How many Cup Series races have been run on Easter?


By Dominic Aragon

March 31, 2018


It has not been a common site to see NASCAR racing on Easter weekend.


In its 70-year history, NASCAR has held Monster Energy Cup Series races on Easter just 11 times.


The first race held on the holiday was in 1953, when Dick Passwater picked up his lone Cup Series win at the three-fourths mile dirt track Charlotte Speedway.


NASCAR held a race on Easter for five consecutive seasons from 1959 to 1963.


Richard Petty won three times on Easter Sunday, the most of any driver.


The last time NASCAR ran on Easter was in 1989, when Rusty Wallace picked up the win at Richmond Raceway.


According to Motorsports Unplugged, the race was originally scheduled in February but was moved to Easter due to inclement weather.


Additionally, NASCAR has held eight races on the Saturday before Easter (1952, 1958, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1985).


MENCS RACES RAN ON EASTER

YEAR

TRACK

WINNER

1953

Charlotte Speedway

Dick Passwater

1954

Central City Speedway

Gober Sosebee

1959

Wilson Speedway

Junior Johnson

1960

Wilson Speedway

Richard Petty

1961

Hickory Motor Speedway

Cotton Owens

1962

Martinsville Speedway

Richard Petty

1963

South Boston Speedway

Richard Petty

1965

North Wilkesboro Speedway

Junior Johnson

1969

Hickory Motor Speedway

Bobby Isaac

1970

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Bobby Allison

1989

Richmond Raceway

Rusty Wallace


SOURCES

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Kevin Laughery

Motorsports Unplugged

Racing-Reference.info


IMAGES

Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images