Thanksgiving isn’t the same without family, turkey, and NASCAR!!!
The leaves have changed into their beautiful autumn gingers and crimsons. The carved pumpkins are in the trash and the scary decorations are in the attic. This is also the time when the NASCAR season comes to an end until next year. With these two occasions occurring around the same time it’s safe to assume that Thanksgiving and NASCAR season’s final races probably collided in the past 63 years. This assumption is right.
Frank Mundy won the 41st and last race of the 1951 season three days prior to the 1951 holiday and in 1967, Richard Petty won at Montgomery three days after Thanksgiving that year. In 1959, Ned Jarrett won at Columbia on Thanksgiving Day and in 1962, Jim Paschal won at Tar Heel Speedway, also on Thanksgiving Day! I bet we can guess what those racers were especially thankful those days!
That’s not the only way NASCAR linked to the Thanksgiving holiday.
As we all know, the Pilgrims sailed the Mayflower from England, and arrived in Plymouth Rock.
NASCAR has a Pilgrim; Andy Pilgrim that is! And Mr. Pilgrim is originally from England. From England, he found NASCAR country, in the USA. And that Mayflower the Pilgrims used, NASCAR has worked with Mayflower as well. In 2005, Mayflower Transit sponsored Jeff Burton to race at the California Speedway.
Saying that NASCAR was at Plymouth Rock would be a stretch but Richard Petty did break a record in his 1967 Plymouth Belvedere by winning more in that striking blue number 43 Plymouth than any other car in NASCAR history.
What’s a Thanksgiving without a turkey? How about serving up the main course with the Turkey Night Grand Prix! This tradition goes back to 1934, featuring USAC Midgets and Sprint Cars with drivers from all over the country, like Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne, all meeting at California’s Toyota Speedway to share Thanksgiving night with each other.
So this holiday, when you are surrounded by your special NASCAR family and plan your trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, share some of these nifty facts and learn more at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, open this year during the Thanksgiving holiday from 10a.m. to 5p.m..