"I can't say I was at any of these events but April 12th is of special significance to me and juding from the names listed in the finishing order of those events, they must have been great races as were many races back "in-the-day".
Those remarks are in quotation because I, The Legend, did not write them. Nor did I write what follows until you reach the stars (****) at the bottom of this post. This was submitted to me tonight by Randy Myers, someone I am very honored to call my friend. So, without further ado, verbatim, here is Randy's History Minute for April 12th:
Since the beginning of NASCAR, there were only four "Cup" events on April 12th before the "modern era."
In 1970 Pete Hamilton scored the win at Talladega Superspeedway in the Petty Enterprises Superbird edging Bobby Isaac for the top spot. David Pearson, Benny Parson and Cale Yarborough rounded out the top five.
In 1963, Orange Speedway in Hillsborough, NC hosted the Grand Nationals and Pearson bested Dick Hutcherson by three laps for the win with Larry Thomas, Ralph Earnhardt and Bobby Keck completing the top five.
In 1958, Speedy Thompson and Jack Smith were the only cars on the lead lap of the 200 lapper at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, SC. Junior Johnson, Eddie Pagan and Possum Jones completed the top five.
Also on April 12, 1958, Bill Myers passed George Dunn for the lead on the 7th lap of a 35 lap feature (Late Model Sportsman Division) at Bowman Gray Stadium (the track featured in Tim's April 11th Minute) in Winston-Salem, NC. With only 5 laps to go in the race, Myers pulled off the track into the hedge off turn 4 and passed away. Dunn went on to win the race and the following day Perk Brown drove the Myers car to a win at the Greensboro, NC Fairgrounds track.
In 1952, Buck Baker scored his first GN win at The Columbia Speedway over Dick Rathman, Frankie Schneider and Joe Eubanks.
******* The above words are verbatim from Randy Myers. The Bill Myers that passed away in 1958 on this date was the father of Randy. Bill left a great legacy in racing, but more than that, he left a son who cares as much about the sport as his father did. Randy Myers in not just my "social network friend", he has become a very special friend to me. It was Randy who removed my distain for the NASCAR Hall of Fame by inviting me to visit there with him. Turned out to be one of the most memorable days I've had in a long time.
When I started this History Minute series here in the Forum, I was hoping I would get comments from others with memories of events and that has happened. To have received the call tonight from Randy and the subsequent submission of his History Minute is more than I imagined.
Thank you, Randy, for giving us this very personal look back into the hertitage of this sport we all love so much. I know your father is very proud of you and all you have done and continue to do in and for the sport.
Honor the past, embrace the present, and dream for the future
updated by @tim-leeming: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM