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10 Classic NASCAR Races You Can Watch on YouTube Right Now

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One of the best gems of NASCAR YouTube is the sheer amount of classic races. NASCAR uploads their races in full on YouTube nowadays, but any race prior to 2014 can likely be found in YouTube either uploaded by the community or by NASCAR itself. There is nothing quite like watching a classic NASCAR race that you remember fondly in full on YouTube.

What are some of the best races to watch on YouTube? Here is a list of the 10 best NASCAR races you can watch on YouTube right now!

10. 1970 Talladega 500

Sure it may not be the most iconic race on this list, but it’s just so cool to watch a race like this in the modern day. It was set before NASCAR’s modern era even began, and it provides cool insight into how NASCAR races were covered during this time. Talk about a classic race replay on NASCAR YouTube.

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9. 1999 Goody’s 500 at Bristol

Did Dale Earnhardt really mean to spin Terry Labonte out, or just “Rattle his cage?” You can be the judge with the full 1999 Goody’s 500 available on NASCAR’s YouTube page. This is the story of how Dale Earnhardt drove from 26th starting spot and fought past a hard charging Terry Labonte for a big time win.

8. 2011 Ford 400

Tony Stewart’s run through the 2011 NASCAR Playoffs is still one of the most incredible runs to this day. It all came down to a battle between him and Carl Edwards in the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This made Stewart the first owner-driver to win a Championship since Alan Kulwicki, and it’s available to watch on YouTube.

7. 2000 Winston 500

Dale Earnhardt’s final career victory may be the most intimidating thing that “The Intimidator” ever did. Coming from 18th to first on the final lap to win his 10th career race at Talladega. This race is your chance to see the Intimidator do that he did best on NASCAR’s YouTube page.

6. 2009 Aaron’s 499

This is the race which began the concept of tandem drafting, and the insane finish between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. Truly one of the most interesting, yet controversial races in NASCAR history. It’s free and ready to watch on NASCAR YouTube.

5. 2001 Pepsi 400

The story of the 2001 Pepsi 400 seems straight out of a movie to this day. The incredible race that Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran on that night is the stuff of NASCAR legends and it is readily available on NASCAR YouTube right now. The 2001 Pepsi 400 is the story of how NASCAR continued to heal following the death of Dale Earnhardt.

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4. 1992 Hooters 500

Not only was this Richard Petty’s last race, but it was also Jeff Gordon’s first race with a Cup Series Championship to be decided. How did the story of Davey Allison’s tumultuous 1992 season come to an end, and how did Alan Kulwicki bring his “Underbird” to one of the most improbable championships in NASCAR history? The story of the 1992 Hooters 500 is still being told on NASCAR’s YouTube page.

3. 1998 Daytona 500

In 1998, Dale Earnhardt finally became a champion of the Daytona 500. The full race showing every excruciating lap of the race is readily available on NASCAR’s YouTube page. The handshake line after the race, the surprisingly clean race, and everything in-between is right here.

2. 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

You may have known that Ricky Craven won the spring race at Darlington in 2003, but do you know how he got there? Did you know that he came from fourth place with 25 laps to go, or did you know that Kurt Busch lost his power steering? If you want to know how all of that happened, then you can watch the full race on NASCAR’s YouTube page.

1. 1979 Daytona 500

You’ve watched the documentaries, heard the stories, and seen the feature stories. Now, you can watch the 1979 Daytona 500 in full thanks to NASCAR’s YouTube page. The first Daytona 500 to be broadcast flag-to-flag featuring that iconic finish, the fight, and everything in between is free to watch whenever you’d like on YouTube.

This list is far from exhaustive, and virtually any NASCAR race is available on YouTube in some way, shape, or form. NASCAR is likely just beginning with uploading these classic races, but what other races can and will they add in the future?

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