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Social Roundup #ThrowbackThursday: a network theme song and an airborne Ricky Rudd

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It’s time for another stroll through NASCAR history with the help of the vastness of social media and #ThrowbackThursday.

Back in the 1990s, before NASCAR entered TV deals with NBC and Fox, NASCAR races could be found on CBS, ESPN, ABC, TNN (The Nashville Network) and TBS (Turner Broadcasting System).

Here’s the theme song that accompanied the TBS broadcasts of races.

It’s been 20 years since Texas Motor Speedway held its first NASCAR weekend in April 1997. The track has shared a photo of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt hanging out on the construction site that would eventually become the 1.5-mile track in Forth Worth, Texas.

It has now become legend that Ricky Rudd once competed in a race with his eyelids taped open after a terrible wreck. That race was the 1984 Daytona 500. Rudd was injured in the Busch Clash earlier in the week when he went airborne and flipped multiple times down the frontstretch. Here his No. 15 Wrangler car as seen in mid-air before it begins its tumble.

In case you were wondering, Rudd finished seventh in the Daytona 500 with his eyes taped open and a week later won his third Cup race in the Miller High Life 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Four years later, Bobby and Davey Allison would finish 1-2 in the Daytona 500, with the elder Allison winning his final Cup Series race. The Motor Racing Network broadcast of the race will be available on iTunes today.

Here’s a post from the folks over at the NASCAR Hall of Fame looking back at the days of racing on the beaches of Daytona.

And to finish it off, click through this Jeff Gordon tweet to see a picture of four-time Cup champion from his sprint car days, back before he had that iconic mustache from his rookie Cup season.

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NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson’s patience propels him to victory lane in Food City 500

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Jimmie Johnson is known for his patience behind the wheel. Where other drivers may get too hot under the collar and over-react, Johnson is typically cool as a cucumber — and that’s helped lead him to many of his 82 career NASCAR Cup wins.

That patience once again played out in Johnson’s win Monday in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, only his second career triumph (and first in seven years) at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

On Monday’s NASCAR America, Greg Biffle and Kyle Petty discussed Johnson’s patience throughout Monday’s race.



Heavy foot on pit road foils Kyle Larson once again at Bristol

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Kyle Larson did everything he could to win Monday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

He led a race-high 203 laps in the 500-lap event, including dominating Stage 1, leading all 125 laps, as well as the first 77 laps in Stage 2.

But Larson, known for the heavy foot he has, saw that need for speed at the wrong time likely cost him the win.

When Erik Jones wrecked on Lap 422, Larson came to pit road and was too fast across two consecutive timing zones on the front straightaway en route to his pit stall.

“I was just pushing on pit road and messed up there,” Larson said after the race. “To start the race, I was the leader, I would run all my greens down pit road, and then once I fell back … down the straightaway I was running one red and flashed the second red real quick, and I guess that was all she wrote.”

NASCAR penalized Larson for speeding on pit road, dropping him to the back of the longest line, restarting in 20th place with 72 laps left in the race.

“Yeah, I knew I gave the race away there,” Larson said. “(I’m) disappointed in myself. I think I speed on pit road every single time I come to Bristol. So, I’ve got to clean that up.”

There’s that heavy foot admission once again.

Ironically, it was Larson’s first speeding penalty this season.

To his credit, Larson was able to quickly climb back up the grid, but couldn’t finish higher than sixth.

Still, Larson tried to a positive spin on things as he began to leave the track.

“I don’t know what more you could ask out of this place,” Larson said. “This is the best track we go to, most exciting place, and I love coming here.”

But he doesn’t like the way he came out of it once again, thanks to that darn heavy foot.

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NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett, Kelli Stavast recap Bristol driver performances

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After waiting out 28 straight hours of rain, Monday’s rescheduled Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway produced a rather exciting race.

The addition of adhesive to the lower grove at the track gave drivers additional grip that led to side-by-side and even three-wide racing.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Kelli Stavast discussed the top driver performances in Monday’s race.



NASCAR America: My Home Track: Maine’s Oxford Plains, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

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NASCAR America’s My Home Track series continued Monday as we visited Maine, otherwise known as the Pine Tree State.

Not only is it a great state for racing, including places like Oxford Plains and Beach Ridge Motor Speedway, Maine also lays claim to NBCSN’s own Steve Letarte, who paid homage to his home state in Monday’s edition of NASCAR America.