Something caught my attention on TV the other day. Let's see if it was right.
When and where did Dale Earnhardt lead his first laps in Grand National competition?
updated by @dennis-andrews: 12/05/16 04:10:12PM
My first thought was 1979 Daytona 500 when he raced the Osterlund Buick. But then I thought this might be a trick question & that he'd led a lap here or there in 77 or 78. But if my research is right, his first laps led were indeed in the 79 500.
Chase, I was watching a Back in the Day program on the 1979 Daytona 500 the other night and that is what they said on the broadcast. They also talked about all the cameras (12) that were bringing us the broadcast in addition to the in-car cameras. Several shots stand out but the ones showing the nose of a car coming up behind a camera car caught my eye. First was the use of stock body pieces on the front ends and then the cars rotating on their roll axis with plenty of clearance under the front bumpers. Not like today with the splitter sucked down on the pavement and almost no body roll.