TDIH: February 13, 1955


Lee Petty dominates the Speedway Park 200 in Jacksonville, leading 168 laps en route to victory. Starting on the outside of Dick Rathman’s #3 Hudson, Lee in his Chrysler would lead early and often on the half-mile dirt oval. Petty and Rathman would go to battle throughout the event, with each seeing the front four times a piece, with the latter leading a total of 30 laps. The only other leader on the day was Herb Thomas, also in a Hudson Hornet, staying out front for two laps early in the race. The three men would be the only lead-lap finishers, with their nearest competitor, Buck Baker, lagging over six circuits behind in fourth. For his efforts, Lee was awarded a $1000 check, and collected his second win in the first three races of the 1955 campaign. He would go on to win four more races that year, eventually settling for third in points.


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