Illegal Wins: The History of Disqualifications (feat. Ken Martin of NASCAR Productions)

A Lifetime in Motorsports

Aug 11 2022 • 1 hr 16 mins

During the very early days of NASCAR's existence, drivers and car owners looked for any way possible to gain advantages that at times led to race wins. NASCAR officials immediately looked at their cars and wasted little time finding problems when they arose after leaving victory lane. On seven occasions, wins were taken away and given to second-place drivers. In the early 1960s, NASCAR's founder, Bill France Sr. stopped the practice of taking wins away and elected to take points away and levy hefty fines. His reasoning was that fans should leave the track knowing which driver was the winner. Over 60 years passed before a Cup Series winner was disqualified, the latest being Denny Hamlin at Pocono on July 24, 2022.  Historians Ben White, Jerry Bonkowski and special guest Ken Martin discuss times in NASCAR history when wins were taken away, as well as other subjects including the origins of No. 73 during podcast No. 73 of "A Lifetime in NASCAR."     Give "A Lifetime in NASCAR" a listen for some interesting information on this week's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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