This Day in NASCAR History: March 29

March 29, 2019 – Kyle Busch captured his fourth straight NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win of the 2019 season in the Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. The win was the 55th of 57 career in Gander Trucks for Busch, who led 94 of the 147 laps. Stewart Friesen, who had to start at the rear of the field for an engine change, did his best to try and rundown Busch in the closing laps but the handling in his truck faded and he was forced to settle for second.

March 29, 2015 – Denny Hamlin held off Brad Keselowski to score the win in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. It was Hamlin’s first win since his victory at Talladega in May 2014 and the first win for Toyota in 2015. Hamlin’s previous Martinsville win came in 2010. Brad Keselowski, who won the previous race at Auto Club Speedway, was able to get to Hamlin’s bumper but never made enough contact to move him out of the way for the lead.

March 29, 2010 – With the rain postponing the race to Monday and rescheduling his knee surgery until Wednesday, March 31, Denny Hamlin went out and cut through the field on a wild green-white-checkered finish to win the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. After leading the most laps with 172, Hamlin found himself having to charge from 10th to first in the final six laps after the team opted to pit for four tires during a caution that was brought out by Jeff Burton. A green-white-checkered finish was set up after Kyle Busch slammed the wall while racing Marcos Ambrose and Paul Menard three-wide in Turn 3. When the field went back to green, Hamlin was able to muscle his way from fourth to first to capture his ninth of 38 career wins and third of five at Martinsville.

March 29, 2009 – Jimmie Johnson wrestled the lead away from Denny Hamlin with 16 laps to go and went on to score the victory in the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The win came on the 25th anniversary of Hendrick Motorsports’ first career win which Geoff Bodine scored at Martinsville in 1984. Hamlin dominated the race and was trying to notch his second straight win in the event at his home track. He had lost the lead to Johnson on a late pit stop but put on a daring move on a restart with 45 laps to go. But Johnson was able to run Hamlin down and the two made contact racing through Turns 3 and 4 with on lap 484. They both slid up the track but Johnson was able to slide by into the lead and Hamlin was forced to settle into second place where he wound up when the checkered flag flew.

March 29, 2003 – Joe Nemechek became the first repeat winner of the 2003 Xfinity (Busch) Series season with a win in a caution-filled O’Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Nemechek was able to take the lead with five laps to go after a red flag was thrown due to a pile-up in Turn 1. When the field went back to green Hermie Sadler, driver of the No. 54 Chevrolet hit the wall forcing the race to end under caution. Nemechek won three races in 2003.

March 29, 1998 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon captured his fourth straight win in the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Gordon led 63 laps and took the Food City 500 checkered flag ahead of NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte.

March 29, 1992 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott held off Harry Gant at Darlington Raceway to win his fourth consecutive victory of the 1992 season (Rockingham, Richmond, Atlanta and Darlington). Elliott went on to win five races that season and finish second in the points to Alan Kulwicki.

March 29, 1987 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt won the TranSouth 500 at Darlington Raceway. Earnhardt, who led 239 laps, passed NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott in Turn 4 on the final lap when Elliott ran out of gas. The win was Earnhardt’s third of nine wins at “the track too tough to tame.”

March 29, 1981 – NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip led 323 of the scheduled 500 laps winning the NASCAR Cup Series race from the pole. The Bristol victory was Waltrip’s third of his 12 win 1981 season, and the first of a run of seven consecutive victories at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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