TDIH: February 26, 1967


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. The duo would be the only 2 of 50 drivers to complete all 500 miles, with James Hylton coming in third a lap down, and Tiny Lund out of gas two laps behind in fourth. The race as a whole would see most competitors either spin out on the cool and slick track surface, or drop out with mechanical issues, with 18 cars surviving until the checkered flag. This was to be the only win for Andretti in NASCAR, running a total of 14 races over four years in his brief foray into stock car racing. Lorenzen would see his 26th and final career victory two days prior, winning the second qualifying event on the high banks.


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