Recent Incident From NASCAR Xfinity Series Marks the Repeat of an Unfortunate Record After 60 Years

Published 07/18/2022, 1:37 AM EDT
Jun 26, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) and driver Chase Elliott (9) drive toward turn one during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Many penalties have flooded the 2022 season so far, but few disqualifications. However, an incident from the Xfinity Series race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway changes that with an unfortunate record.

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And, one of the top drivers is involved.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 01: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Switch Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Xfinty Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Landon Cassill and Noah Gragson were both disqualified ahead of the race. While NASCAR officials disqualified Gragson because his car was too low in the front, Cassill’s car was disqualified because of the rear being too low.

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This incident repeats an unfortunate incident from the Inaugural World 600 race in 1960, which was the first time over one car was disqualified ahead of a race.

But what happened 60 years ago?

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What Happened In 1960?

The first ever race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway happened in 1960, the World 600.

As drivers prepped for the race, longer than the 500-mile Daytona 500, there were some issues on the pit road.

May 29, 2022; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) and NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) lead a restart during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

In fact, six drivers, including “The King” Richard Petty, Lee Petty, Bob Welborn, Paul Lewis, Junior Johnson, and Lenny Page, were disqualified after the race for making an illegal exit outside of the pit road.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty looks on before a game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Washington Football Team at Allegiant Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

In fact, the disqualification happened after the race had already started. Moreover, the drivers were not used to the track, and apparently it was a mess.

Richard Petty said, “I just tried to miss the holes to survive,”

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He added, “You could drive around the holes, but every once in a while somebody would hit one and throw out another rock or (chunk of asphalt). It was but at the time everything was so crude.”

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In the end, everything turned out well for Charlotte Motor Speedway, as it’s now regarded as one of the crown jewels of NASCAR. What do you think about the race? Let us know in the comments.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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