The 2021 NASCAR season is wrapped up in time for the vacations because it historically is, however 20 years in the past it ran longer than anticipated for probably the most terrible purpose possible.

Following the occasions of 9/11, the Cup Series went on hiatus with the remainder of the American sports world, skipping the next weekend earlier than it resumed on Sept. 23 at Dover International Speedway.

Earnhardt won the Cal Ripken 400 at Dover International Speedway upon NASCAR's return to racing following the 9/11 attacks.

Earnhardt won the Cal Ripken 400 at Dover International Speedway upon NASCAR’s return to racing following the 9/11 assaults.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. won that occasion and proudly carried an American flag throughout his victory celebration in entrance of the 140,000 assembled followers, many holding their very own flags or wearing pink, white and blue.

Jeff Gordon led the field to start the New Hampshire 300.

Jeff Gordon led the sphere to begin the New Hampshire 300.
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The missed race that was scheduled for New Hampshire International Speedway was moved to the week after the initially deliberate finale at Atlanta and held on Friday, November 23 to accommodate a attainable delay for a New England snow storm.

Qualifying was canceled and the sphere set utilizing the factors standings as they had been following the Sept. 9 race at Richmond. That put Jeff Gordon, who had already clinched his fourth and last profession championship in Atlanta, on pole.

Robby Gordon won his first Cup Series race at the 2001 New Hampshire 300.

Robby Gordon won his first Cup Series race on the 2001 New Hampshire 300.
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Gordon won, however not Jeff. Instead it was Robbie Gordon who grabbed his first Cup Series victory after Jeff Gordon was black flagged for retaliatory contact towards the eventual winner as the 2 had been battling for the lead and completed a lap down in fifteenth place.