Classic NASCAR: Rewatch some of the sport's most iconic races of all time

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While we await a return to the race track, NASCAR.com will be looking back at some of the most iconic races the sport has ever seen. Stay tuned each day as a new race replay is unveiled and our memories are refreshed.

2005 Golden Corral 500

Carl Edwards Main 2005 Atlanta
Carl Edwards Main 2005 Atlanta
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In Carl Edwards‘ first full-time season as a NASCAR Cup Series driver, he wasted no time finding Victory Lane. In just his fourth start of the 2005 season, he picked up the very first Cup win of his career at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Rewatch Edwards’ first back-flipping Cup win | Full race results | Edwards through the years

2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500

11 Mar 2001: Kevin Harvick is congratulated by all crew members after winning the Winston Cup Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motorspeedway in Hampton, Georgia. Digital Image. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/ALLSPORT
11 Mar 2001: Kevin Harvick is congratulated by all crew members after winning the Winston Cup Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motorspeedway in Hampton, Georgia. Digital Image. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/ALLSPORT

Relive the emotional 2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway that saw Kevin Harvick get his first NASCAR Cup Series win by holding off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon just weeks after the passing of Dale Earnhardt.

Rewatch Harvick’s first career Cup win in Earnhardt’s car | Full race results | Harvick through the years

2001 Pennzoil Freedom 400

2020 March19 Homesteadelliott Main
2020 March19 Homesteadelliott Main

Bill Elliott‘s storied NASCAR Hall of Fame racing career includes a 1988 NASCAR Cup Series championship, the Winston Million in 1985 and 44 Cup wins. But did you know he went seven years between wins?

Rewatch Bill Elliott’s 2001 at Homestead-Miami Speedway | Full race results | Elliott through the years

 

2016 Ford EcoBoost 400

Edi Youtuberacereplay Tbt 2016homestead
Edi Youtuberacereplay Tbt 2016homestead

Jimmie Johnson had to come from the rear to win his seventh championship and only led three laps during the race.

Rewatch Jimmie Johnson’s 2016 win at Homestead-Miami Speedway | Full race results | Johnson through the years

2011 Ford 400

Dotcomedi Youtuberacereplay Tbt 2011homestead
Dotcomedi Youtuberacereplay Tbt 2011homestead

There had never been a tie for the NASCAR Cup Series championship … that was until the 2011 title came down to the wire between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.

Rewatch Tony Stewart’s title-clincher at Homestead-Miami Speedway  | Full race results | All of Stewart’s wins

 


2015 Ford EcoBoost 400

Dotcomedi Youtuberacereplay Tbt 2015homestead
Dotcomedi Youtuberacereplay Tbt 2015homestead

Before the NASCAR Cup Series could even begin with the annual opening Daytona 500, the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was sidelined with injuries to both legs. Busch missed the first 11 races but later won five of the 25 he did compete in, including the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Nov. 22, 2015, victory granted Busch his first championship — he added a second in 2019.

Rewatch Kyle Busch’s 2015 title win  | Full results 2015 Miami | All of Busch’s wins

2000 DirecTV 500

2020 March25 Dalejrwin Main
2020 March25 Dalejrwin Main

NASCAR.com rekindles those 20-year-ago memories Thursday with a full-race replay of the DirecTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway from April 2, 2000. Earnhardt led a race-high 106 of the 334 laps for the first of his 26 victories in what is now called the NASCAR Cup Series.

Rewatch Earnhardt Jr.’s first win | Full results | All of Earnhardt’s wins


2017 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Jimmie Johnson 2017 Texas win
Jimmie Johnson 2017 Texas win

The 2017 spring race was the first look at the reprofiled, repaved Texas Motor Speedway. Contested over 334 laps on the 1.5-mile oval, the O‘Reilly Auto Parts 500 was the seventh race of the ’17 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Rewatch Johnson’s 2017 win | Full results | A look at repaved Texas

 

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