TDIH: February 26, 1967


Mario67D500

Mario Andretti and Holman-Moody dominate the 9th annual Daytona 500, easily capturing victory in 1967. Andretti would lead 112 laps en route to becoming the first foreign-born winner of the 500, while teammate Fred Lorenzen led 13 laps in finishing second. Continue reading

TDIH: February 25, 1956


CTurner1956Daytona

Curtis Turner captures the first win in NASCAR’s Convertible Division, driving a 1956 Ford Sunliner to easy victory on Daytona Beach. Leading the final 34 of 39 laps, he would finish one lap up on second place, his teammate Fireball Roberts. Continue reading

TDIH: February 22, 1970


Hamilton70D500

Driving for Petty Enterprises, Pete Hamilton wins the twelth annual Daytona 500. This was the first career victory for the 1968 Rookie of the Year, it also gave the Plymouth Superbird a win in it’s debut race. Continue reading

TDIH: February 20, 1972


AJFoyt72D500

AJ Foyt wins the 1972 Daytona 500, putting his name in the record books. Having already won the Indianapolis 500 (’61, ’64, ’67) and 24 Hours of Le Mans (’67), his victory in the Daytona 500 would make him the only driver to win all three events. Continue reading

TDIH: February 19, 1989


Waltrip89D500

Darrell Waltrip, in his seventeenth attempt, finally wins the Daytona 500. The third year Rick Hendrick driver would lead the way, as teammates Ken Schrader and Geoff Bodine finished second and fourth respectively. Continue reading

TDIH: February 18, 1962


Fireball62D500

After a blown engine ended his day a year earlier, Fireball Roberts returned in 1962 to win the Daytona 500 in commanding fashion. He would lead 144 of 200 laps, and cross the line nearly 30 seconds ahead of Richard Petty. Continue reading

TDIH: February 17, 1957


Cotton1957beach

Cotton Owens leads all but nine laps on the soft Daytona sand, en route to his first career Grand National victory. Starting the day in third, he would pilot his Pontiac Chieftain to an average speed of 101.541, the fastest ever on the beach. Continue reading

TDIH: February 16, 1975


Parsons1975Dtona500

Coming from a 32nd place starting position, Benny Parsons takes the lead on lap 198 en route to winning the 1975 Daytona 500. He would capitalize on a spun and stalled David Pearson, passing him before turn 3 and cruising to victory. Continue reading

TDIH: February 15, 1998


Senior500win

In his 20th attempt, Dale Earnhardt Sr. finally wins the Harley J. Earl Trophy, in the 40th running of the Daytona 500. He would lead five times for a total of 107 laps, with the race ending under the caution flag sealing the victory for #3. Continue reading

TDIH: February 14, 1965


fred65dtona500

Fred Lorenzen wins the rain-shortened Daytona 500, the first for driver and car owners Holman-Moody. Reduced to 133 laps, ‘Fast’ Freddie would lead the final 15 laps, and hold off a hard charging Marvin Panch for the victory. Continue reading