Sunday, June 19, 1949 – After one season of sanctioning Modified races around the country, NASCAR launches its Strictly Stock series. The inaugural 200-lap event was contested at Charlotte (N.C.) Speedway, a three-quarter mile dirt track. Local racer Glenn Dunaway was flagged the winner, however he was later disqualified for having altered rear springs on his ’47 Ford. As a result, the series’ first victory was awarded to Kansas native Jim Roper.
• Roper, who completed only 197 of the race’s 200 laps, had learned of the inaugural event when he saw it mentioned in the nationally syndicated comic strip Smilin’ Jack.
• Attendance for the race was estimated at 13,000.
• Nine different makes of automobiles were featured.
• The 33-car lineup was set via qualifying. Bob Flock was the series’ first pole winner.
• Six future NASCAR Hall of Fame members competed in the race: Red Byron, Tim Flock, Curtis Turner, Buck Baker, Lee Petty and Herb Thomas.
• Roper made only one more start in the series, finishing 15th later that year at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, N.C.
• The race was the first of eight for the inaugural season; the track hosted 12 races in what is now the Cup series as well as three convertible series events.
• Admission was $2 (infield), $3 (grandstand) and $4 (reserved grandstand).