The same men who used their skills as drivers and mechanics to outrun the law while running homemade moonshine used those same skills to found one of the most popular motorsports in the U.S.: NASCAR.
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The 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup season was ultra-competitive racing with some on-field fights thrown in for good measure. A record qualifying speed of 196.049 mph broke the old top speed record. Follow the season highlights from 1979.
Jeff Gordon had already won two national championships by the time he was 10 years old. In 1995, he won his first NASCAR championship at the age of 24, becoming the second youngest to wear the cherished crown.