowyer (led 104 laps), Kyle Busch, Robby Gordon and Johnny Benson all tangled on the backstretch with two laps to go allowing Waltrip to drive by on the outside and score his 11th career Busch Series win under caution.

April 10, 2000 – Bobby Hamilton led 179 laps to score his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors (Craftsman) Truck Series win in the NAPA 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Hamilton took the win by 4.4 seconds over pole-sitter Mike Wallace, who led 53 laps. The race was held on a Monday after rain postponed the 250-lap event.

April 10, 1999 – Jason Keller led 182 laps from the pole and held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Moore’s Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It ended a 102-race winless streak for Keller and marked the second of his 10 career Xfinity Series wins.

April 10, 1999 – Rick Carelli captured his third career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors (Craftsman) Truck Series win in the Dodge California Truck Stop 300 at Mesa Marin Raceway. After a tight battle between Ron Hornaday Jr. and Kevin Harvick for the lead, Carelli tapped Hornaday with 10 laps to go and went on to score the win.

April 10, 1994 – Dale Earnhardt led the last 183 laps to win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt took the points lead with the win, which marked his eighth of nine at Bristol. He was one of three drivers on the lead lap. Ken Schrader finished second.

April 10, 1993 – Steve Grissom won the Mountain Dew 400 at Hickory Motor Speedway for his seventh of 11 career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series wins. Grissom held off a hard charging Ricky Craven for the victory.

April 10, 1989 – Rick Wilson captured his first career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series win in the Budweiser 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wilson led 161 laps from the pole and held off Mark Martin for the victory.

April 10, 1988 – Bill Elliott battled Geoffrey Bodine and rebounded from a spin in the closing laps to win the Valleydale Meats 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Elliott, who led 116 laps, got spun by Bodine with seven to go while leading for the final caution. Elliott and Mark Martin pitted for fresh tires and Bodine stayed out. When the field went back to green with four laps to go, it only took Elliott one lap to pass Bodine and from there he went on score his first NASCAR Cup Series short track win. Martin finished second and Bodine wound up third.

April 10, 1983 – Harry Gant won the TranSouth 500 for his first of four Darlington Raceway victories in the NASCAR Cup Series. Gant got by Darrell Waltrip, who was experiencing and ignition issue in his Chevrolet, with two laps to go to take the checkered flag. It marked his third of 18 career wins. Waltrip finished second after leading 70 laps.

Other winners on this date: 1971 – Bobby Isaac (Greenville-Pickens); 1960 – Richard Petty (Martinsville); 1958 – Speedy Thompson (Columbia)