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. Virtually untouched in the final laps, the nearest competitor at the flag was Bobby Allison, crossing the line over a lap down in his Penske Matador. Drafting with Richard Petty who was several laps down, Parsons was making up a second a lap, before the untimely pirouette by the #21 Wood Brothers Mercury down the backstretch. Petty, who had the started the day in fourth, lost laps during an unscheduled pit stop with his #43 STP Dodge overheating and loosing water. After hooking up with Parsons, he would eventually finish in seventh, running 8 laps behind the #72 Kings Row Chevrolet after leading 51 laps earlier in the race. With help from the track crew, Pearson would get his car restarted, and ultimately finish a disappointing fourth, being scored two laps down to Parsons. For his efforts, the 1973 Winston Cup champion collected $43905 and the trophy, only leading four laps all day including the final three. It was Parsons’ third career victory, and lone victory of the ’75 campaign, finishing the year fourth in points.

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