1979: "They said it will never work," says track promoter Dick Gore after announcing the formation of a brand new division, the Late Model Stock Cars. It would turn out to be the fastest growing division that NASCAR would ever have. Current Late Model driver Billy Earl becomes the 1st ever Late Model track champ at ODS, beating Doug Hartley by 78 points. The Late Model Sportsman champ was Bobby Ballentine, followed by Wyman Buel. The Street Stock title was won by Tony J.Lowe over Donald Skinner.