TDIH: February 25, 1956


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Curtis Turner captures the first win in NASCAR’s Convertible Division, driving a 1956 Ford Sunliner to easy victory on Daytona Beach. Leading the final 34 of 39 laps, he would finish one lap up on second place, his teammate Fireball Roberts. Continue reading

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TDIH: February 18, 1962


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After a blown engine ended his day a year earlier, Fireball Roberts returned in 1962 to win the Daytona 500 in commanding fashion. He would lead 144 of 200 laps, and cross the line nearly 30 seconds ahead of Richard Petty. Continue reading

Johnny wins and Petty grins


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After 500 miles on the freshly laid Daytona asphalt, Johnny Beauchamp wins in one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history. But then again, he didn’t. Lee Petty did. Continue reading

TDIH: January 20, 1963


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Dan Gurney wins his first career race in the Riverside 500, in only his third start. The #28 Holman-Moody Ford led 120 of the 185 laps on the day, taking over the top spot from Fireball Roberts on lap 101 and never looking back. Continue reading