May 6, 1991
Gant breaks own record
NASCAR racer Harry Gant broke his own record to become the oldest man to win a NASCAR race when he won the Winston 500 at the Alabama Superspeedway in Talladega. At age 51, Gant ran the fastest on the circuit’s fastest track. The year 1991 would turn out to be a banner one for Gant. En route to finishing a personal record fourth place in the Winston Cup Series point race, Gant earned a new nickname by winning four straight events in the month of September. After he won consecutive races at Darlington, Richmond, Dover Downs, and Martinsville, the stock-car press started calling Gant–previously known as “Handsome” Harry–Mr. September. The four-race string also tied the NASCAR record for most wins over a one-month span.