No. 46 Made History at First BMS National Event, 46 Days Remain Until Track's 2014 Spring Event
On July 30, 1961, a small town situated in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee hosted its first NASCAR Grand National Series event, and after 500 sweltering laps around what would become one of NASCAR's most popular tracks it was the No. 46 parked in Bristol's Victory Lane.
Jack Smith raced the car to the lead at Lap 150 but was unable to hang onto the top spot until the No. 46 found its way back to the front on Lap 268, where it would stay for the remainder of the event. Smith, however, was not at the helm when his non-air conditioned ride crossed the finish line, having yielded the seat with 210 laps to go due to intense heat and a blistered foot.
Although Johnny Allen occupied the driver's seat on Lap 500, NASCAR rules credit the driver who started the race with the win, giving Jack Smith and the No. 46 machine a permanent place in the history books.
And with only 46 days remaining until new names are etched in Bristol's record books at the 2014 March event, don't miss your chance to witness history inside the Last Great Colosseum.