Marshall Teague wins his first career race in the 1951 opener, held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course. He would lead the final 12 laps, en route to giving the Hudson Hornet its first NASCAR victory. Having seen the potential of the lower-bodied Hornet, Teague would approach Hudson seeking factory support, and prove right by winning three of the first six races in 1951. Leading the opening 27 laps, Tim Flock started the weekend in record fashion, become the first driver to break the 100mph qualifying barrier, sitting on pole with a speed of 102.2mph in a Lincoln. Having driven a Oldsmobile for most of the year, Flock would switch to a Hudson before the end of the season, winning at Lakewood and finishing second at Mobile. Teague would win twice more in 1951, with Hudson compiling twelve victories between four drivers, including the 1951 Grand National champion Herb Thomas.