Friday, December 25, 2009

The Twelfth NASCAR Day of Christmas: Twelve Legends Running

The Saturday Night Special at Bristol might just have been my favorite race of the season. Watching NASCAR legends Cale Yarborough, Harry Gant and Junior Johnson take the track was a potent blend of fun, excitement and unabashed nostalgia. It was a night to remember the sport's roots - and to show appreciation for some of the folks who made NASCAR what it is today.

Youngster Sterling Marlin ended up winning the event, but 70-year-old L.D. Ottinger caused the most excitement with his impressive third-place finish. Gant drove without a hood for most of the race and Rusty Wallace was tough as usual, bringing it home in second place.

Twelve drivers in all finished the race. In addition to Marlin, Yarborough, Gant, Johnson, Ottinger and Wallace - Terry Labonte, Jimmy Spencer, Phil Parsons, Jack Ingram, David Green and Larry Pearson.

The good news is, Bristol will host the race again on March 20, 2010 - only next year they're calling it the Scott's EZ Seed Showdown. So far Yarborough, Gant and Charlie Glotzbach are slated to race. Plus, admission is free with the purchase of a Nationwide ticket.

So that's it! The last NASCAR Day of Christmas. Here are the entire lyrics, as promised. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

The Twelve NASCAR Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, NASCAR gave to me
Twelve legends running
Eleven racers tweeting
Top tens for Gordon
Nine Years of Newman
Eight Drivers Feuding
Seven Wins for Junior
Six Restart Misses
Five Martin Wins!
Four championships
Three Monday races
Two Digger Minutes and
One smashed guitar trophy


  1. Congrats on keeping the home fires burning with the best off-season series of NASCAR posts. The variety shows a fan's heart can be just as knowledgeable and compelling as the mainstream media. And more fun!

  2. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it!