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November 6, 1988 – The first Polish Victory Lap

NASCAR racer Alan Kulwicki introduced the world to the Polish victory lap on this day in 1988 after winning the Checker 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which was his first Winston Cup Win. The Polish victory lap, now a tradition in many forms of auto racing, involves the driver turning their car around and driving it the opposite way of the race around the track. They often will take the checkered flag and wave it to the fans. Kulwicki, who was of Polish descent, had the nickname the “Polish Prince,” and following his death in a light aircraft accident in 1993, the Polish victory lap name was solidified. Kulwicki had won the Rookie of the Year title in 1986 and won the 1992 Winston Cup Championship, a title he never got to try and defend. Images:Kulwicki’s 1988 car, which he used for his first Polish victory lap- By transplanted mountaineer – Flickr, CC BY 2.0Alan Kulwicki in 1991 at Sears Point – By jbspec7 –, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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