Peters has chance to make NASCAR history


By Dominic Aragon
April 27, 2018

TALLADEGA, Ala.—If he finds Victory Lane in the Geico 500 Sunday, Timothy Peters will become the seventh driver in the history of NASCAR’s premier series to win in their debut.


We first reported the 37-year-old driver would attempt to qualify for the Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with Ricky Benton Racing in the No. 92 Ford.


“It’d be pretty cool, and it can happen, superspeedway racing is always exciting,” Peters said to The Racing Experts.


Notable drivers who won their first Cup Series race at Talladega include Ron Bouchard (1981), Brad Keselowski (2009) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2017).

According to research across two racing databases, six drivers have won in their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut.

The feat was accomplished five times across NASCAR’s first three seasons; twice in 1949 and 1950, and once in 1951.

The last driver to record a victory in their debut was Johnny Rutherford in February of 1963, winning in a Daytona 500 qualifier race.


The Geico 500 will be run Sunday with television coverage on FOX at 2 p.m. ET.


DRIVER TRACK DATETOTAL STARTS
Jim RoperCharlotte SpeedwayJune 19, 19492
Jack WhiteHamburg SpeedwaySeptember 18, 194912
Harold KiteBeach & Road CourseFebruary 5, 19509
Leon SalesNorth Wilkesboro SpeedwaySeptember 24, 19508
Marvin BurkeOakland StadiumOctober 14, 19511
Johnny RutherfordDaytona International SpeedwayFebruary 22, 196335

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SOURCESmcubed.net/nascar/Racing-Reference.info