NASCAR’s Most Surprising Upsets – Part 2

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National Speed Sport News' coverage of Dick Brooks' victory at Talladega Superspeedway.
National Speed Sport News’ coverage of Dick Brooks’ victory at Talladega Superspeedway.

Dick Brooks

For more than 15 years Dick Brooks was a regular on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, finishing as high as seventh in the standings and making more than 350 series starts. His lone victory, however, came at Talladega Superspeedway in 1973.

When team owner and driver Jimmy Crawford was sidelined by NASCAR for a lack of experience on big speedways, Dick Brooks got the call to drive the No. 22 Plymouth in his place. Starting 24th, Brooks marched to the front. He took the lead for the final time on lap 181, driving to a 7.2-second margin of victory over Buddy Baker.