Friday night's Nationwide Series event will mark the 1,000th race in the storied history of NASCAR's No. 2 division. From Dale Earnhardt Sr. winning the first event at Daytona on Feb. 13, 1982, to Kevin Harvick's win last weekend in Atlanta, NASCAR's 'second series' has produced some fantastic races over the last three-plus decades.
The series that used to compete at rural short tracks such Hickory, South Boston, Caraway and Greenville-Pickens has morphed into the second-most popular form of motorsports in the United States.
Some of NASCAR's all-time greatest drivers have won races in the Nationwide Series, which has featured many exciting moments and helped advance both safety and the sport as a whole, along the way.
The Nationwide Series, as it has been known since 2008, was developed out of the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division in 1982. After Earnhardt Sr. won that inaugural race at Daytona, most of the season was run primarily on the short tracks throughout the Southeast.