Chicago Is Not NASCAR’s First Street Race

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — While this weekend’s Chicago Street Race featuring the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series is the first street race for a NASCAR national series, it most certainly is not the first time NASCAR stock cars have raced on a street circuit. According to the SPEED SPORT archives, the NASCAR Winston West Series ran three street course events and one parking lot race during the 1980s. Two street course races were run during the 1987 season, with a third coming in 1988. Jack Smith drove a Ford Thunderbird to victory, beating future Cup Series driver Chad Little by 3.7 seconds.

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