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The Scene Vault: Ricky Craven’s Iconic Darlington Victory


By Rick Houston

The images will be seared into the memory banks of NASCAR fans for as long as races are held.

Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch, banging fenders coming off turn four to the checkered flag at Darlington, the nose of Craven’s Pontiac reaching the stripe a mere fraction of a second ahead of Busch’s Ford. The excitement in the voices of Fox broadcasters Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.

Have you ever?!?

No, I’ve never!

Kurt Busch made his way to victory lane to congratulate Craven on his hard-fought win. It was racing the way racing was meant to be. Hard racing on the track, no hard feelings afterward.

This is Ricky Craven’s story.


For more than 32 years, Grand National/Winston Cup/NASCAR Scene writers and photographers were there to record NASCAR history as it was being made. Join hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid each week on The Scene Vault Podcast Presented by Q Ware as they take a look back at the extraordinary people, places and events woven into the rich tapestry that is our sport.

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