Just a heads up, if any of your family or friends are big NASCAR fans, their schedule has just filled up for the foreseeable future.
NASCAR is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and along with honoring the 75 greatest drivers in the sport’s history, they’ve also done something that NASCAR fans have been begging for for a long time: They’re giving you the chance to re-watch some of the sport’s greatest races.
Yesterday NASCAR unveiled a new website, NASCAR Classics, featuring HD video of some of the greatest races in the sport’s history, dating all the way back to the Daytona Beach race (yes, actually ON the beach) from 1951 and running all the way through the Cook Out 400 at Richmond Raceway just a few weeks ago.
There are hundreds of races on the website, and the quality is pretty incredible for video that was shot (in some cases) decades ago. Oh, and they’re also ad-free.
What more could you want as a NASCAR fan?
The incredible races that are now online include the 1979 Daytona 500, the first race that was broadcast on TV from start to finish and featured the infamous fight on the backstretch grass between Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers Bobby and Donnie.
There’s also the Winston All-Star Race from 1987 with Dale Earnhardt’s legendary “Pass in the Grass,” the 1992 Hooters 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway that marked both the final race for the King, Richard Petty, and the first race for rookie Jeff Gordon, and of course there’s Dale Earnhardt’s iconic 1998 win in the Daytona 500.
The website also features races like the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 from Darlington Raceway, which ended with the closest finish in NASCAR history, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s emotional 2001 victory in the Coca Cola 400, the sport’s first race back at Daytona International Speedway after the death of Dale Earnhardt.
I can’t even begin to list all of the classic moments that are in all of these races, and there are hundreds and hundreds of races to choose from, so if you’re a NASCAR fan, go ahead and go to classics.nascar.com and dig in to see what you can find.
I know what I’m going to be doing this weekend, that’s for sure.