TDIH: February 6, 1955


Herb Thomas wins at West Palm Beach, the second race of the 1955 season and the first of the calendar year. The two-time Grand National champion started on the outside of polesitter Dick Rathmann, en route to his final victory in a Hudson Hornet. Rathman would eventually settle for a fourth place finish, driving the #3 Blue Crown Hudson for owner John Ditz. A sparse field of 16 cars took to the track, with only 12 of those driving under the checkered flag. Other notable drivers starting that day were Buck Baker, Junior Johnson, the 1954 NASCAR Modified Division champion Jack Choquette, 1954 Rookie of the Year Blackie Pitt, and the 1954 Grand National champion Lee Petty. For his efforts, Thomas would take home $1000 in prize money. He went on to win twice more in ’55, winning at Raleigh in a Buick, and again two weeks later for his third Southern 500 victory in a Motoramic sponsored Chevrolet.


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