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01-31-2013, 11:51 PM
Today in Nascar History February 1st:
Winners on this date: Lee Petty and Richard Petty.
February 1st, 1903: The first annual Daytona Beach Speed Tournament is held on Ormond Beach. Alexander Winton sets the mark at 68.19 mph (a huge speed for 1903).
February 1st, 1953: Lee Petty wins the Grand National opener in West Palm Beach. He and 2nd place finisher Jimmie Lewallen each drive Dodge Diplomats prepared by Petty Motorsports.
February 1st, 1959: The brand new Daytona International Speedway opens for practice. Cars run at speed on the track despite the guardrail not being complete in the corners!!!
February 1st, 1969: Richard Petty takes the season opener at Riverside, winning by over 25 seconds. It is Petty's first start in a Ford.
02-02-2013, 01:45 AM
Today in Nascar History February 2nd:
Winners on this date: Nobody.
02-03-2013, 03:24 AM
Today in Nascar History February 3rd:
Winners on this date: Nobody.
02-04-2013, 01:03 AM
Today in Nascar History February 4th:
Winners on this date: Nobody.
02-04-2013, 11:46 PM
Today in Nascar History February 5th:
Winners on this date: Harold Kite.
February 5th, 1950: Harold Kite wins the 200 mile race on the Daytona Beach Road Course in a Lincoln. It is his first career start. He beats Red Byron by over 50 seconds in the caution free event.
February 5th, 1995: Nascar debuts its new series, the Craftsman Truck Series, with an 80 lap race at Phoenix. Mike Skinner takes the inaugural win driving a black #3 truck backed by Richard Childress.
02-06-2013, 12:32 AM
Today in Nascar History February 6th:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas.
February 6th, 1952: Nascar holds its annual victory dinner in Daytona Beach. Herb Thomas wins 2264.50 in prize money for being champion in 1951.
February 6th, 2010: Kevin Harvick wins the Bud Shootout for the 2nd straight year, joining only 3 other drivers as repeat winners of the event.
02-06-2013, 11:48 PM
Today in Nascar History February 7th:
Winners on this date: Herb Thomas.
February 7th, 1954: Herb Thomas wins the season opening race at West Palm Beach in his Hudson Hornet.
02-08-2013, 01:41 AM
Today in Nascar History February 8th:
Winners on this date: Nobody.
February 8th, 1976: The 3 fastest qualifiers times' for the Daytona 500 are disallowed by Nascar after illegal parts are found on all of them. This gives the pole to relative unknown driver Ramo Stott.
February 8th, 2013: The 4th class of the Nascar Hall of Fame is officially inducted: Leonard Wood, Buck Baker, Herb Thomas, Cotton Owens, and Rusty Wallace.
02-08-2013, 11:16 PM
Today in Nascar History February 9th:
Winners on this date: Nobody.
February 9th, 1952: A two way radio is first used in Nascar competition in the 100 mile Modified and Sportsman division race at Daytona. Driver Al Stevens is able to talk to crew chief Cotton Bennett while driving and he finishes 27th in the field of 118 cars. Tim Flock crosses the line 1st in the event, but is disqualified for illegal roll bars, giving the win to Jack Smith.
02-10-2013, 02:57 AM
Today in Nascar History February 10th:
Winners on this date: Marshall Teague.
02-11-2013, 12:22 AM
Today in Nascar History February 11th:
Winners on this date: Marshall Teague, Pete Hamilton, and David Pearson.
February 11th, 1951: Marshall Teague dominates in his Hudson Hornet and takes the victory in the 1951 season opener on the Daytona Beach Road Course.
February 11th, 1953: Nascar holds its 4th annual victory dinner in Daytona Beach. Lee Petty wins the most popular driver award. It had not been awarded since the 1949 season.
February 11th, 1994: Veteran driver Neil Bonnett loses his life in a practice crash while attempting a comeback at the Daytona 500. Bonnett crashes head on into the turn 4 wall suffering massive head trauma. An eerily similar crash in the same corner at the same track would end the life of Bonnett's close friend Dale Earnhardt in 2001 :(
02-11-2013, 11:20 PM
Today in Nascar History February 12th:
Winners on this date: Fireball Roberts, Jack Smith, Darel Dieringer, and Junior Johnson.
February 12th, 1960: Herman Beam becomes the first driver to ever receive a black flag in an event. Beam is running the 100 mile qualifying race at Daytona-but he forgot to put on his helmet when he got in the car! Nascar officials notice and give Beam the black flag, parking him for the remainder of the event.
02-12-2013, 11:45 PM
Today in Nascar History February 13th:
Winners on this date: Lee Petty.
Note: The next week or so is a very busy week in Nascar History!!! :)
02-14-2013, 12:03 AM
Today in Nascar History February 14th:
Winners on this date: Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison (2 times), Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, and Jamie McMurray.
February 14th, 1960: Junior Johnson passes Bobby Johns with 9 laps to go and goes onto win the 2nd annual Daytona 500. Johnson's 59 Chevy Impala beats 68 cars and he collects 19,600 dollars for his win.
This is some footage taken from the grandstand during the 1960 500-gives you a great look of what it looks like.
This was the sportsman support race in 1960-the biggest crash in Nascar History (and it will remain so-as more than 43 cars were involved lol) miraculously no one was seriously hurt in this!
February 14th, 1965: Fred Lorenzen beats Darel Dieringer by a lap to win a rain shortened Daytona 500.
February 14th, 1971: Richard Petty beats Buddy Baker to the line to claim his 3rd career Daytona 500 victory. It is a 1-2 finish for Petty Enterprises in the race. Dick Brooks finishes 7th in the race in a winged Dodge Daytona-the last time the car appears in a Nascar race.
February 14th, 1982: Bobby Allison wins his 2nd career Daytona 500, dominating and winning the race by over a lap.
The Big One-took out most of the good drivers
February 14th, 1988: Father and son Bobby and Davey Allison battle to the line and score a 1-2 finish in the Daytona 500 with Bobby winning over his son in one of the most memorable Daytona 500s ever. Bobby to this day has no memory of the day due to his serious crash at Pocono and the resulting memory loss. Also in the race the tire wars once again start as Hoosier tires appear on 10 vehicles. Richard Petty also escapes a horrifying frontstretch crash in which the famed #43 tumbles end over end and then gets clobbered in a big accident.
Starting Line Up
February 14th, 1993: With his father Ned Jarrett calling from the announce booth, Dale Jarrett holds off Dale Earnhardt in "the Dale and Dale show" It is Earnhardt’s 15th attempt at the win, and he again comes up short, this time to Jarrett and the relative newcomer Joe Gibbs racing team. The day is filled with wrecks, including Rusty Wallace’s horrifying tumble down the backstretch.
Restart and Kyle Petty/Bobby Hillin crash-Petty had been dominant car of the day to this point.
February 14th, 1999: Jeff Gordon makes a daring pass on Rusty Wallace with 11 laps to go and holds off Dale Earnhardt to win his 2nd career Daytona 500. (This pass was one of the main things that led to yellow line rule) (Also Tony Stewart’s first Cup race for those wondering)
Big One-Jarrett Upside Down
February 14th, 2010: In one of the wildest and weirdest Daytona 500's of all-time, Jamie McMurray takes the biggest win of his career, holding off a hard charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the line. The race was the longest in 500 history at 520 miles due to 3 attempts at a green white checker finish and it also had 52 lead changes among a record 21 different drivers. It contained 2 separate red flags for a pothole in the middle of the track in turn 2 that kept coming up. The race finished almost 6 and a half hours after it started.
02-15-2013, 12:51 AM
Today in Nascar History February 15th:
Winners on this date: Red Byron, Bill Blair, David Pearson, Richard Petty, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Matt Kenseth.
February 15th, 1948: In the first ever sanctioned race by Nascar (the first race in Nascar Cup Series history) Red Byron drives a 1939 Ford to victory on the Daytona Beach Road Course. 14,000 spectators pay 2.50 to watch the event.
February 15th, 1953: Bill Blair passes Fonty Flock on the last lap as Flock runs out of fuel to win on the Daytona Beach Road Course. It is the first race decided by a last lap pass in Cup Series history.
February 15th, 1976: In one of the most famous finishes in Daytona 500 and Nascar history, David Pearson keeps his wrecked racecar running and coasts across the finish line to win the Daytona 500. Pearson and rival Richard Petty are racing for the win out of turn 4 coming for the checkers when they collide and crash. Pearson keeps his car running while Petty stalls out a few feet from the finish line.
February 15th, 1981: Richard Petty wins the Daytona 500 for a record 7th time, a mark that still stands today.
February 15th, 1987: Bill Elliott passes Geoff Bodine with 3 laps to go as he runs out of gas, and holds on to take his 2nd career Daytona 500 victory. This is the last Daytona 500 ran without a restrictor plate.
February 15th, 1998: After 20 years of frustration, Dale Earnhardt conquers Nascar’s biggest race and wins the Daytona 500. (No explaining to do-I’m sure everyone knows this race and has seen it 1000000 times)
February 15th, 2004: 6 years to the day after his father won the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. holds off Tony Stewart to win the Great American Race.
February 15th, 2009: Matt Kenseth uses a push from Kevin Harvick to pass Elliott Sadler and get out front right before the rains come and Nascar calls the Daytona 500. The win is Kenseth's first 500 triumph and the first for car owner Jack Roush.
The big one
02-16-2013, 12:34 AM
Today in Nascar History February 16th:
Winners on this date: Fireball Roberts, Joe Weatherly, Benny Parsons, Geoff Bodine, Davey Allison, Jeff Gordon, and Michael Waltrip.
February 16th, 1975: David Pearson spins with 3 laps to go, giving the lead to relative underdog Benny Parsons who goes onto win the Daytona 500. It is the biggest victory of his career.
February 16th, 1986: Dale Earnhardt has to come in to pit with 3 laps to go in the Daytona 500, leaving leader Geoff Bodine with no challenge as he goes onto win the Daytona 500.
February 16th, 1992: Davey Allison beats Morgan Shepherd in a run to the line to win the Daytona 500. All of Allison's big rivals are taken out in a multi-car accident on the backstretch midway through the event.
February 16th, 1997: Jeff Gordon passes Bill Elliott with 6 laps to go and leads a 1-2-3 finish for Hendrick Motorsports in the Daytona 500-giving a tribute to their owner who is battling Leukemia.
Robert Pressley Wild Ride (check the camera angles on the backstretch at the start of the clip-those are sweet-need to be brought back!)
Earnhardt Interview after flip on backstretch
February 16th, 2003: Michael Waltrip holds off rookie Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch to win the rain shortened Daytona 500-the 2nd of his career.
February 16th, 2013: In the first race for Nascar’s new “Gen 6” racecar, Kevin Harvick holds off a last lap charge by Greg Biffle to win the Sprint Unlimited exhibition event at Daytona for the 3rd time in 5 years.
02-17-2013, 01:10 AM
Today in Nascar History February 17th:
Winners on this date: Cotton Owens, Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, Bill Elliott, Ernie Irvan, Ward Burton, and Ryan Newman.
February 17th, 1957: Cotton Owens drives a Pontiac to victory at the Daytona Beach Road Course. It is the first victory for the nameplate in Nascar history.
February 17th, 1974: Richard Petty comes from behind to win the Daytona 500, making the winning pass with 11 laps remaining. The race is only 450 miles due to the energy shortage of 1974.
February 17th, 1980: Buddy Baker wins the fastest Daytona 500 in history, averaging over 177 mph in his victory, which comes in his 18th try.
Last 13 laps
February 17th, 1985: Bill Elliott demolishes the field and wins the Daytona 500 easily. Elliott’s fast Ford sat on the pole at over 205 mph and almost lapped the entire field in its qualifying race.
February 17th, 1991: Ernie Irvan holds onto win the Daytona 500 as Dale Earnhardt and Davey Allison crash behind him in the late laps. It is Irvan's 2nd career win.
February 17th, 2002: Ward Burton pulls off one of the biggest upsets in Nascar history, winning the Daytona 500. Burton takes advantage of a mental blunder by leader Sterling Marlin, who, under a red flag, gets out of his car and pulls on his fender-which is a no-no.
February 17th, 2008: Ryan Newman gets a late race push from Penske teammate Kurt Busch to pass the Toyotas of Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch and win the 50th running of the Daytona 500. It is the first for car owner Roger Penske.
February 17th, 2013: Danica Patrick makes history by winning the pole for the Daytona 500 at over 196 mph. The accomplishment marks the first ever pole for a female in Nascar’s highest division and the first one for a female in the Great American Race. It is also Patrick’s first career Cup pole and the fastest qualifying lap turned at Daytona since 1991.
02-18-2013, 12:04 AM
Today in Nascar History February 18th-perhaps the single most important day in Nascar history for a lot of reasons-some good and some bad.
Winners on this date: Fireball Roberts, Richard Petty (2 times), Derrike Cope, Dale Jarrett, Michael Waltrip, and Kevin Harvick.
February 18th, 1962: Fireball Roberts driving Smokey Yunick's smoking fast #22 car, destroys the field in the Daytona 500, completing a complete sweep of Speedweeks. Richard Petty and his team who finished 2nd protested the car after Roberts led 144 of the 200 laps but to no avail.
February 18th, 1973: Buddy Baker dominates the Daytona 500 but loses his engine 6 laps from the finish, giving the win to Richard Petty-his 4th Daytona 500 win.
February 18th, 1979: Richard Petty holds off Darrell Waltrip on the final lap to win his 6th career Daytona 500. It is the first race covered flag to flag by a major network, as CBS chooses to cover the event. It proves a good choice, as leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough crash battling for the lead on the last lap and then subsequently "the fight" breaks out between Donnie's brother Bobby and Cale in the infield. It all makes for great and compelling television, and with the east coast covered by a snowstorm-it made for big ratings (13.5 million). Nascar had made it bigtime.
The Perfect Storm
February 18th, 1990: Dale Earnhardt dominates the Daytona 500 and appears headed for a victory when his Daytona luck bites him once again heading into turn 3 on the final lap. Earnhardt cuts a tire, allowing unheralded Derrike Cope to pass him and win the race in quite possibly the biggest upset in Daytona 500 history. It would take Earnhardt another 8 years to finally win the Great American Race.
February 18th, 1996: Dale Jarrett driving one of Robert Yates’ Fords wins his 2nd career Daytona 500, again holding off Dale Earnhardt to do so.
February 18th, 2001: Michael Waltrip breaks his 0 for 462 career streak by taking his first career win in Nascar’s biggest race, the Daytona 500. Waltrip's owner and Nascar Legend Dale Earnhardt perishes in a last lap crash while trying to hold on for 3rd place. It is perhaps Nascar's darkest day. Prior to the Earnhardt tragedy the race had been super competitive-one of the best Daytona 500s of all-time. Tony Stewart survived a harrowing flip on the backstretch late in the event and numerous lead changes had occurred. It was also the first race for Fox Sports.
Tribute to #3-im not going to link to the finish or the crash-everyone has seen it or can go see it if they want-I think this is more appropriate.
02-18-2013, 12:12 AM
Today in Nascar History February 18th continued:
February 18th, 2007: Kevin Harvick drag races Mark Martin to the line to win the Daytona 500 as chaos happens right behind them. The 2007 finish joins 1976 and 1979 as perhaps the most exciting in 500 history.
First Big Wreck
Stewart/Kurt Busch Crash-they were dominant cars of the day before this
February 18th, 2011: 10 years to the day after he wins the Daytona 500 and his boss and friend Dale Earnhardt lost his life, Michael Waltrip wins the Camping World Truck Series Race at Daytona in the #15 truck with a thrilling last lap pass of Elliott Sadler.
February 18th, 2012: In perhaps the wildest Bud Shootout Exhibition Event of all-time, Kyle Busch executes a last second pass on Tony Stewart to win by the closest margin in Shootout history. Busch survives basically spinning and saving his car twice and rallies in an amazing driving performance. Nascar's new rules limiting the two car tango bring back pack racing and result in many multi-car accidents, including one in which 4-time champ Jeff Gordon ended up on his roof and flipping on the front straight.
02-19-2013, 12:50 AM
Today in Nascar History February 19th:
Winners on this date: Cale Yarborough (2 times), Charlie Glotzbach, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, and Jimmie Johnson.
February 19th, 1970: Cale Yarborough and Charlie Glotzbach win the 125 mile qualifying races at Daytona. Rookie driver Talmadge Prince is killed in a crash on lap 19 of the 2nd race when his car gets T-boned in the driver’s door :(
February 19th, 1978: Bobby Allison passes Buddy Baker with 11 laps to go and goes on to win the Daytona 500, breaking a 67 race winless streak.
February 19th, 1984: Cale Yarborough outduels Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt on the final lap to win his 4th career Daytona 500.
February 19th, 1989: In his 17th Daytona 500 try driving the #17 car, Darrell Waltrip finally wins the Daytona 500. Waltrip uses fuel strategy to win, coasting on fumes across the line 7 seconds ahead of runner-up Ken Schrader.
February 19th, 1995: Sterling Marlin holds off a hard charging Dale Earnhardt to win the Daytona 500 for a second straight year.
February 19th, 2006: On a gloomy, misty day in Daytona, Jimmie Johnson holds off Casey Mears to win the Daytona 500. Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus, is suspended for the race from an infraction earlier in Speedweeks. Darian Grubb crews Johnson's #48 to the win.
Mess in turn 3
February 19th, 2012: Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle power car owner Jack Roush to a sweep of the front row for the Daytona 500.
02-20-2013, 12:26 AM
Today in Nascar History February 20th:
Winners on this date: Bob Welborn, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac, AJ Foyt, Cale Yarborough (2 times), Sterling Marlin, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, and Trevor Bayne.
February 20th, 1954: Cotton Owens takes the checkers in the modified division race at the Daytona Beach Road Course. The race is special because it contains the largest starting field in stock car history, 136 cars!
February 20th, 1972: AJ Foyt destroys the field in an absolutely dominating performance in the Wood Brothers #21 to win the Daytona 500.
February 20th, 1977: Cale Yarborough holds off Benny Parsons to win his 2nd career Daytona 500.
February 20th 1983: Cale Yarborough, driving a backup car after destroying his primary car in qualifying, passes Buddy Baker on the last lap to win his 3rd Daytona 500.
February 20th, 1994: In his 279th start, Sterling Marlin holds on to win the Daytona 500. It is Marlin’s first career Cup Series triumph.
Finish (whole race is on Youtube if you guys care)
February 20th, 2000: Dale Jarrett passes underdog Johnny Benson late in the going and holds off Jeff Burton to win his 3rd Daytona 500.
February 20th, 2005: Jeff Gordon holds off a snarling pack of cars behind him to win his 3rd career Daytona 500.
February 20th, 2011: In a story straight out of a fairytale book, rookie Trevor Bayne, in only his 2nd career Cup Series Start, holds off a hard charging Carl Edwards and David Gilliland to score a gigantic upset win in the Daytona 500 in the Wood Brother's famous #21 Ford. Bayne uses a fast car and patience to avoid the record 16 cautions which take place during the record-setting event (the race also had a record number of lead changes-74). Other important notables from this race: Bayne becomes the youngest Daytona 500 winner ever (20 years, 1 day-beating Jeff Gordon’s mark by 5 years). It is the 5th Daytona 500 win for the Wood Brothers, the first since David Pearson in 1976. It is Ford's 600th career Nascar Victory. It is Bayne's first win in any of the top 3 Nascar divisions period. It is the first time a driver has won the Daytona 500 in his first career start in the race since 1959 (Lee Petty-since it was the first Daytona 500). It is the first win for the Wood Brothers Team since Elliott Sadler at Bristol in 2001. It is the first Daytona 500 since the track was repaved. It is the first restrictor plate race which prominently features the 2-car tandem draft instead of a large pack.
02-20-2013, 10:56 PM
Today in Nascar History February 21st:
Winners on this date: Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Bobby Isaac, Dave Marcis, Neil Bonnett, Mark Martin, and Jimmie Johnson.
February 21st, 1948: Louis Ossinski, Bill France's aide and an attorney by trade, finishes the paperwork and makes the organization known as Nascar an official corporate entity.
February 21st, 1954: Tim Flock wins the race at the Daytona Beach Road Course but is disqualified, giving Lee Petty the victory. A furious Flock quits Nascar.
February 21st, 1982: Dave Marcis stays out at Richmond as it begins raining at lap 250 of 400. Nascar calls the race giving Marcis an upset victory. Marcis was the only driver on the lead lap who chose to stay out under the yellow for rain.
February 21st, 2010: Jimmie Johnson takes advantage of a timely caution which puts him in the lead late in the going and holds off a hard charging Kevin Harvick to take the win at California, the 48th of his career and 4th in the last 6 races at the track.
02-21-2013, 11:05 PM
Today in Nascar History February 22nd:
Winners on this date: Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Johnny Rutherford, Pete Hamilton, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth (2 times).
February 22nd, 1959: The first Daytona 500 is run on the brand new Daytona International Speedway. Johnny Beauchamp is flagged as the winner of the event. Beauchamp finishes side by side in a photo finish with Lee Petty, who most observers feel won the event. Bill France declares the results unofficial and decides to review photographs to make a choice on the outcome.
February 22nd, 1963: Open wheel driver Johnny Rutherford takes the win in the 2nd 100 mile qualifying race at Daytona. Rutherford becomes only the 6th driver to win in their first career Cup start.
February 22nd, 1970: Pete Hamilton, driving a Petty Enterprises car, takes the upset win in the Daytona 500, passing David Pearson with 9 laps remaining and holding on to the victory.
February 22nd, 2004: Matt Kenseth beats Kasey Kahne to the line in a thrilling photo finish at Rockingham. It is the last Cup Series race held at the historic North Carolina track.
Carl Long Crash
February 22nd, 2009: Matt Kenseth, fresh off his Daytona 500 win, makes it 2 for 2 by winning at California. It is Kenseth's 3rd Spring race victory at the track in the last 4 years.
02-23-2013, 01:10 AM
Today in Nascar History February 23rd:
Winners on this date: Paul Goldsmith, Richard Petty (2 times), LeeRoy Yarbrough, Kyle Petty, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Jarrett.
February 23rd, 1958: Paul Goldsmith takes the win on the Daytona Beach Road Course driving a Smokey Yunick prepared Pontiac. It is the last Nascar race ever held on the 4.1 mile beach road course.
February 23rd, 1964: Richard Petty absolutely destroys the field in the Daytona 500, leading 184 of the 200 laps en route to a dominating win. It is his first Daytona 500 triumph and Plymouth cars with the new powerful Hemi engine finish 1-2-3 in the race.
February 23rd, 1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough, starting in a back up car after crashing in his qualifying race, passes Charlie Glotzbach on the final lap and wins the Daytona 500.
February 23rd, 1986: Kyle Petty scores an unlikely win at Richmond as the top 4 cars all crash in front of him in the late laps. The wreck is caused by Dale Earnhardt, who hooks rival Darrell Waltrip into the wall in retaliation for Waltrip hitting him earlier in the event.
February 23rd, 2003: Dale Jarrett holds off Matt Kenseth and wins at Rockingham.
February 23rd, 2013: One of the scariest wrecks in Nascar history occurs in the Nationwide event at Daytona as a melee coming to the checkered flag see’s Kyle Larson’s car go airborne and into the catch fencing. Pieces of his car shatter injuring multiple fans, a few seriously. Miraculously all drivers and fans survive the shocking event.
The finish to the race
02-24-2013, 04:48 AM
Today in Nascar History February 24th:
Winners on this date: Fonty Flock, Fireball Roberts, Joe Weatherly, Tiny Lund, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Fred Lorenzen, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt (2 times), Matt Kenseth, and Jimmie Johnson.
February 24th, 1946: Red Byron wins a stock car race in Orlando, Florida. It is the first race he has competed since being shot down in World War 2. Byron, a successful pilot, survives but spends 27 months in an Army hospital.
February 24th, 1948: Fonty Flock wins the race in Jacksonville, Florida. Late in the race Flock's steering wheel breaks, but Flock miraculously drives and wins the race by using the one remaining steering spoke!
February 24th, 1961: Fireball Roberts and Joe Weatherly win the 100 mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500, which are marred by bad accidents. In the opening race Richard Petty flies over the guardrail, emerging only with a sprained ankle. In the second race Johnny Beauchamp and Lee Petty both go sailing over the railing on the high banks. The elder Petty is not so lucky, as he is seriously injured in his accident, essentially ending his racing career.
Crash (I don’t know how they even survived).
February 24th, 1963: Filling in for the injured Marvin Panch, DeWayne "Tiny" Lund delivers the race of a lifetime and wins the Daytona 500. Ford captures the first 5 spots in the event.
February 24th, 2012: Danica Patrick qualifies on pole for the NNS 300 miler at Daytona, becoming the 1st female pole sitter in Nascar since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta in 1994 and the first ever female pole sitter in Nascar at Daytona International Speedway in history.
February 24th, 2013: Jimmie Johnson holds off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin to claim his 2nd career Daytona 500 victory in his 400th Cup Series start. The race is the debut of Nascar's Gen 6 racecar and sees polesitter Danica Patrick make history by becoming the first female to lead under green in a Cup race, lead in the Daytona 500, become the first female to lead in both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, and have the best finish of a female in the Daytona 500 (8th).
02-25-2013, 12:04 AM
Today in Nascar History February 25th:
Winners on this date: Joe Weatherly, Paul Goldsmith, Earl Balmer, Richard Petty, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Steve Park, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards.
February 25th, 1959: Lee Petty is finally declared the official winner of the inaugural Daytona 500, 61 hours after the race had completed. Petty's victory is decided after Nascar's higher ups view photos of the finish of the event, and indeed, Petty had won.
February 25th, 1968: Cale Yarborough beats LeeRoy Yarbrough to win the Daytona 500.
February 25th, 1990: Mark Martin takes the win at Richmond. After the race it is discovered that the carburetor was illegal on Martin's car. He is docked 46 points and crew chief Robin Pemberton (kind of funny that he’s the guy fining people now HAHA) was fined 40,000 bucks.
February 25th, 1996: Dale Earnhardt knocks Bobby Hamilton out of the way with 50 laps to go and goes onto win at Rockingham.
February 25th, 2001: In the first race run since the death of Dale Earnhardt, DEI driver Steve Park scores an emotional win for the team and for Nascar.
February 25th, 2007: For the second straight year, Matt Kenseth has the field covered at California Speedway in the Spring, easily winning the event.
February 25th, 2008: In a rain delayed race run on Monday, Carl Edwards passes Jimmie Johnson in the late going and goes on to win the Auto Club 500.
02-26-2013, 12:51 AM
Today in Nascar History February 26th:
Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Marvin Panch, Mario Andretti, Benny Parsons, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth.
February 26th, 1956: Tim Flock wins the race at Daytona Beach for the 2nd straight year. He outruns a huge field of 76 cars for the victory.
February 26th, 1961: Frieball Roberts dominates and his on his way to victory in the Daytona 500 when his engine blows up with 13 laps to go, gifting the win to his teammate Marvin Panch who is running 2nd behind Roberts.
February 26th, 1967: Open Wheel ace Mario Andretti leads the final 33 laps to win the Daytona 500, his first career Nascar victory.
February 26th, 1984: Ricky Rudd beats Darrell Waltrip to the line to score a popular hometown victory at Richmond. Rudd is still battered and bruised from his horrific wreck at Daytona, but manages to win the race anyways.
Rudd’s Daytona Wreck
February 26th, 2006: Matt Kenseth holds off Jimmie Johnson and teammate Carl Edwards to win at California Speedway.
February 26th, 2012: For the first time in the 54 year history of the Great American Race, bad weather forces the postponement of the Daytona 500 to Monday.
02-27-2013, 03:04 AM
Today in Nascar History February 27th:
Winners on this date: Tim Flock, Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty (2 times), Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth.
February 27th, 1949: Three events are staged at Broward Speedway, with one being a late added Strictly Stock late model race. Benny Georgeson wins the experimental event while Bob Flock wins the main attraction, the roadster race.
February 27th, 1955: Fireball Roberts is disqualified after crossing the line first, giving the win at Daytona Beach to Tim Flock and car owner Carl Kiekhaefer-the first for his newly formed team.
February 27th, 1965: Ned Jarrett demolishes the field in the 100 mile race at Spartanburg, SC, winning by an astonishing 22 laps. Only 16 cars start the race, giving Jarrett an obvious advantage over some rather weak competition.
February 27th, 1966: Richard Petty relies on a lightning fast car to recover from over 2 laps down and cruises to an easy win over Cale Yarborough in the Daytona 500. The race also doesn’t run the whole way, as a Thunderstorm ends the event after 198 laps of the 200.
February 27th, 1994: Rusty Wallace wins at Rockingham in a Ford. Team owner Roger Penske had switched from Pontiac to Ford in the off-season, and Wallace wins for the captain the 2nd time out in the Blue Oval.
February 27th, 2005: Greg Biffle holds off his Roush Racing teammates and takes the win at California.
February 27th, 2011: Jeff Gordon roughs up leader Kyle Busch and passes him late in the going to score the victory at Phoenix, ending the longest winless streak of his illustrious career and tying him on the all-time Cup Series wins list with Cale Yarborough. The race is uncharacteristically wild for a Phoenix event. The last race on the pavement before a repave and reconfiguration of the track sees a record number of lead changes and a massive 13-car accident on the backstretch early in the race.
Phoenix Big One
February 27th, 2012: The first ever rain delayed Daytona 500 is run in Primetime on a Monday night for the first time and produces a wild race which sees perhaps one of the weirdest and wildest moments in Nascar history. Under yellow Juan Pablo Montoya loses control of his car and slams into a Jet Dryer on the track, creating a massive inferno and leading to a long delay to clean up the track. When the race resumes it runs into Tuesday night, in which it sees 2009 champion Matt Kenseth hold off Dale Jr. and teammate Greg Biffle to score his 2nd career Daytona 500 win.
02-28-2013, 01:24 AM
Today in Nascar History February 28th:
Winners on this date: Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, AJ Foyt, Rusty Wallace, and Jimmie Johnson.
February 28th, 1960: Young Richard Petty takes the first win of his career at age 22 by winning the 100 mile event at Charlotte Fairgrounds Speedway. Petty gets 800 dollars for the win.
February 28th, 1965: Richard Petty, on boycott from Nascar as a part of the Plymouth boycott, loses control of his 1965 drag car at a drag race in Dallas, GA. The car goes into a group of spectators, killing an 8 year-old boy :(
February 28th, 1971: AJ Foyt drives the Wood Brothers #21 to the win at the brand new Ontario Motor Speedway. It is the 1000th race in Nascar history.
February 28th, 2010: Jimmie Johnson passes teammate Jeff Gordon late in the going to win at Las Vegas. It is Johnson's 4th Vegas victory in the last 6 events there, his 49th career win overall, his 2nd in a row in 2010, and his 15th on a 1 and a half mile track, the most all-time.
BTW-for those wondering 1 race has been held on leap day, February 29th. Richard Petty won it.