The The 2021 NASCAR season is over in time for the holidays as is traditionally the case, but 20 years ago it lasted longer than expected for the most terrible reason imaginable.
Following the events of September 11, the Cup Series took a break from the rest of the American sports world, skipping the following weekend before resuming September 23 at Dover International Speedway.
Earnhardt won the Cal Ripken 400 at Dover International Speedway during the NASCAR returns to racing after the September 11 attacks. (Images / Jamie Squire / ALLSPORT)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won this event and proudly carried a Soul rican flag during the celebration of his victory in front of the 140,000 fans gathered, many of whom are holding their own flags or dressed in red, white and blue.
Jeff Gordon led the pack to start the New Hampshire 300. (Robert Laberge / Images)
The missed race that was scheduled for New Hampshire International Speedway was moved to the week following the final originally scheduled in Atlanta and held on Friday 23 November to take into account a possible delay due to a snowstorm in New England.
Qualifications have been canceled and the field has been established using the points classification as it followed the race on September 9 in Richmond. This put Jeff Gordon, who had already won his fourth and final career championship in Atlanta,on pole.
Robby Gordon won his first Cup Series race at the New Hampshire 300 in 2001. (Images / Darrell Ingham / ALLSPORT )
Gordon won, but Jeff didn't. Instead, it was Robbie Gordon who claimed his first Cup Series victory after Jeff Gordon was flagged black for retaliation against the then eventual winner that the two were fighting for the lead and finished one lap in 15th place.